Matthew Bernstine, AICP, LEEPAP, is an award-winning designer and educator actively engaged. In his current role as associate director of the Sam Fox School’s Office for Socially Engaged Practice, he leads collaborative, socially engaged initiatives and supports practices in art, architecture, and design.
He is a lecturer for graduate-level courses in the fields of urban sustainability, informal urbanism, urban design research methods, and community design. He previously served as the senior urban designer and planner within WashU’s Office of the University Architect & Real Estate.
He works to integrate practice, community-led design, and academic scholarship and has done so through collaborative endeavors. Examples include the creation of Peace Park, Sumner StudioLab, award-winning Misi-Ziibi Living Delta Design Competition, the Mobility for All by All initiative. Before coming to St. Louis, Bernstine worked for over a decade in the private sector as an urban designer and planner in New York City, San Francisco, and Charlottesville. He enjoys collaborating and connecting with people and groups that push the boundaries of the built environment. In recent years, he has served on the boards of the St. Louis Metro American Planning Association and St. Louis Regional Data Alliance. He is currently a member of St. Louis City’s Community Mobility Committee and was previously selected as a Next City Vanguard and a New Leaders Council Fellow.