Emily Scrimger-McNamara is an architect at MATHISON | MATHISON ARCHITECTS.
Emily approaches the world of design and architecture with thoughtfulness, efficiency, rigor and refinement. Her design process includes an intuitive and analytical approach, and with strong attention to detail she enjoys working at a multitude of scales.
Emily's creative capabilities and technical interests stem from her genetic code, ceaseless observations and perpetual curiosity. Growing up in a close-knit family, where artistic expression was always encouraged, her family members’ strengths in craftsmanship, carpentry, interiors, sewing and reuse has all led to inform and shape who she is today.
She enjoys each aspect of the architectural process from initial sketches, construction site visits, and all things in between. Her experience has centered on academic renovation projects that contain modern interventions and additions, historic preservation, residential components and shop / studio spaces. She is licensed in both Michigan and Pennsylvania, and holds AIA and LEED AP BD+C credentials.
Emily honed in her architectural process and design philosophy at the University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture, where she earned her Master of Architecture degree. During her time in Detroit she worked for various firms including the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Hamilton Anderson Associates, and SmithGroup. Upon graduating, she sought adventure with her husband (also an architect), landing in Philadelphia for four years where Emily immersed herself in the art, architecture and design culture within the vibrant city. While working as an architect for the firm KieranTimberlake, she was involved in the renovation of Harvard University’s Dunster House, and had the pleasure of helping orchestrate the renovation and addition of Wellesley's collegiate music and art school, which allowed her to merge her love for architecture and the arts.
She returned to West Michigan to shift her primary focus on family, reconnect with the growing art and design community, and has found her place within the West Michigan architectural community at Mathison | Mathison Architects (MMA). Emily was drawn to MMA for their modern design philosophy and the firm's core values, as well as the wide range of strong talent among their team. She admires and aligns with the firm's approach involving innovative, creative, attuned processes, with close attention to detail and high-quality design. She is thrilled to be a part of a team that executes sustainable, responsible, beautiful buildings and she hopes to produce memorable and meaningful work for the community.
She is excited to be back in Michigan, with its natural landscapes and its rich connection to modern design and craft. Her relocation has provided her with the time and resources to embrace her other entrepreneurial and creative outlets which involve her deep love for textiles, apparel and quilting. She is passionate about creating beauty and intrigue out of what has been left behind, by recycling, reusing, re-purposing and re-imagining a variety of materials. All her efforts in textiles, furniture, interiors and architecture focus on combining art and utility into thoughtfully crafted, truly unique creations for all to appreciate and enjoy.