Ben Franceschi is an architect and principal at MATHISON | MATHISON ARCHITECTS.
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Ben’s family provided a strong influence in the fields of painting, carpentry, psychiatry, and religion. This combination lead him to explore architecture and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to complete his education at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he graduated with distinction.
He began his career at Huntsman Architectural Group in San Francisco, then in Boston at Jonathan Levi Architects and Moshe Safdie Architects before working alongside Evan Mathison at Maryann Thompson Architects. His project experience has ranged within educational environments, libraries, workplaces, parks, and housing.
Ben’s strong communication skills help clients discern their core intentions for inhabiting space. He translates desires and functions into design, and he always urges the natural quality of the project site to guide the process. He also finds deep rewards in the collaborative design process.
Ben is excited to be a part of the evolution of West Michigan. He sees architecture as a uniquely positioned agent for its growth.
Outside of the practice of architecture, Ben can often be found with his wife and young children exploring the natural world. He has worked as a camp counselor for marginalized youth, and as a tutor and mentor. He currently serves as an adjunct professor for the architecture program at Ferris State University.