Matthew Soules


Associate Professor

Contact details


201C – Lasserre





M.Arch, Harvard University
BA, University of British Columbia


Matthew Soules teaches design studios, history/theory seminars, and the Research Methods course. He is a licensed architect and the director of Matthew Soules Architecture.

Matthew’s research investigates the relationship between contemporary capitalism and the built environment. He focuses on three interrelated topics that collectively constitute a significant constellation within capitalism’s relationship to buildings and cities: the politics of social interaction, the socio-economics of nature and finance capitalism. He has received research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council. Matthew received the Architectural Institute of America and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s ‘Housing Design Education Award’ in 2012 and the ‘Faculty Design Award – Honourable Mention’ from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 2015. He has published chapters in books such as Industries of Architecture (Routledge, 2015) and Post-War Middle-Class Housing  (Peter Lang, 2015). He has published papers in professional and scholarly journals including Harvard Design Magazine, Praxis, the Journal of Architectural Education, Azure, Canadian Architect, Topos, and 306090.

Matthew Soules Architecture has received numerous awards including the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s Emerging Firm (2010) and Special Jury Awards in 2010 and 2015 respectively, an Architizer A+ Award in the Cultural Pavilions Category in 2015 and a selection by Twenty + Change in 2011. The firm’s work has been covered by a large range of popular and professional media including Canadian Architect, Azure, Metropolis, eVolo, Domus, the Globe and Mail and the National Post.

Select Publications

Soules, M. (Forthcoming). Binning House. San Francisco, CA: ORO Editions.

Soules, M. (2016). Financial Formations. In K.L. Thomas, N. Beech, & T. Amhoff (Eds.), Industries of Architecture (199–209). London: Routledge.

Soules, M. (2015). Deconstructing Livability. Perspectives from Central Vancouver. In G. Caramellino & F. Zanfi (Eds.), Post-War Middle-Class Housing: Models, Construction and Change (329–349). Bern: Peter Lang.

Soules M. (2010). The “Liveable” Suburbanized City: Post-politics and a Vancouver near you. Harvard Design Magazine, 32, 141–148.