Matthew Messner A.I.A. Assoc. is a designer and critic. He holds a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) and a Master of Arts in Design Criticism (MAD-Crit) from the University of Illinois Chicago (’14) and a Bachelor of Science in architectural studies with a minor in art history and criticism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning (’08). He is the head of Messner Architecture and formerly has worked in the offices of Jimenez Lai/Bureau Spectacular and Julian De Shmedt in Copenhagen, Denmark. His design and writing have been published and featured in international galleries and publications, including the Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Graham Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Peoples Art House of Zagreb, Croatia, and the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture. From 2015 through 2018, he was the midwest editor for the nationally published Architect’s Newspaper, where he wrote and edited nearly 500 articles. Matthew was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (’09) in Afghanistan.