MLZDESIGN was established in 2007 by Matt Zambelli. The design studio consults on projects related to the disciplines of contemporary landscape architecture, green infrastructure, urban design, public art and design computation. This interdisciplinary approach recognizes that all design projects are elements of complex systems which comprise the built environment. MLZDESIGN believes that these systems can be modeled to both inform and validate design decisions. The studio accomplishes this by utilizing technological tools developed for the allied fields of geography, ecology, architecture, industrial design, and media arts. The resultant design process develops environmentally sensitive solutions that operate at the intersection of art, technology, and function.
Matt Zambelli, PLA
Matt Zambelli is a Professional Landscape Architect and Designer based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Over the past eleven years Matt has utilized MLZDESIGN to push the boundaries of traditional Landscape Architecture practices into the realm of 3D immersive design, real-time environmental analytics, and digital fabrication. This methodology combines the core principles of Landscape Architecture with advanced computational models, custom scripting, and physical prototyping in order to ensure that all projects are informed by both natural processes as well as construction processes.
Matt’s professional experience ranges from large scale land planning efforts in watershed management, to detailed site design and fabrication. His position as the Green Infrastructure Specialist for the Westmoreland County Conservation District has led to the creation and implementation of a county wide real-time green infrastructure monitoring program to gather scientific data about how various GI practices perform in our region. This effort has recently been expanded upon to develop custom software interfaces that provide both visualizations and performance analytics for real-time sensing applications. While at WCD Matt has also been involved in the design and construction of dozens of local GI and watershed restoration projects. Prior to his work at WCD, Matt has worked professionally for landscape architecture firms in Naples, Toronto, and Pittsburgh. His professional work has included resort design, urban design, community planning, green infrastructure, industrial design and digital design
Matt holds a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and studied Urban Design at the Pantheon Institute in Rome, Italy. He has served as a guest juror for urban design studios at Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, and the Pennsylvania State University. He has also conducted digital design and fabrication seminars at the University of Toronto and served as a visiting professor at Pennsylvania State University teaching a design build studio with a concentration on digital design and fabrication. His consultant work under MLZDESIGN includes commissions in the areas of urban design, stormwater infrastructure, urban sensing and digital visualization.
Matt Zambelli, PLA