Matthew Wattles

Matthew Wattles

Associate Planner

Matthew supports UBRI with various skills related to Geographic Information Systems, quantitative analysis, data collection, cartography, graphic communications and 3D visualization. Starting as a graduate assistant in 2013 and moving to full-time staff in 2014, Matthew gained experience at UBRI while working on the One Region Forward Regional Plan for Sustainability and the Regional Economic Development Council’s 2013 and 2014 Strategy for Prosperity reports. Now as an Associate Planner, Matthew applies extensive local knowledge to his work aimed at analyzing environmental and economic sustainability by constructing meaningful performance indicators to measure trends.

Matthew has developed a range of interests in the planning discipline through his undergraduate and graduate education. Most notably, he has done work creating a hazard mitigation and emergency planning framework for vulnerable urban populations; engaged with municipalities to create an energy plan for a county experiencing rapid growth in the alternative energy industry and used spatial analysis to relate real estate trends with the built environment. He also has refined knowledge in statistical research with public data related to demographics, economics, the environment, labor and education which he contributes to a variety of UBRI projects. Matthew has spent time studying comparative European planning and sustainable development in Estonia and also participated in a planning and design competition in Russia, where his team took first place. His work with urban design, placemaking and public policy in Russia was recognized with an award at the UB celebration of academic excellence.

Matthew holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design with a minor in Architecture and a Master’s of Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo where he received a Graduate Certificate of Specialization in GIS and Spatial Analysis. He is also a certified routesetter with the USA Climbing association.