Matt C. Reynolds is an Environmental Designer whose expertise and enthusiasm lies in Architectural Conservation, Material Culture, and Graphic Design. For the past fve years Matt has been focused on studying and traveling the North Atlantic Rim in order to understand the architecture and built history of rural and peripheral coastal settlements; locations include Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Norway, the Magdalen Islands, Iceland, and most recently the Faroe Islands.
Matt’s current thesis work, Maintaining the Character of a Place: Critical Approaches to Architectural Conservation explores how we construct and maintain our cultural history—built and otherwise—across several disciplines. Exploring themes of maintenance, repair, and adaptation of built heritage, the work takes a critical look at the stewardship of built heritage. Through strategic interventions on the site of two vacant school buildings in Bonavista, Newfoundland, the project looks beyond character defning elements of individual buildings, in favour of the local traditions that characterize the place: the practical, informal adaptation of buildings and their continual maintenance. Building a visual dictionary of tactics and pushing three divergent strategies as fas as possible, the thesis explores how we might clarify our language and architectural strategy to foster a more constructive dialogue in Architectural Conservation.