Matthew Bell

Bell 2017Matthew Bell, FAIA is a registered architect who specializes in large-scale architecture and urban design and Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland. In addition to teaching architecture and urban design at Maryland, Bell has been active throughout the Washington/Baltimore region with professional projects ranging in scale from waterfronts, new towns and neighborhoods to civic and mixed-use buildings and schools. He has served as president of the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore and Prince George’s County, Maryland, assisting communities and community groups in matters of urban design and planning. From 1994 to 1999 Bell was the Director and conference chair of the Northeast Regional meeting of the Mayor’s Institute for City Design, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been exhibited at the Triennale di Milano and in 2006 he served as a juror for the Biennale of Venice (Italy). In addition, his graduate students have twice won the prestigious Urban Land Institute/Gerald Hines Urban Design and Development Competition.

Bell is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is a Principal in the Washington, DC office of Perkins Eastman Architects ( and also Vice President of the Restoring Ancient Stabia Foundation (, an international effort to restore the ancient seaside villas of Stabiae, near Pompei. His professional work with Perkins Eastman has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the USGBC, the Urban Land Institute and the Committee for 100 on the Federal City. Bell has degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University.