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Remembering Matthew J. Koenig

Matt came to BartonPartners almost 10 years ago, after spending over 25 years at Roller Architects, (now JKRP) where he rose to Managing Principal.

An “Architect’s Architect”, Matt’s work can be seen throughout the region, most recently at Dwell Philadelphia in the South Kensington neighborhood and at Cricket Flats in Ardmore, PA, which recently received a Montgomery Award for Design Excellence from the County.

When Matt wasn’t drawing, participating in events for the Carpenters Company, or spending time with his devoted wife Maria, he could be found on the golf course, taking in 18 holes with friends or teaching his children, Nikole and Jake, the finer points of the game. A longtime member of Springhaven Country Club, one of Matt’s final projects was the new pool house that graces the property. Indeed, the last time many of us saw Matt was on the golf course for the annual AIA outing which he organized so diligently for many years.

Matt’s work ethic was insurmountable, quickly providing solutions to some of the most complicated design problems… seemingly overnight. This continued through his illness, about which he never complained. Those of us who have worked with him these past several years can only reflect in awe as to his ability to persevere under what were very difficult circumstances.

An expert in not only residential design, Matt brought his commercial and retail design talents to BartonPartners, complimenting the firm’s already established reputation in residential architecture, bolstering our expertise in the more complicated mixed-use and infill developments that are now the hallmark of our practice.

Fiercely loyal to his friends and consultants (indistinguishable for Matt) in the building and construction industry, Matt joined Bruce Adelsberger, Bob Cogan, Seth Shapiro and Bill Warwick in completing the purchase of founding principal Tom Barton’s ownership interest in the firm in 2017.

A true rainmaker and designer, Matt will be sorely missed. We are all better people, and better professionals for knowing him and learning from him.

We would also like a link to the funeral home as this is his official obituary and provides links for donations.