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J. Matthew Norton, AIA
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Matt Norton has 22 years of architectural experience over a wide range of building types. After considering archeology and ornithology, Matt settled on pursuing architecture at age 12. Some years later, he graduated from Columbia University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a Masters of Architecture from Yale University in 1988

Following graduation from Yale, Matt began his professional career in Dallas, Texas, where he was the lead designer on many educational and aviation related buildings. In 1992 Matt formed a partnership with Richard Choate to pursue historic adaptive reuse and single-family home design opportunities.

Educational building design is a passion Matt developed early in his career, so in 1995 Matt moved to New Orleans to to focus on educational facility design and planning. After working almost exclusively on educational facility projects in New Orleans and around the United States, Matt decided to expand his focus to other exciting building types in 1999. Since then, Matt has developed a well-rounded portfolio of work including hospitality, corporate and institutional design. In 2006, Matt became a founding partner of SCNZ Architects.

Matt has a commitment to a high level of design quality and has had several projects published based on project design. He has also served as an Architectural Critic on design juries at University of Oklahoma and Tulane University. Matt is an accredited LEED professional in the field of sustainable architecture design.

A history buff, when not putting his arguably 35 years of building design study to work, Matt spends time spoiling his many nieces and nephews and exploring the barrier islands of South Carolina and Georgia.