Matt Byers


Adjunct Instructor in Art and Art History

Matt is a licensed architect and educator with broad experience in residential, corporate and commercial design and has successfully designed and managed a diverse range of projects. Through his travels, studies and practice, Matt has developed a keen interest in the relationship between structure and landscape and the act of dwelling in and movement through these two realms.

Earning a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University’s School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Colorado College, Matt brings a unique perspective and interdisciplinary approach to the practice of design.  

Matt is a Principal at the architectural design firm PLAAD, LLC, and serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture where he teaches undergraduate architectural design studio as well as courses in furniture design and ornament.  With Gustavus Assistant Professor Betsy Byers, Matt also helped lead a Gustavus IEX study abroad program to Florence, Italy focusing on the art and architecture of Renaissance Italy.

Prior to helping establish the architectural design firm PLAAD, LLC, Matt worked at a number of architectural firms in Minneapolis, including Architectural Alliance, 20 Below Studio and James Dayton Design. 

Matt devotes a significant amount of time outside of the office to volunteer activities, serving as a professional mentor for the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, and having served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Environmental Fund.

A native of Colorado, Matt has also lived in Oregon and Washington and has a passion for backcountry backpacking, hiking, camping, skiing, swimming, collecting rocks and minerals, carpentry and woodworking. Matt and his family live in Saint Peter, Minnesota.


Yale University, M.ARCH; Colorado College, B.A. Physics

Course Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-104 Design in Architecture 1 2018/JN