Gift Ideas for Architects

Still struggling to find that perfect gift for your favorite architect? Search no more! Start with this list sent out by “Life as an Architect” writer, Bob Borson found HERE. We agree with most items on this list but had five more fun ideas to add: 1. An architect’s version of the adult coloring book; coloring concrete. Get out ALL those shades of grey and color away! Found HERE. Order early as this item is being shipped from Brussels. 2. For any designer or color lover, these ornaments will surely delight! Found HERE. 3. Any art lover, history buff, designer […]

LIVE from the Airport: Display Installation

On November 21 we installed a model of the Airport Viewing Pavilion project near the baggage claim at the airport. The next time you visit the airport be sure to check it out! We went LIVE during the installation on our Facebook Page here: The model was originally created for West Michigan Design Week in early 2016. We secured the model and added information about the location, timeline and project supporters: Gerald R Ford International Airport Cascade Community Foundation Owen Aimes Kimball Comprehensive Engineering Studio Wise Learn more about the project here: And here:

LIVE from St. Cecilia’s Annual Gala

MMA is proud to be part of the team to renovate the historic St. Cecilia’s Music Center in downtown Grand Rapids. On November 3 they celebrated the renovation with their annual gala. We went LIVE from the gala on our Facebook page here: See remarks from Executive Director, Catherine Holbrook as well as comments from our own Tom Mathison. Learn more about the project here:

“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. […]

Katie Karczewski: Maintaining Architectural Integrity in East Grand Rapids

Mention the name Katie Karczewski to any recent home buyer in East Grand Rapids and we bet you’ll be met with a knowing smile. She has been a realtor for 30 years, specializing in residential properties in East Grand Rapids. She sat down with us for an MMA team talk recently and shared her professional history and perspectives on the growth in EGR, the trends, and the importance of architectural integrity. Katie never set out to specialize in one area, but as she stated in our talk, “Your sphere of influence becomes the community where your kids grow up, by […]

Talking about Sustainable Design with Eric Hughes of Image Design

Whether the project is commercial, residential or institutional, there is growing interest and passion about green, sustainable, energy-conscious design strategies.  For MMA, our clients are drawn to projects that are not only modern, but also connected to and responsible for the natural environment and healthy, livable communities.  Our focus on sustainability is shared by fellow-architect and MMA friend Eric Hughes of Image Design, who joined us for an open in-house discussion about the importance of sustainable design and practical applications for achieving energy-efficiency in every project. Sustainability has been a lifelong passion for Eric, particularly for residential design.  Inspired by […]

Mid-Century Modern is Renovated for Family Function

Just added to our “In-Progress” page, this single family home in Kalamazoo is truly a mid-century modern gem. The young family that purchased the home wanted to stay true to the form of the home but also make it functional for their needs. Check out the before and after photos and stay tuned for more! Thanks to New Urban Home Builders for being a great partner on this project!

Hudson Valley Residence Project Design

Our “In-Progress Work” page is being continuously updated with residential, commercial, civic and educational projects that we are currently working on. Most recently we added a Hudson Valley Residence project. Located in Craryville, NY, the design features a cantilevered addition over the original structure to take full advantage of the mountain views. Stay tuned for more information about this fun and interesting project!