Matt started his career with Cameron McCarthy in 1996, earned his Oregon landscape architecture license in 2003, and became a partner of the firm in 2010. As a principal, he provides project management, design leadership, and quality control. Areas of emphasis include higher education, sports facilities, urban design, and transportation projects.
Education & Professional Expertise
Matt possesses Associates degrees of Applied Science in Mechanical and Architectural Drafting from Lane Community College (LCC). He is a licensed landscape architect in Oregon and Washington, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional. He served three years as the chair of the Willamette Valley section of ASLA.
Koehler has accumulated a sizeable and diverse portfolio of works during his career. His design experience includes urban plazas and streetscapes, park master plans, higher education facilities, athletic fields and traditional site improvements. Prominent higher education projects include the Living Learning Center, Student Rec Center Expansion and Straub Hall Renovation at the University of Oregon, International Student Housing (INTO) on the Oregon State campus, and LCC’s Downtown Center. He has carefully adressed the diverse transit needs within the Willamette Valley on numerous transportation related projects including Lane Transit District’s Springfield Station and EmX projects and the new Keizer Transit Center. He is dedicated to sustainable design and re-use throughout his endeavors. His desire to blend modern design with natural elements guided the recent design of new exterior furniture for UO’s Autzen Stadium improvements (Zen North). Other notable public projects include Eugene Train Depot, several site improvements at the Lane County Fairgrounds, and multiple campus renovations and athletics improvements for K-12 schools. In 2011, the AIA SW Oregon chapter awarded his project – North Bend Boardwalk – with 1st Place Landscape Architecture in the People’s Choice Awards program.
He has a thorough knowledge of construction practices and has provided construction administration services for several projects throughout Oregon. Koehler is considered a leader in the irrigation design field in the Pacific Northwest and has provided his expertise to clients like the University of Oregon and some of the leading irrigation manufacturers.
As an avid skateboarder in his youth, he has taken an instrumental role in the development of skating opportunities within the community. He is the President of Skaters for Eugene Skate Parks and played a leadership role in the development of the largest covered skate park in North America, located in Eugene under the Washington Street Bridge.
Koehler is a frequent visitor of the Oregon Coast due to several design commissions, visiting family who reside at and near the coast, and his pursuits in surfing. He is a member of the Oregon Surfrider Foundation. When not at the beach, he can often be found snowboarding at the various Oregon mountain resorts, enjoying runs through Track Town USA, and spending time with his two sons.
“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful” –John Maeda