BOSTON, Mass. — The S/L/A/M Collaborative welcomes Matthew J. Cotton, AIA, as principal of SLAM’s Boston, Massachusetts’ office. With a background in healthcare and higher education projects, Cotton will help build the firm’s national and regional institutional planning practice.
Cotton has 30 years of planning, design, client and team leadership experience in healthcare and higher education, with a particular focus on academic medical center master planning. Much of his recent work has been with national academic institutions where his planning efforts have helped enable the integration of teaching, research and healthcare missions; the transition of teaching platforms for success with today’s learning models and the mutual enrichment of institutional campuses and the public realm.
He joins SLAM from Perkins Eastman where he served as principal and leader of the institutional planning practice of the firm’s Boston. He brings unique viewpoints to planning and project delivery through his past experience as a software engineer and designer of intranet-based architectural information systems, and has led design projects and master plans for notable clients such as Tufts University Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization in the Longwood Medical Area, BJC Healthcare, The Ohio State University, the University of North Carolina, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Thomas Jefferson University among many others.
Throughout his career, Cotton has published and presented frequently at conferences nationally about planning topics including the connection between strategic enterprise success and capital facility investment. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in physics from Vassar College. A Registered Architect in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Ohio, he holds memberships in the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the Urban Land Institute, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.