Category Archives: Published

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, […]

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 […]

Megan Feenstra Wall featured in West Michigan Woman Magazine


Thanks to West Michigan Woman magazine and Amanda Rogalski for the article featuring Megan Feenstra Wall and her award from AIA Michigan as Young Architect of the Year.

“Megan Feenstra Wall, recently honored with the Young Architect Award 2016 by the American Institute of Architects – Michigan, rarely considered until recently what it meant to be a woman in architecture. While 50 percent of graduating architectural students are women, they only constitute 17 percent of licensed architects.”

Read the full article HERE.

RapidChat: Megan Feenstra Wall


Thanks to Rapid Growth Media and Jenna Morton for featuring Megan Feenstra Wall and her Michigan Young Architect Award during a “RapidChat” interview.

“Not only was she recently named the Michigan Young Architect of the Year by the American Institute for Architecture (AIA), Megan Feenstra Wall is also a very passionate community member. With her involvement in the Children’s Healing Center, Design Week West Michigan, and KCAD’s Master of Architecture program, she advises novices to “keep taking risks, especially in this time of your life when failure is less likely to affect anyone but yourself.”

Read the full article HERE.

St. Cecilia Music Center Renovation!


Thanks to Rapid Growth Media for featuring our renovation project with St. Cecilia’s Music Center. St. Cecilia’s is personally near and dear to our hears and we are honored to work on the historic building’s renovation. “We just keep getting stronger, making a profound mark on music appreciation within our great community and offering world-class music in our first-class facility,” says SCMC executive director Cathy Holbrook.” Read the full article HERE. See striking photos of St. Cecilia’s after all the seats had been removed. The hardwood floors are being refinished and new seats from Irwin Seating will be installed. Our […]

Newberry Expansion News


Thanks to Jim Harger and MLive for sharing a bit about the Newberry Place expansion we’re working on. “Newberry Place, a 9-year-old co-housing community in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood, is expanding. The 20-unit community won permission from the city Planning Commission on Thursday, March 24, to build a three-unit townhouse on a vacant lot located east of the development, which was completed in 2008. The lot at 123 Newberry Street NE became vacant after the community purchased a dilapidated house on the property and had it demolished by the Kent County Land Bank. Marty Morgan, president of the Newberry Place […]

Thinking about Design Thinking.


Thanks to the Construction Association of Michigan and the AIA Grand Rapids  for the opportunity to share our thoughts on design thinking in this months magazine. Tom Mathison writes: Design not only matters – it is essential in raising the quality of our lives and creating a sense of place. Design is necessary for forming livable communities, in inspiring settings for learning, in encouraging health, in making smart and sustainable choices, and in being stewards of our historic resources. For me, it is the aspirational aspects of architecture and design that is so powerful. Read the full article HERE.