Architect Matthew Fickett on Designing, Scaling Up, Safety and Integration of Labs for Academic and Commercial Sector


BOSTON– Matthew Fickett, AIA, CPHC, LEED, director of Science + Technology group at SGA, has been designing labs since 2006; and a lot has changed in the world laboratories design at both academic and research facilities as well in corporate sphere since then.

In an exclusive video interview with Boston Real Estate Times, Mr. Fickett talks about scaling up, safety, pre-built labs and integration of lab, office and manufacturing facilities, among other trends.

To view the full interview, please click here, or on the image below.

Mr. Fickett is director of Science + Technology group at SGA, a Boston and New York City-based national award-winning architecture, interior design, planning, branded environments and virtual design and construction firm.

Mr Fickett, who has worked in laboratory design since 2006, recently joined SGA from his position at EYP as the Senior Lab Planner and Senior Associate. Before that, he was a Project Architect and Associate at Perkins+Will, an architect at Payette and Wilson Architects. He has designed laboratories for high-profile institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, University of New Mexico, Fermilab, Columbia University, MIT Lincoln Lab and Skolkovo University.

Always on the lookout for opportunities to create unique, specialty labs for novel research, Mr. Fickett’s work includes cleanrooms for medical tissue processing, semiconductor and biological research, and fabrication for everything from medical devices to particle physics detector arrays. He has designed facilities for a wide variety of complex and sensitive instruments, from cryogenic electron microscopes to NMRs, human MRIs and interventional radiology suites, and both cryogenic and optical approaches to quantum computing. The same technical, principled approach to design underlies the technical details, sustainable goals, and ultimate scientific function of every project he leads.

Mr. Fickett graduated magna cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a five-year Bachelor’s of Architecture.