Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Architecture: Design Studies University of Michigan 2016
M.A. Christian Apologetics BIOLA University 2010
M.Arch. Architecture University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008
M.A. Theology Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 2011
Th.M. Missiology Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 2012
M.S. Architecture Design and Research University of Michigan 2015
B.S. Architectural Studies University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2004

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.

More information about Matthew Niermann can be viewed here:

Architecture Design Studios
Worldview & Philosophy of Architecture
Creativity: Process & Purpose
Design Ethics & Virtue

Proverbs 19:2
Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily sins. (Holman Standard Version)