Matt Van der Velde, a photographer based in Ottawa, Canada specializes in architecture, fine-art, and event photography. Educated at Brock University in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, Van der Velde is best known for his work touring internationally with Playboy's 50th Anniversary Playmate and DJ, Colleen Shannon. His interest in the history and evolution of mental health treatment arose from his experience as an infantry soldier in the Canadian Forces and his personal struggles with depression and PTSD. He has always had a curiosity for documenting places hidden from society, and understands the historic and architectural value in America's abandoned State Hospital and Psychiatric facilities. Partner that with an insatiable interest in history and you have the motivation and inspiration behind Abandoned Asylums.

Matt Van der Velde, a photographer based in Ottawa, Canada specializes in architecture, fine-art, and event photography. Educated at Brock University in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, Van der Velde is best known for his work touring internationally with Playboy's 50th Anniversary Playmate and DJ, Colleen Shannon. His interest in the history and evolution of mental health treatment arose from his experience as an infantry soldier in the Canadian Forces and his personal struggles with depression and PTSD. He has always had a curiosity for documenting places hidden from society, and understands the historic and architectural value in America's abandoned State Hospital and Psychiatric facilities. Partner that with an insatiable interest in history and you have the motivation and inspiration behind Abandoned Asylums.

Carla Yanni is the author of The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States, originally published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2007 and now in its third printing; it was selected as a 2007 “Book of Critical Interest” by the journal Critical Inquiry.  She is presently writing a book on the architecture and social history of college dormitories.  Carla Yanni is a professor of architectural history at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She holds a doctorate in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Carla Yanni is the author of The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States, originally published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2007 and now in its third printing; it was selected as a 2007 “Book of Critical Interest” by the journal Critical Inquiry.  She is presently writing a book on the architecture and social history of college dormitories.  Carla Yanni is a professor of architectural history at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She holds a doctorate in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.