Category Archives: Published

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.

Michigan Architect Creates Sustainable, Modern House


Thanks to the Washington Times for picking up the Deer Haven Residence story: CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Architect Evan Mathison embraces the fact he spent more than $12,000 on a sliding glass door that will look out over the deck and backyard of his family’s new home. “Eighty percent of the energy efficiency of a house is determined in the first 20 percent of design,” says Mathison, who plans to achieve LEED Platinum certification for the house set on a wooded lot near the Thornapple River. Read the full article HERE.

Father welcomes son back to West Michigan to create new architectural firm


Thanks to Jim Harger at MLive for another great article about the growth of our firm. GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Two years ago, Tom Mathison was at the peak of a successful career with the West Michigan architectural firm TowerPinkster when his son approached him with an offer he could not refuse. Evan Mathison, who had become a successful residential architect in the Boston area after earning his master’s degree at Harvard University, told his father he wanted to come home. Would Tom Mathison join him in starting a new firm that focused on modern design and sustainability? “In our […]