The American Institute of Architects – Michigan awards Mathison | Mathison Architects (MMA), from Grand Rapids, received the recognition.
MMA received the “Small Budget Award” from the Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award, according to AIA, is given “in recognition of design excellence within the constraints of a small budget (under $2 million), scale, and size”. The design award jury commented: “This simple and expressive pavilion provides a serene viewing platform beneath a soaring dynamic form.”
This community-focused project was funded by both the Cascade Community Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and it included the addition of a shelter with restrooms and a gathering plaza, a…
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.
"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."
"Not only was she recently named the Michigan Young Architect of the Year by the (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."
Congrats again Megan and all award winners!
See a full list of awards and recipients in this Grand Rapids Business Journal article.
AIA Michigan describes this award: "To recognize proficiency and exceptional accomplishments in, and contributions to the profession by an architect who has been a member of AIAMI for a minimum of three years and is 40 years old or younger."
This state-wide honor is in recognition of Megan's contributions and commitment to AIA Michigan through her service on the Board of Directors for AIA Grand Rapids, her leadership on programs such as West Michigan Design Week, her participation on the Board of Formation for the new Master of …