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Matthew Fickett, AIA, CPHC, LEED®

Director of Science + Technology

Matthew, who leads SGA’s science and technology practice, is deeply involved with SGA teams in laboratory fit-out architecture and life sciences core and shell projects. As one of the leading laboratory architects in the industry, Matthew is in charge of orchestrating the rapid growth of SGA’s laboratory architecture expertise. His skillset extends beyond lab planning and includes leading project delivery in the true essence of SGA.

As a member of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories, Matthew ensures that facility designs address not only current but also future, needs. The labs that stand the test of time are highly adaptable and sustainable, allowing for rapid changes in science and promoting health and energy-efficiency. He also works closely with clients to identify the features of a building that enhance aesthetics and employee engagement. In Matthew’s view, function and beauty are not mutually exclusive.

Before joining SGA, Matthew honed his expertise in laboratory architecture at Payette, Perkins & Will, and Wilson (now HGA). At these firms, he led the design of complex and technical research facilities in higher education and commercial science. Project highlights included several facilities for nanoscale imaging and characterization and laboratories for particle physics.

Matthew, who earned the degree of Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, pursues goals of sustainable and integrated design in his spare time as well as in the office. He and his fiancé, both certified Passive House designers, are renovating their home in Massachusetts, with an eye toward attaining net-zero emissions. He also is active in developing sustainability policy and in planning for the built environment at the state and local levels. The grandchild of nuclear physicists and son of a genetic biologist, science is in Matthew’s DNA. Often his co-workers engage with him in a conversation about architecture, only to find themselves discussing Matthew’s discovery of an unusual chemical compound or an interesting physical property of a process in the lab.