Matthew Niermann, Ph.D., AIA

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.

Matthew Niermann is the author of: The Humble Creative: Moral Vice and the Pursuit of Creative Flourishing.

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Ph.D., Architectural Design, University of Michigan
M.S., Architectural Design and Research, University of Michigan
M.Arch, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Architecture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Th.M., Missiology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
M.A., Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
M.A., Apologetics, BIOLA University