Matt Reynolds

  • Senior Associate
  • Sydney

” ‘Burleigh Worlds’ 1993.. it was my return to club racing [cycling] after my first year studying architecture at QUT… in the final lap of the criterium another competitor made a decisive attack around the outside of the peloton.. not wanting to let him get away I jumped for his wheel but upon noticing his lone attack had been thwarted he sat up. My acceleration to catch his wheel had thrown me off the front of the pack, and at good speed into the only small hill on the 1.4km loop, so I carried my speed up the hill and made the turn into the back straight with the throttle open. I quickly passed the other grade racing on the shared criterium circuit to encouraging shouts to ‘Go for it!’

Head down and not daring to look back I time-trialled the remaining 800m to the finish line only checking for any last minute sprints from the chasing bunch out of the last corner to find I had tailed the whole field off by over 120m. I had time to go across the line with arms in the air celebrating my first victory in cycling. It was back to university to continue my architectural degree the following week… no more time for racing despite my good form.”

Matt joined Populous in 2000 and is currently working on the $1B Darling Harbour Live project in Sydney as team leader on the new Sydney Entertainment Centre. Previously he has gained experience in several Populous offices including London, Kansas City and Brisbane as well as on site project work in Kuala Lumpur.

Matt was part of the team on Suncorp Stadium, and led the external work including the major North and South plazas and the link bridge across Milton Road. He was also Design Team leader on the Nanjing Stadium for the Nanjing Sports Park, and worked on the Beijing Olympic Stadium competition entry.

Matt also worked on the Telstra Connected Lounge at ANZ Stadium – an imaginative and totally immersive game day experience for fans to attending a live sporting event.

Matt is particularly interested in creating multi-functional spaces through the inventive interpretation of materials and program.

In 2011 Matt was invited to be a member on the inaugural Designex Advisory Panel, a role he still holds. More recently he joined the DARCH Committee, providing professional feedback to recent graduates.

Most recently Matt and colleague Andrew Noonan won the Populous Fellowship providing them with the opportunity to conduct global research on the future of Live Music Venues completing their tour of North American Live Music Venues in late 2014.

” ‘Burleigh Worlds’ 1993.. it was my return to club racing [cycling] after my first year studying architecture at QUT… in the final lap of the criterium another competitor made a decisive attack around the outside of the peloton.. not wanting to let him get away I jumped for his wheel but upon noticing his lone attack had been thwarted he sat up. My acceleration to catch his wheel had thrown me off the front of the pack, and at good speed into the only small hill on the 1.4km loop, so I carried my speed up the hill Read More »

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