Cognitive Design is a curated network of diverse, respected and active field leaders working together with a common goal: to improve people's lives by studying complex issues related to the design and use of the built environment. Photo: Matthew A. Finn.

Cognitive Design is a curated network of diverse, respected and active field leaders working together with a common goal: to improve people's lives by studying complex issues related to the design and use of the built environment. Photo: Matthew A. Finn.

Our People

Cognitive Design is a curated network of diverse, respected and active field leaders working together with a common goal: to improve people's lives by studying complex issues related to the design and use of the built environment. 

Led by Founder and Director of Collaboration, Matt Finn, we assemble unique teams to address each of our client's objectives, through deep collaboration across multiple professions - this comprehensive approach renders us capable of tackling problems too complex to be solved within a single profession.

We are designers, researchers, subject matter experts. We're credible, intelligent, insightful, thoughtful, comprehensive, compassionate, creative, justified for-being-unconventional, clever, smart, artful, human-centric, conceptual, analytic, passionate and detailed... all with a nerdy twist.


Matt Finn

Matthew A. Finn AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Founder

E-mail: matt@cognitive.design

Matt, an Atlanta native and graduate of Kennesaw State University, began his career at Perkins+Will, where he contributed to a number of award-winning education, healthcare, and workplace projects including 1315 Peachtree Street, Charles R. Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academy and the University of Virginia Hospital Expansion. 

Experience working on complex architectural projects prepared Matt for practice-led research into such topics as facilitating psychotherapy for combat Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Matt’s interdisciplinary research and innovative thinking have been recognized by Healthcare Design magazine, who named Matt the 2016 HCD 10 Researcher. Additionally, Matt’s work has been featured by numerous academic institutions, media outlets and conferences including the Academy of Neuroscience For Architecture and the American Institute of Architects.