Dr Matthias Irger
National Head of Sustainability
Dr Matthias Irger is an experienced architect, urban designer and academic specialising in regenerative design, holistic city planning and climate adaptation.
A lateral and strategic thinker, Matthias champions an evidence-based, collaborative, and interdisciplinary design approach. He is driven by a passion to reconcile the objectives of liveability and a zero-carbon future, and its practical application in architecture, urban design, and strategic planning.
Matthias has a strong theoretical background in sustainability and urban science, thorough technical knowledge, and a track record in the delivery of award-winning projects recognised for their design excellence, innovation and transformative place making. He has an ability to inspire and build highly capable teams.
As COX’s National Head of Sustainability, Matthias oversees the practice’s sustainable design and planning agenda. Matthias creates national strategies, objectives and actions that reduce and mitigate the embodied and operational carbon emissions across our services – ensuring best-practice design.
He is actively engaged in bridging science and design practice through his role as Senior Research Fellow and Industry Adviser at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Matthias graduated in Architecture at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences in Germany and holds a PhD in Sustainable Urbanism from UNSW , for which he was awarded the CSIRO Climate Adaption Research Flagship Award.