Mathew Pryor is Head of the Division of Landscape Architecture and an Associate Professor (Teaching) within HKU’s Faculty of Architecture . He teaches Design Studio as well as technical courses in professional practice, planting and ecology and sustainable development practices. Mathew is a Fellow and Past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, and Chair of their Publications Committee. He is also a Registered Landscape Architect in Hong Kong, and a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in the UK. He is also a Certified Arborist.
Before joining academia, Mathew worked for more than 20 years in private practice and has extensive experience in strategic planning, master planning, design, documentation and contract administration on a wide range landscape projects throughout China and South East Asia. He has specialist experience in the development of mega-projects including theme parks, major urban parks and civic open spaces, streetscape improvements, tourist enhancement schemes, and waterfront promenades. He has also undertaken numerous environmental remediation projects including creation and enhancement of wetlands, and the ecological restoration of degraded landscapes. He is best known for his work on the HK Wetland Park, HK Disneyland development, and on the landscape treatment of slopes.
His current research studies include a long-running investigation on the science and practice of tree transplanting in Hong Kong, as well as on street trees, environmental remediation, productive green roofs, public open space and walkability in the city.