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Matthew Bell is a registered architect who specializes in large-scale architecture, urban design and planning. In addition to teaching architecture and urban design in the architecture program at Maryland, Bell has been active in the profession with projects ranging in scale from a new town in Turkey which, when completed, will be home to over 100,000 people; to leading urban design efforts for numerous large sites in the Baltimore/Washington, DC region. Bell also was the first Community Architect at King Farm, a 440 acre new urban community in Rockville, Maryland, which was awarded a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2001. Bell has directed the school's Summer in Rome program since 1990 and also participated in the School's first-ever planning and architecture urban design program in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1996. He has served as president of the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore and Prince George's County, Maryland, assisting communities and community groups in matters of design and planning. From 1994 to 1999 Bell was the Director and conference chair of the Northeast Regional meeting of the Mayor's Institute for City Design, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been exhibited at the Triennale di Milano and his University of Maryland studio in urban design recently won the first Charter award from Congress for the New Urbanism for an urban infill project for Castellamare di Stabia, Italy.
Bell is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and also Principal in the Washington, DC office of Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects. He is also Vice President of the Restoring Ancient Stabia Foundation (www.stabiae.org), an international effort to restore the ancient seaside villas of Stabiae, located three kilometers from Pompei. Bell has received degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University.