People

Matthew Arnold

Associate Principal

AICP

SERA project I’m most proud of
I take pride in all the work I’ve done over the years as a member of SERA’s Urban Design + Planning Studio, and I can’t pick favorites. But I will say that I am particularly proud of two of SERA’s other projects – the Civic Redevelopment (for achieving sustainable design in a mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented development) and the Courtyard by Marriott – Portland City Center (for transforming a much-maligned, vacant building into a beautiful, transit-oriented, LEED-Gold hotel).

Colleges I’ve attended and degrees earned
B.A. Comparative Literature and History (Brown University), M. City Planning (University of Pennsylvania)

Architectural influencers
Frank Furness

Car, bike or bus
Bike

Fondest childhood memory
I broke an escalator once; scared me at the time, but since then I’ve learned never to underestimate a five-year-old with a plastic spoon

Favorite nonprofit
Friends of Trees, for their success in building both a healthy community and an urban canopy

Favorite restaurant
Liepzig Tavern

One thing that would improve our city
Viable, walkable, bike-able mixed-use districts in East Portland

My dream home
My Southeast Portland bungalow; I’m living the dream

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