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Matt Cole, AIA, NCARB

Matt Cole, AIA, NCARB
Matt Cole, AIA, NCARB
Matt Cole, AIA, NCARB
Architect | Partner

Matt has experience with project management, programming, and design for corporate, higher education, state and local government, civic, commercial, religious, and residential clients in Iowa and Nebraska. His past experience with tight budgets and strict schedules have allowed Matt to develop the management and communication skills required for multi-faceted teams where total buy-in is needed by key decision makers. His design approach allows for an all-inclusive strategy where the strengths of everyone involved are used to develop a final solution. Hence, Matt excels in project situations where many opinions and dreams must be brought together to create a common vision.

ALMA MATER: University of Nebraska–Lincoln

  • Master of Architecture; Awarded Cunningham Medal
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Registered Architect
    • Iowa
    • New Mexico
    • Oklahoma
  • NCARB Certified
  • LEED Accredited Professional

AREA(s) OF EXPERTISE: Project management, programming, design

  • Member, American Institute of Architects, 2003–Present
  • Building Owners & Managers Association Member, 2016–Present
  • Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association, 2022-Present


  • Ankeny Community Schools Facilities Planning Committee, 2022-Present
  • Ankeny Chamber of Commerce Member, 2022-Present
  • Downtown Des Moines Chamber member, 2017 - Present
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, 2007–2008
  • ACE Mentor Program, 2006–2019; Board Chair 2015

Matt enjoys keeping up with his triplets that attend Drake and Grand View University, attending & coaching his younger son's sporting activities, and spending time with his wife Susannah. His philosophy is to do what has to be done, when it has to be done, as well as it can be done—and do it that way all of the time. Matt is currently reading The Leadership Challenge, Think Again, and As a Man Thinkith.

219 Eighth Street
Corporate Headquarters
Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Office Renovation
Camp Dodge Urban Assault Course
Dodge House Renovations
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
College of Human Sciences
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
BBS at 219 8th Street
Lance and Ellie's Sandwich Shop
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
Memorial Union Food Court
IADA Office Renovation
Des Moines Public Market
ABC - Office Build-Out
Camp Dodge Chapel Addition and Renovation
Common Ground - Coffee Shop
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