Jeff is an architect with MATHISON | MATHISON ARCHITECTS.
Growing up in a family of construction professionals, Jeff’s curiosity led him to pursue a career in architecture. He completed his undergraduate work at Calvin College before enrolling in Architecture school at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. There he was exposed to different theories of design and means of construction. Jeff relocated to Switzerland to complete his degree and again encounter distinctive approaches to the built environment and its relationship to the landscape.
Originally intending to stay in Switzerland Jeff returned to West Michigan after family and friends were diagnosed with cancer. Jeff’s observations from his extensive travel around the US and Europe, and his own feelings towards cancer, drove him to seek out architectural solutions through sustainable design.
Jeff has 20 years of experience as an architect, consultant, and director of sustainability. One of the first LEED Accredited Professionals in Michigan, Jeff specializes in sustainable architecture and has worked on over 30 unique LEED certified projects in a wide variety of building types including the first LEED Certified school and first LEED Certified transportation center. Jeff has also worked on over 120 Certified projects under the LEED Retail Portfolio program which he helped pilot.
Jeff earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 2012. The unique combination of design awareness, sustainability acumen, and business knowledge allows Jeff to understand the values that are important to clients and prioritize accordingly.
Jeff was drawn to MMA for their intriguing intuitive approach to sustainability and a design sense that creates unique solutions for their clients while maintaining contextual integrity.
When not at work, he is busy remodeling his house in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife Deidre and two boys.