Category Archives: News

Houzz Tour: A Fresh Look for a Modern Gem in Michigan


MMA was recently featured on Houzz for their midcentury modern renovation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. See before and after project photos and more information HERE. ## Houzz Tour: A Fresh Look for a Modern Gem in Michigan A new black exterior, a streamlined kitchen and white oak floors bring this 1970s home up to speed When a young professional couple returned to their hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, to be closer to their parents as they started their own family, they found a 1971 architect-designed home for sale by the original owner. While the home had been well-cared-for, the gray, cedar-clad exterior […]

MLive Article: This super-efficient house cost less than $200 to operate all summer long


Thanks to MLive and Jim Harger for writing and sharing this story about one of our residential projects: Deer Haven Residence. See images and project information HERE. CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI – Architect Evan Mathison can go on for hours about all of the features he has packed into the sustainable house he designed for his family. Some are esoteric details that only architects will comprehend. Here’s one that everyone who pays the bills can understand: Mathison’s utility bills totaled only $193 in the four months between May and September this year. That includes air conditioning, cooking, laundry and hot water […]

Michigan Architectural Foundation: Build Imagination


This article was sent in the June 2017 Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF) newsletter. We share it here to celebrate MAF and their Build Imagination book collection for children. “You could say the roots of the Michigan Architectural Foundation go back as far as the fur trade. The Michigan Society of Architects formed the MAF in 1957 to save the Biddle House, a Mackinac Island fur trader’s home dating back to the 18th century. “The organization saw an important artifact that was in dire need of repair,” explains MAF Vice President Tom Mathison. Saving the house became the catalyst, he notes, […]

The Airport Viewing Park & Pavilion is Now Open!


We celebrated a beautiful day at the grand opening of the new Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Park and Pavilion. With our friends at the airport, the Cascade Community Foundation and Owen-Ames-Kimball we re-opened the viewing park to the public introducing additional parking, the new pavilion for shade, new restroom facilities, new picnic tables and benches and new trash receptacles (which are large enough to slide a pizza box in after lunch!). We were honored to to provide the design of the pavilion which was inspired by flight with the roof lines reflecting airplane wings and following the lines […]

GRBJ Highlights Architectural Mentor Program


Thanks to Pat Evans and the Grand Rapids Business Journal for featuring our own Tom Mathison and the architectural mentor program he started back in 1999. For 15 years Tom worked to connect students from the accredited architectural universities in Michigan to mentors around the country. Some years he had up to 250 student participants. The program continues today through the AIA Michigan and with its latest program participant the Master of Architecture program at Kendall College. Read the full article HERE.

MLive: This super-efficient home blends mid-century modern architecture


Thanks to MLive and Jim Harger for another great article! EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Architect Evan Mathison and builder Matt Reinsma have combined the best of mid-century modern design and the latest in energy efficiency in the home they created for Todd and Kelli Mulderink. The decor may hearken back to the 1950s, but the methods and materials used to build the five-bedroom house are among latest advancements in sustainable design. Triple-paned windows and doors were imported from Europe and feature sophisticated locks and jambs designed to keep out the cold, heat and moisture. The floors are heated with […]

“Build Imagination” Book Collection on Architecture Presented at Munson Hospital Cowell Cancer Center


Patients at Munson Hospital Cowell Cancer Center now have the opportunity to enjoy a new collection of books during their stay, thanks to a donation from the Rae Dumke Fund of the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF). With help from the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, Rae Dumke, Hon. AIA, will be presenting the Build Imagination collection, a set of 100 books on topics that help foster children’s imaginations and raise awareness about architecture, to five children’s hospitals and cancer centers around the state. Covering everything from architecture, art and color to LEGO, graphic design, shapes, and famous landmarks, the Build […]

Airport Viewing Park Ground Breaking


Grand Rapids, Mich. – It’s a favorite spot for aviation enthusiasts, families, and photographers, and now the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) Viewing Park is getting a makeover. GFIA, in partnership with the Cascade Community Foundation (CCF), broke ground today on the Airport Viewing  Park Project, a $1.12 million renovation that will add a pavilion, permanent restrooms, new seating areas, expanded parking spaces, and more. Mathison | Mathison Architects created the design of the new pavilion and park. They’re working with Studio Wise on the furniture, Owen Ames Kimball as the general contractor and Comprehensive Engineering on the structure. […]