Associate Dean, CAVAD
Associate Professor of Architecture
Rev. Dr. Matthew Niermann’s work focuses on contextual compatibility of design solutions in relation to both formal and symbolic aesthetics. Rooting his work in empirical aesthetic investigations, Matthew explores the intersections of built form; aesthetic perception, interest and preference; and correlated perceptions of role and place. This theoretical and empirical aesthetic work is combined with Matthew’s previous advanced graduate work in the areas of Christian Theology, Missiology, and Philosophic Apologetics, to inform his current research into the contextual compatibility of Protestant church building aesthetics in the United States of America.
In addition to his academic work, Matthew is deeply engaged with global mission strategy through publications, board of director positions, and via his role as the Director of Strategic Operations for The Lausanne Movement.