Matthew Marson

"The degree is a demonstrable  combination of skills that means I am to sketch and think like a designer, whilst getting down into the nitty-gritty of the numbersing so"

CompanyAccentureLocationLondonCourseMEng Structural Engineering & ArchitecturePositionConnected Spaces Consultant

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 400,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

What are your main roles and responsibilities?

I advise Accenture’s clients (Fortune 500 businesses) on how they can use technology within the real estate portfolio to deliver outcomes related to energy efficiency and sustainability, wellness of their employees through architectural, operational and business policy changes, productivity, collobration, space utilisation and innovation all through alterations to the built environment.

I recently finished leading a project and team to design and deliver the world leading connected bulding in Dublin. We are now demonstrating the art of the possible to our clients.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the variety of subjects that buildings lead to. One day, I could be talking about workplace design strategies, the next creating a statistically verified energy baseline, or doing some financial forecasting of value delivered from the implementation of a beaconing system. The range of challenges that clients present always keep me on my toes.

How did you get from your architecture degree to where you are now?

My MEng in Structural Engineering and Architecture is the reason I am able to lead the projects that I do. The degree is a demonstrable combination of skills that means I am to sketch and think like a designer, whilst getting down into the nitty-gritty of the numbers – and that is what make clients feel like they are in safe hands when pushing the boundaries of what is possible in buildings, through technology.

How has your architecture degree shaped your career, and what knowledge, skills or values developed at SSoA have you found relevant in your progression?

SSoA teaches you be very client focused and human-centric. Too often people present technology for technology’s sake – as soon as someone can relate to the everyday human pain-point that it solves – they get it. The reviews and tutors 1:1 sessions exactly matches real-life client presentations. The synethis of design and technology make you a powerful asset in the business world.

What top tips would you offer architecture students who are considering alternative careers to architecture?

The business world needs architects. They can solve unstructured problems through design thinking, they are practical, they understand how people interact with places and processes.

Where do you see yourself in future?

I aim to continue to lead in the new and shape ‘archi-tech’ that helps businesses transform their real estate into Connected Spaces and deliver outcomes that benefit their employees, their sustainability targets and the business targets. For me, technology integrated into buildings is the paradigm shift for the architecture of the future.