St. Cecilia’s Renovation Photos

Check out the beautiful finished photography of the renovation at St. Cecilia’s Music Center. We were honored to be part of this project. We have always loved St. Cecilia’s, their mission and programs. It was a pleasure working with their team on this renovation of their historic space. Learn more about St. Cecilia’s and their upcoming programs HERE. See all finished photography and read more about the renovation HERE.

MMA Loves West Michigan Design Week

MMA is excited to be participating in West Michigan Design Week again this year. Last year MMA had a model of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Park & Pavilion project in a gallery at the UICA. This year we are excited to follow up that model preview last year with a tour of the airport viewing park & pavilion which is currently under construction. The tour will be held on March 29 at Noon. Registration is FREE. Join our team along with the builder, Owen-Ames-Kimball and representatives from the Cascade Community Foundation. We will also have a new […]

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 […]

Airport Viewing Park: The Steel is Set!

  The steel for the pavilion is set at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport viewing park and pavilion! Standing underneath the structure, you really start to get a sense of the enclosure and the framed view of the runways and landscape. The experience of standing inside the nonlinear ‘forest of columns’ is exciting and provides the sense of wonder and meandering that we were after. The sense of contact with the architecture is also enriched by the ultra-smooth finish we specified for the metal columns. Carpenters are now fast at work blocking out on the steel and concrete block, […]

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. […]