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Home for the Holidays

17 December 2018

Livable Buckhead features guest author and neighborhood resident, Matt Finn, as he discusses what he and his wife, Stephanie, do in their home for the holidays - and why they choose to enjoy a lot of time there.


Developers Ted Bradford (left) and Gene Kansas (right) represented the world class team that made Constellations a reality.

Atlanta Magazine names Constellations 2018 Best of Atlanta

28 November 2018

Atlanta magazine has been producing an annual Best of Atlanta list for 37 years; their team of editors and writers combs the metro area all year to determine the best places to dine, play, and shop. Learn more about how Constellations supports entrepreneurs with a workplace for the 21st century in a 1910 Southern School Book Building.

The 2018 Best of Atlanta issue is on newsstands now and will be available online soon!

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KSU President Pam Whitten alongside 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Matt Finn ’07, Daryle Higginbotham ’89 and Brian Pendley ’94.

Matt Finn receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Kennesaw State University

5 October 2018

From KSU: Three prominent Kennesaw State University alumni, were recognized during KSU’s 27th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner. The event, sponsored by Nationwide, was held in conjunction with Kennesaw State’s 2018 Homecoming week.

The Distinguished Alumni Award program was established in 1992 to honor KSU’s most accomplished graduates on an annual basis. A distinguished alumnus/alumna is a person who exemplifies the ideals and mission of the University; demonstrates distinguished achievement in his/her chosen field at a local, regional and/or national level; and embodies the spirit of Kennesaw State’s commitment to community engagement through service, University involvement or philanthropic endeavors.


VoyageATL interviews Matt Finn of Cognitive Design

31 January 2018

From VoyageATL: Every neighborhood in Atlanta has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  VoyageATL finds the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Atlanta’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out one of Buckhead’s rising stars and Cognitive Design Founder Matt Finn.



Matt Finn profiled by

28 September 2017

Constellations profiles architect Matt Finn - who they're happy to say is the architect of their adaptive reuse of a 1910 Neel Reid building into a civic and social shared workspace - and that Cognitive Design will have an office there, too! 

Follow on instagram to watch this space come to life as we march towards a Grand Opening in Spring 2018!

Photo: Cognitive Design, LLC

Photo: Cognitive Design, LLC

DiversABILITY Conference & Expo

6 October 2017

As part of Kennesaw State University's Diversability Expo, Dr. Jeffrey Orr moderates a session with presentations and a panel discussion by Psychologist Kevin Henderson of CaringWorks and architect Matt Finn of Cognitive Design.  Their session “Architecture and Programming through Holistic Approaches” was a Universal Access and Environmental Responsibility presentation, with Sign Language and Computer Assisted Real-Time Transcription (CART) services for hearing- or vision-impaired.


KSU Thesis Competition

21 April 2017

Congratulations to Laura Sherman and Brandon Aultman for winning first and second place in the Kennesaw State University Architecture 2017 Thesis Competition! The competition judging was led by moderator Matt Finn (Cognitive Design) and included guest critics Jeremy Ficca (Carnegie Mellon University), Zoë Ryan (Art Institute of Chicago), Vaughn Horn (Boston Architectural College), and Alex Paulson (Randall Paulson Architects).

Photo: KSU Magazine

Photo: KSU Magazine

Architecture Answers

Spring 2017

Kennesaw State University Magazine features Alumnus Matthew A. Finn (Founder, Cognitive Design) in their Spring 2017 print issue citing his "insight on the correlation between human health and environment design." Tony Rizzuto, chair of the department of Architecture, describes Matt's work by saying "His research has had a transformative impact on the field of healthcare design, one that we can all benefit from.” 


Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

16 March 2017

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) who were recently named the 2017 EPA Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnershipsheld their first 2017 Steering Committee meeting at the Southface Campus. Input from a wide variety of experts from across the country, including TerraCycle founder Tom Szaky, Healthy Design expert Matt Finn, and numerous representatives form Atlanta's 5 largest neighborhood organizations, helped generate compelling ideas for the future of ABBC.  


Blue Sky Brooklyn: Designing a Hospital for the Future

1-3 November 2016

The Center for Health Design hosts a workshop in Brooklyn, NY on behalf of the Brooklyn Medical Relations Council.  Participants included Robin Guenther, Debra Levin, Don Orndoff, David Ruthven and Matt Finn, among many others. 


NYSID: Design, Knowledge and Experience: The Built Environment and Mental Health

5 October 2016

Program Director Breeze Glazer of the New York School of Interior Design, Master of Professional Studies in Healthcare Interior Design, invites guest lecturer Matt Finn to speak to his students. In an engaging webex presentation, Matt discussed the important role of architecture in people's mental health in healthcare environments.


Matt Finn is named the 2016 HCD 10 Researcher by Healthcare Design magazine!

September 2016

Congratulations to Matt Finn, who was just named the 2016 HCD 10 Researcher by Healthcare Design magazine!  The HCD 10 is an elite group of design and architecture professionals who represent the most exciting, inspirational, and influential healthcare work of the previous year.  Matt is the first practicing architect to be awarded the distinction of being named the HCD 10 Researcher in the award's history. 


Careers in Architecture Panel Discussion

14 September 2016

Elaheh Demirchelie moderates a panel discussion on careers in architecture for an auditorium of future architects at Kennesaw State University, Marietta Campus. Panelists included architects Matt Finn, Patrick Chopson, and Taylor Pitelka.


Health and Design Practitioner Workshop

16 August 2016

The Green Health Partnership organizes an extraordinary workshop at the CDC's Roybal Campus in Atlanta, GA. As part of a series of workshops across the U.S., the GHP is seeking to address the challenge that human health is inextricably tied to where we live, learn, work, and play. Matt Finn was honored to provide input as a practicing architect, in the diverse group of participants ranging from nutrition scientists, public health officials from the CDC to a representative from the U.S. Federal Reserve.


Deriving and Applying Behavioral Design Principles to Foster Active Living and Healthy Eating

7-8 March 2016

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research hosts a 2-day workshop in Washington D.C. to discuss how design can address childhood obesity in America.  Matt Finn was invited to participate as a representative of the architecture industry.


Addressing Childhood Obesity in America

25 March 2016

Katie Janson and Matt Finn present their research on how design can impact childhood obesity in America to Perkins+Will, who generously funded their work on this topic through the company’s Innovation Incubator program.  Katie and Matt’s collaboration is part of a joint venture with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Collaborative of Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR).


Deriving and Applying Behavioral Design Principles to Foster Active Living and Healthy Eating

7-8 March 2016

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research hosts a 2-day workshop in Washington D.C. to discuss how design can address childhood obesity in America.  Matt Finn was invited to participate as a representative of the architecture industry, helping identify how to bridge the linguistic gap between scientists and designers, and how timing is everything in impacting design outcomes. 


Wash U: Design, Knowledge and Experience: The Built Environment and Mental Health

4 March 2016

Professor Valerie Greer's design studio at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis hosts Matt Finn as a guest lecturer and guest critic. 


Facility Design Support for Mental Health

27 January 2016

Facility Care magazine hosts a 90-minute webinar led by architect Matt Finn on design and acoustics in mental healthcare facilities.  The presentation included in-depth input from co-presenter Susan B. Wesley (PhD in music therapy), and contributors Jessica Clements (Acoustical Engineer), Edward Vega (PhD in psychology), and Clint McMahan (USMC Veteran).


Design Health Workshop

23 October 2015

Perkins+Will hosts Chris Kochtitzky and others from the CDC in an invigorating workshop around designing healthy environments.  Collaborators included Eve Edelstein, John Haymaker, Matt Finn and other great minds from P+W and the CDC.


Choose Honest Materials That Agree with the Senses

7 July 2015

Architect and Behavioral Design magazine guest blog author Matt Finn discusses the psychological benefits of using genuine materials in architecture, especially for individuals in compromised mental states, such as PTSD.


Green Guy Eric Moncrief: PTSD and the Built Environment

2 June 2015

Guest Matt Finn, architect with Perkins+Will in Atlanta, leads a research team on PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and the built environment. He and his team (Clint McMahan, Edward Vega, Marat Zanov) have discovered how architecture can facilitate the therapy for veterans with PTSD. Join us for this important discussion to help our veterans and understand how our environment can impact those diagnosed. 


Post-traumatic Understanding: The Connections Between Environmental Design and Posttraumatic Stress

16 May 2015

At the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention 2015, Matt Finn leads a presentation on his collaborative and original research on designing for veterans for the U.S. Armed Forced with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  Contributors included co-presenters Edward Vega, PhD in Psychology and Acting Director of the Trauma Recovery Program at the Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs and Clint McMahan, Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.


ANFA 2014 Conference: Posttraumatic Understanding: The Connections Between Posttraumatic Stress and Environmental Design

18-20 September 2014

At the incredible Salk Institute in La Jolla, Matt Finn presents his research on PTSD, neuroscience, and architecture at the Academy of Neuroscience For Architecture (ANFA) 2014 Conference.


White Paper: Posttraumatic Understanding

September 2014

Matt Finn releases a white paper describing his original research methods and process for collaborating with experts in psychology, human factors, military techniques, and research methodology to study how to design for complex issues through a case study on Veteran Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Contract: Designing for Health: Post-traumatic Understanding

29 May 2014

Contract magazine features guest author Matt Finn in their column "Designing for Health" about his research into designing for Veterans with PTSD.


Sidewalk Radio with Gene Kansas: Healthy Design 

26 May 2014

Host Gene Kansas interviews guests: clinical psychologist at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Edward Vega, Ph.D., innovative thinker and Perkins+Will architect, Matt Finn, and US Marine Corps veteran, Corporal Clint McMahan.  Together, they discuss and consider why design matters and how it can help make for healthier environments for combat veterans with PTSD.


Posttraumatic Understanding

13 February 2014

Architect Matt Finn presents his original design research to Perkins+Will Atlanta, which was generously funded by their Innovation Incubator program.  Partnering with United States Marine Corps veteran Corporal Clint McMahan and VA Psychologist Edward M. Vega, Matt discussed how design can facilitate therapy for combat veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The presentation was followed by a captivating group discussion. 


KSU: Inaugural Symposium, International Knowledge & Research Center (IKRC) 

1 October 2013

Kennesaw State University (formerly Southern Polytechnic State University) hosts their first symposium on Green Building, which included Panel Discussion moderated by professor Ed Akins and lectures by panelists Matt Finn, Paula McEvoy and Chris Sciarrone.