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Matthew Gaul, AIA

Matthew Gaul, AIA
Matthew Gaul, AIA
Matthew Gaul, AIA

Matthew has had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of clients from higher education and fine arts to commercial and hospitality, helping them achieve their goals while bringing out what makes them unique. His experience includes all project phases from needs assessment through move in.

Listening closely is where Matthew’s creativity starts, allowing him to draw from his client’s passions, the constraints of the project, and the expertise of every team member. His inclusive communication style ensures that every stakeholder understands the direction of the project, and how the decisions they make will shape their project. For Matthew, a successful project exceeds his client’s expectations and supports their future success, while striving to create a more sustainable, healthy, and beautiful environment for them and their community.

“Architecture is so much more than a place for everyday routines. It can create a sense of place, promote wellness, spark joy, and support thriving, successful lives.”

ALMA MATER: Iowa State University


  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Registered Architect (Iowa)




  • Design
  • Project Management
  • Advocacy


  • American Institute of Architects (AIA), 2013- Present
  • AIA Iowa Board Member 2021-2024
  • AIA Iowa Government Affairs Co-Chair, 2020-Present
  • AIA Iowa Convention Chair, 2022
  • AIA Iowa Equity Diversity Inclusion Cmte, 2020-Present
  • AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Cmte, 2019-2021 + 2014-2016 @ AIA San Francisco


  • Des Moines Leadership Institute, 2023-2024
  • Pleasant Hill Arts Foundation Treasurer, 2020-Present
  • Pleasant Hill Arts Commission, 2018-2020
  • Better Ballot Iowa, 2023-Present

Originally from Bettendorf, Iowa, Matthew spent the first four years of his career in San Francisco, earning his license, leading on the board of AIA San Francisco, and contributing to Equity by Design. Now he, his wife Belén, and adorable cat live in Des Moines, where he’s continuing to advocate in his community across a range of topics, homebrew, complete triathlons, and strive to grow the perfect BLT tomatoes.

Camp Dodge Chapel Addition and Renovation
Common Ground - Coffee Shop
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