Category Archives: News

Airport Park & Pavilion Featured in “Airport World”


Thanks to “Airport World” for featuring our Gerald R Ford International Airport park & pavilion project! ## Gerald R Ford International Airport’s renovated ‘viewing park’ where people can come and watch aircraft landing and taking off has quickly become one of the most popular attractions in the county. Indeed, the Mathison I Mathison Architects (MMA) designed park is already a magnet for aviation enthusiats, families and photographers either living in or visiting the Michigan city of Grand Rapids. Prior to the renovation, there was only a parking lot, picnic tables and a grassy strip. ## Read the full article HERE. […]

AIA of Michigan Awards Airport Park & Pavilion


Local Airport Viewing Park Receives Statewide Architecture Design Award The American Institute of Architects – Michigan awards Mathison | Mathison Architects for their design of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Park and Pavilion. Grand Rapids, MI – June 20, 2018 The viewing park and pavilion at Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the latest recipient of a statewide architecture design award. The architect of the park and pavilion, Mathison | Mathison Architects (MMA), from Grand Rapids, received the recognition. MMA received the “Small Budget Award” from the Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award, according to AIA, is […]

Boston Common Magazine Features Berkshire Residence


Thanks to Boston Common Magazine and writer, Marni Katz for featuring our Berkshire Residence in their May 2018 print edition. Here is an excerpt of the article, see more about the Berkshire Residence, including a spectacular video, on our project page. The full article may be found in the Boston Common May 2018 digital edition. ## Cabin Fever How to design a dreamy Berkshires getaway with luxury decor, sweeping views and, above all, coziness. For five years, a particularly nature-loving Boston family escaped to a one-room cabin in the Housatonic River Valley in Great Barrington. That’s right, one room. Designed […]

Tom Mathison Named Michigan Architectural Foundation President


After a combined eight years of serving as a board member for the Michigan Architectural Foundation, starting January 2, 2018, Tom Mathison has become the foundation’s president for a term that will last two years. The Michigan Architectural Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and educating people about architecture and its relevance to daily life. It offers scholarships to architecture students and grants for community projects, as well as education programs to teach children K-12 about architecture. Funding for these efforts comes primarily from donors in the community. To that end, Tom Mathison is planning MAF’s first donor […]

Dwell Names Deer Haven Residence “Best Modern Home”


Dwell editors chose MMA’s Deer Haven Residence as a “Best Modern Home”. Deer Haven Residence is located in Grand Rapids, MI and was build for a busy, growing family of five. It is a 3,000sf home conceived as a narrow bars of space that follow and step down with the subtle contours of the site and unfold to the South to take advantage of the daily path of the sun and natural site air movements. Nestled into its wooded 1-acre setting, the building carefully occupies the space between the ground and the tree canopy with an unfolding spatial sequence that […]

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 […]

Houzz Feature: Berkshire Residence Pool


MMA was recently featured on Houzz for the pool in a new construction home in the Berkshire Mountains. See project photos and more information HERE. ## 100 Sparkling Pools With Postcard Views Take in these photos of pristine pools around the world set in gorgeous landscapes What’s better than a sparkling pool with a postcard view? How about 100 sparkling pools with postcard views? Take a tour around the world with some of the most stunning poolside settings on Houzz. Click the first image to enlarge the photo, then use the right arrow to see the photos in slide-show format. Once you […]

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, […]