Robert Matthew Noblett
Opening Keynote: Close Hauled - Preparing Architects for the Energy Transition
As Partner in the Boston office of Behnisch Architekten, Robert Matthew (Matt) Noblett has overall responsibility for the performance of the office and the projects conducted within it. Immersed in the world of drawing and model-building since his teens, Matt has built a career over more than 20 years involved with and directing highly complex civic, institutional, academic and commercial projects. Upon his graduation from MIT with a Master in Architecture in 1997, Matt spent six years designing and delivering the 2-million-square-foot, $535 million Boston Convention and Exhibition Center as an architect and project manager with Rafael Viñoly Architects. He subsequently worked on major laboratory projects at UCLA, UCSF, the University of Chicago, as well as a variety of residential and hospitality designs. Matt joined Behnisch Architekten in 2007, directing the firm’s work on the ILFI-certified and LEED Platinum Harvard University Science & Engineering Complex, a 1-million-square-foot, $1 billion research campus. He went on to deliver the LEED Platinum Jon and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore, the LEED Platinum Karl Miller Center at Portland State University, the Langsdale Library at the University of Baltimore, and the Artists for Humanity Epicenter in Boston. Matt has simultaneously managed a schedule of lectures and periodic teaching appointments at a variety of institutions of higher learning. Matt was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2022.