Distinto provides consultancy services tailored to help our clients realise their project. We have a distinct specialism designing within the sphere of the built environment, collaborating with architects, engineers and private individuals to shape eclectic narratives.

Our team specialises in concept design, material development and aesthetics.


Development of material solutions, brief, programme and aesthetic . Consultation on process, technical requirements and contracting.

Intelligence and identification of material through qualitative research, application, analysis, intervention and evaluation.

Holistic advice on quality, timeline and deliverables.




"We can't ignore the importance of letting our wildest dreams become tangible attributes of the urban."


Matthew Nicholl is a Northern Irish freelance architectural designer (RIBA Part II) and material alchemist who forges new concepts for the built environment through exploration, analysis and intervention.

Born in Belfast, Matthew journeyed to the North East of England in 2011 to study a Bachelors in Architecture at Newcastle University, winning his first major competition RIBA ‘Forgotten Spaces’ later that year. He joined studio ‘Show/Tell’, completing a design for a mineral museum as well as other spatial explorations. Matthew worked, alongside his dissertation with AFARAI in Amsterdam to design a map for alternative locations in the Red Light District, collaborating closely with architects, programmers, musicians, designers and the local municipality to further integrate physical markers in the UNESCO protected setting.

Following graduation Matthew re-located to the Netherlands to take up post at Mecanoo Architecten in Delft in acquisitions working on a range of text based narratives and initial concept design proposals in response to various procurement opportunities world-wide, securing considerable and noteworthy commissions.

After a six year hiatus, Matthew returned to Northern Ireland. He worked as an intern at Todd Architects prior to his continuation of study at Queen’s University Belfast. There he joined the material-based studio ‘WithoutPrecedent’ to create 1:1 scale construction/architectural products. He completed a dissertation on The Phenomenon of Street Morphology and Materialisation and thesis research entitled The Vector, The Polygon, The Thing. This project involved casting traces and fragments into elemental architectural components for metabolic construction with studio ‘in TIME’.


Collaborators: William Mackey, Gustavo Mansur, Walter Woodington