January 21, 2022

Matthew Tomaszewski Joins Blue Cottage of CannonDesign as Education Strategist

We are pleased to welcome Matthew Tomaszewski as an Education Strategist within Blue Cottage of CannonDesign.

Matthew is a proven strategist and facilitator within higher education, with more than 25 years dedicated to public higher education systems. His expertise lies in strategic planning, capital planning and implementation, operations, asset and change management as well as sustainable and inclusive design initiatives. 

Through this role, Matthew will partner with our consulting and design teams to pursue and deliver educational projects from technical/vocational schools to community colleges to public and private universities. 

“Much has changed and evolved within educational institutions over the past few years, and Matthew brings firsthand experience of guiding institutions through changes in technology, culture and space needs,” said Chris Lambert, Senior Vice President and Strategy Consulting Lead at Blue Cottage of CannonDesign. “He will be a valuable asset as Blue Cottage works with colleges and universities across the county navigate the ever-changing landscape of education in the 21st century.” 

Matthew spent the last 19 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, most recently serving as Executive Associate Provost for Capital Planning. While there he led the strategy and delivery of the university’s capital budget, led strategic sustainability efforts, steered pandemic response and oversaw multiple renovation and new construction projects on campus. He has an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Education, Leadership and Administration from University of Illinois at Chicago. 

“I am excited to take my years of experience in higher education and translate it into helping institutions across the country find the best methods and strategies to educate students, nurture a diverse faculty and create a robust and fruitful culture of learning, research and growth both in and out of the classroom,” said Matthew. 

Matthew’s addition to the team will be instrumental in our ability to not only support the evolving needs of learning institutions, but also anticipate trends.  

“The higher education ecology is a complex and interwoven set of conditions, which he has successfully managed during his career,” said Charles Smith, principal and co-lead of CannonDesign’s education practice. “As we continue to partner with clients in bold new relationships, Matthew’s understanding of institutional decision making will help deepen the value we contribute. Adding Matthew’s talents to our Blue Cottage and design teams is a stellar moment for CannonDesign and our clients.” 

Blue Cottage of CannonDesign is the consulting arm of the global design leader CannonDesign.