Matthew is an architect whose work focuses on community-building and heritage projects. Born and raised in the Greater Vancouver area, he has practiced in Gastown and the Downtown Eastside for over a decade. He has been closely involved in the Chinatown community throughout a period of great change with his role in the Garden and through the Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee, which he currently chairs. He is also a member of the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Action Plan Advisory Committee.
Matthew was initially attracted to the Garden Board through the opportunity to engage with the particular architectural challenge of maintaining traditional Chinese assemblies within Vancouver’s climate and building culture. Since joining the Board in 2012, he has come to recognize how significant the Garden is to the local community through the education and programming it offers, and what an important role the Garden plays in sharing Chinatown and Chinese culture with the global community.
Matthew’s vision for the Garden is to encourage the community to understand and care for this very special place to ensure it continues to grow as a place to engage, to showcase and to celebrate Vancouver’s wealth of diversity and culture.