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Matthew McGrane

Matthew McGrane

Studio Director, Farr Associates

FarrMatthew’s career thrives at the intersection of multiple modes of practice including user-centered design, research, and advocacy.  In his current role as Studio Director, Matthew is pushing the boundaries of sustainable, equitable design on projects and initiatives aimed at preserving the environment and multiplying the impact of design for underserved populations.  From affordability to equity, Matthew’s work strives to identify specific issues and address them head-on using integrated design thinking.  As a passionate advocate for transparency and accountability, Matthew has carried Farr Associates from preacher to practitioner, spearheading the firm’s change in designation to both a Benefit Corporation and JUST organization.  His fervor for leadership and his proven devotion to a sustainable future represent what the world needs most right now – passions turned into practice.  

Matthew is a co-facilitator of the Chicago Living Building Collaborative and was honored as the AIA Chicago Dubin Family Young Architect of the Year in 2018.

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