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Co-op profile: Matthew Stoner

Matthew Stoner, B.S. in Architecture Class of 2013

DNA ARQUITECTOS  Barcelona, Spain

After studying architecture in Rome as a sophomore, Matthew Stoner spent 5 months in Barcelona, Spain, with the firm DNA Arquitectos, focusing on the conceptual design for a number of modular homes, neighborhood developments, urban landscapes, and civic buildings. Working with DNA was an invaluable experience because Matthew was given a lot of responsibility in the design process at this early stage of his education. It was his first opportunity to try his hand at designing something beyond the classroom. At Northeastern, Matthew developed the skills to visually convey ideas and concepts that bridge disciplines and help design reach a wider audience, and this enabled him to contribute at the architecture firm. Matthew was greatly influenced by the diversity and culture of the other young people at DNA, who helped him to develop both technical proficiency and digital art skills within a creative environment.


Matthew spent his next co-op at the Boston office of the architecture and design firm Perkins + Will, where he organized and completed the LEED documentation of a university student center as well as participated in the design of another student center for over nine months. During this time, Matthew worked as part of a design team to test building solutions using a wide variety of media, from building information modeling, environmental analysis software, digital rendering, diagramming, and handcrafted modeling.  He felt incredibly lucky to have been a part of this process, and to have contributed to so many stages of the project. He got to do a little bit of everything along the way, and now has a better understanding and appreciation of the long, careful process that occurs before arriving at a final product. The office was conceived of as a large, open “laboratory,” for the exchange of ideas and architectural innovation, and the co-op experience was enhanced by the many extracurricular educational opportunities, from technology presentations, environmental seminars to testing of new design software.