Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Managing Director

With 20 years’ experience as part of the leadership team of POWE Architects, Matthew’s deep understanding of the Building Solutions that Work for You commitment across all of our market sectors is a key part of our unique success in the marketplace.

Matthew and his team approach each project solution from inception through to completion with fundamental focuses on client feasibility, operator useability and community acceptability, and contractor buildability.

Matthew’s clients come from a range of industry sectors including retail, mixed-use, commercial, multi-residential and senior living on scales from $1-100M.
Some of the best outcomes Matthew has achieved for clients were on the following projects:
– Leading the design team on Pellicano Living’s Bowen Hills Apartments to develop a very high level of certainty and bring the project back into feasibility with tight constraints.
– Collaborating with Mainbrace and their services sub-contractors on Coles Rochedale to fully resolve a complex services system before it was built
– Delivering the Town Square Redbank Plains shopping centre with FKG bringing traditional documented services into a resolved BIM environment. The project went on to win the Property Council of Australia’s Queensland Retail Property of the Year Award for Excellence in Design, Sub Regional Centres

If you’d like to discuss how BIM could help you save time and money or your next project, or design ideas for your next project, get in touch with me at matthew@powearchitects.com

When Matthew is not at work, you can usually catch him spending time with his family, teaching both kids and adults to sail at Humpybong Yacht Club, volunteering as a State Level Race Officer and Judge at sailing regattas, or following ETNZ in The America’s Cup because no Australians can afford to pay our sailors to stay here!

  • Registered Architect: Qld #3564 since 2003
  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honours QUT – 2001
  • Bachelor of Built Environment (Architecture) (Distinction) QUT – 2001
  • ArchIntensive 2020 speaker on BIM Specification systems
  • BiLT ANZ Conference 2019 speaker on BIM Data Classification Systems
  • BiLT ANZ Conference 2018 speaker on Classification of BIM Data
  • BiLT ANZ Conference 2017 speaker on Managing Massive Models
  • ArchiCON / RTC ANZ Conference 2016 speaker on Collaboration with Quantity Surveyors in BIM
  • RTC ANZ Conference 2015 speaker on BIM Collaboration Strategies
  • ArchiCON Conference 2015 speaker on Federated BIM Model Management
  • A+ Practice Member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Member of the Graphisoft Development Consultant program
Professional experience

As a BIM practitioner for more than 15 years, Matthew has been continually researching and applying BIM technology, methods and processes to achieve a more cooperative, coordinated approach for clients, removing stress from the design process and resulting in more cost-effective solutions as a direct result of limiting the need for re-work. This work has helped position POWE Architects as a leader in the market when it comes to the application of BIM techniques. In recent years Matthew have presented on advances in BIM at several conferences and forums including: - BIM Data Classification Systems at BiLT ANZ 2019 - Managing Massive Models at BiLT ANZ 2017 - Collaboration with Quantity Surveyors in BIM at ArchiCON 2016 - BIM Collaboration Strategies at RTC ANZ 2015 - Federated BIM Model Management at ArchiCON 2015 In addition to BIM management techniques, my specialities include: - Traditional and D&C delivery procurement strategies - Archicad GDL scripting and property expression mapping - IFC optimisation and multi-platform data exchange (Archicad, Revit and CostX) Matthew also leads project delivery teams within the Practice to deliver retail, commercial and residential projects on scales from $1-100M. Notable projects include Town Square Redbank Plains, various Coles anchored shopping centres, North Shore Stockland in Townsville, Milton Edge residential tower for Australand, and the refurbishment of the boutique retail precinct at Eagle Street Pier for Stockland. Matthew led the documentation teams on the multi-storey commercial headquarters for both Ausenco and Dialog House in South Brisbane and a 1,400-vehicle parking station for the PA Hospital. Matthew was also responsible for the reinstatement of the BoysTown office headquarters in Milton after the January 2011 Brisbane floods.

Major projects