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Dr Matthew Jones

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He is Associate Professor and Head of School at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design at Birmingham City University. Matthew’s practice-led research explores the role of design in creating thriving and resilient towns, high streets and smaller communities. In 2017 Matthew completed a PhD by design exploring place specific approaches to the development of rural towns and has been working in smaller communities as a designer, facilitator and advocate for over a decade. This culminated in the recently published RIBA book ‘Transforming Towns: Designing for Smaller Communities’, where he argues that designers have a vital role in exploring how we might adapt and transform our towns to help them thrive. Matthew continues to explore these themes through teaching, artist residencies, events and workshops, co-design, architecture and urban design, university-community collaborations, community-led planning and academic research and teaching. He is a member of West Midlands Combined Authority's Town Centre Task Force and an Advocate in Practice for Design Commission for Wales.

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