Jarosz, Matthew

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Arch & Urban Planning 299


Professor Matthew Thomas Jarosz is best known for his architectural design work related to historic preservation. By combining his teaching and research with his involvement in community preservation projects, he has provided extensive opportunities for students to apply and expand academic learning. His private practice, JaroszLynch Architects, has offered students important hands-on education in the matter of professional preservation activities.

Matt’s students are challenged to understand preservation as a philosophical as well as technical field. His courses and research have included all areas of preservation from public policy, building documentation, heritage identification, preservation guidelines creation, conservation techniques, adaptive reuse, and economic feasibility. Matt has served as the coordinator of the Certificate in Preservation Studies program at SARUP since 2001, a focused area of study for Masters of Architecture students. Matt has also chaired Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation commission several times over the past 16 years of service.

As heritage preservation continues to expand throughout the world, Matt has focused his research and teaching interests on the matter of international initiatives and collaborations. While European-based attitudes about preservation are at the core of the program, Asian approaches are becoming an important field-study option for students. Since 1996 Matt has offered summer preservation study trips to Japan and Italy for 3 to 12 credits. These international collaborations have created student and instructor exchange programs with universities in each country and have included building documentation, restoration workshops and design interventions.

Along with coordinating the Historic Preservation Certificate program at SARUP, Matt also created and directs the Historic Preservation Institute. The HPI exists as an opportunity to extend preservation research and education by providing outreach to community organizations interested in completing preservation work that is traditionally outside the scope of private architectural firms. Private and public organizations throughout Milwaukee have contracted with the HPI to complete a variety of preservation advocacy activities. Through the institute students have been able to earn credits towards their preservation certificate as well as expand their understanding of historic preservation.

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Columbia University, New York – Master of Science in Building Design 1989
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis - Bachelor of Architecture 1984
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis - Bachelor of Environmental Design 1984
Tianjin University, Tianjin China – Certificate of Architectural Design 1982

Research Focus

10 Chimneys Main House Measured Drawings and Documentation Report
Boynton Chapel, Bjorklunden Retreat Center, Baileys Harbor
Beulah Brinton House Historic Study Report, Bay View
Adler Mansion Historic Restoration Report, Milwaukee
10 Most Endangered Buildings Program - Milwaukee
St Mark’s Episcopal Church Expansion Report, Milwaukee
Alano Mansion Historic Restoration Report, Milwaukee
Milwaukee’s Historic Architectural Significance Report and Website
Frank Lloyd Wright ASBH House B-1 Historic Structures Report
Great Lakes Future Center – An Adaptive Reuse of the US Coast Guard Station, Milwaukee
Fifth Ward Study: A Vision of the Future – A Development Masterplan
Third Ward Development and Lake Access Report, Milwaukee
Historic Building Documentation Center at UWM SARUP
The Buildings of Historic Milwaukee – Preservation Advocacy and Reuse Feasibility Studies
Techniques of Building Documentation – Photographs, Autocad Drawings, Laser Scanning
Traditional Japanese Wood Construction - Historic Preservation in Japan
Survey of the Historic Soy Street – Yuasa Town, Wakayama, Japan
Survey of the Higashi-Hamaguchi Residence – Hirakawa Town, Wakayama, Japan
Survey of the Ryokan – Koya Train Station, Wakayama, Japan
Masonry Documentation and Preservation – Historic Preservation in Central Italy
Survey of the Church of San Giovanni Battista – San Gemini, Italy
Creating Historic Preservation Guidelines - Process and Implimentation
Historic Third Ward Design Guidelines - Creation and modifications
Completing Historic Structures Reports and Preservation Feasibility Plans
Working with Historic Preservation Commissions
Lecture series and workshops on historic preservation


Arch 560 Introduction to Historic Preservation
Arch 760 The History of Building Technology
Arch 615/815 The Spancrete Studio
Arch 635/835 The Historic Preservation Studio
Arch 637/837 The Competitions Studio
Arch 534 Japan - Historic Preservation in a High Tech Country
Arch 391/791 Directed Research – Building Documentation