Matthew Fochs grew up in the small town of Slinger in rural, south-eastern Wisconsin. As a child, Matt could be found drawing or building something with thousands of his LEGOs – separated and organized by color and size of course. His decision to attend a private engineering college soon lead to a better understanding that above all, Matt enjoys the interaction between people and the built environment we will in. Four years and nearly 230 credit hours later, Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
During his time at UWM, Matt was always active in something. He served on numerous committees within the School of Architecture, participated in six national design competitions, volunteered at the school’s Design Co-op, mentored four design students, helped run the university’s American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Chapter and served two years on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Wisconsin Board of Directors. Still the interaction with his surroundings always served as the driving force for his many different activities and countless ideas running through his head.
Upon graduating cum laude, Matt was elected to serve as the 49th National Vice President of the AIAS. His year in office included visits to nearly 70 schools of architecture in four countries, and gave him the opportunity to serve on the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Board of Directors, on numerous committees of the AIA, the education committee of the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB), and two accreditation teams for the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). Other speaking engagements took him to conferences in Nova Scotia, as well as Bath and London, England.
Following a short time working in residential and commercial design firms, Matt was presented with the opportunity to take an active role in managing and overseeing the AIAS Freedom by Design Program. Now, eight years and a thousands more miles of travel for both AIAS and more recently CSI (formerly known as The Construction Specifications Institute), Matt continues to be blessed with the opportunity to work with students, emerging, and experienced professionals of the design and construction industry on the issue ranging from sustainability and industry trends, to national standards and industry textbooks. While his path as taken him far away from his LEGOs and drafting table, his love of the built environment is still the driving force for the work he does.