Ben Franceschi is an architect 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 projects have ranged from medical facilities to multi-unit housing to libraries.
Ben’s strong communication skills help clients discern their core intentions for inhabiting space. He translates desires and functions into design, and he always lets the natural quality of the project site guide the process.
He saw moving to West Michigan to work with Mathison I Mathison Architects as an amazing opportunity. He shares not only their design values but their family values. He has enjoyed stumbling upon the many modern gems around West Michigan, and is inspired by the Midwest’s tradition of modernism. Ben is excited to see people valuing and demanding strong design in their homes here.
Ben is excited to be a part of the evolution of West Michigan. He sees architecture as a uniquely positioned agent for its growth.
While most of Ben's recent time has been devoted to his growing, young family, he loves community. He has worked as a camp counselor for marginalized youth, and as a tutor and mentor. He currently serves as a guest critic for the architecture program at Ferris State University.