Evan Mathison is a co-founding principal of MATHISON | MATHISON ARCHITECTS. Evan’s primary focus is concept design, project management, project development and office management. His work includes diverse public and private projects, ranging from complex renovation/additions projects to new construction and pre-fab design for residential, educational, civic, and institutional clients.
Prior to founding MMA, Evan was an Associate at Maryann Thompson Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts for eight years where he served as a project designer, project manager, and intern coordinator. His projects included Pier 2 and the Harborview Café at Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, New York, the Dewey Square Parks on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston, Massachusetts, the Corktown Common Pavilion at Don River Park in Toronto, Ontario, the new visitor center at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, the unique pre-fab partnership with Acorn Deck House Company to create the HingeHouse for Dwell Magazine, and a number of residential projects throughout New England. Working in a small office with a broad range of project types and scales required a commitment to team-building and project development to achieve engaging design solutions on behalf of every client. His projects have received a number of design awards. They have been published in a variety of books and magazines and have been part of exhibitions in New England and New York.
Evan earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was awarded a Raoul Wallenberg Travelling Fellowship in 2001. He moved to the East Coast in 2003 to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he earned his Master in Architecture Degree from the Graduate School of Design in 2006. Evan is passionate about education and mentorship and has enjoyed teaching opportunities while at Maryann Thompson Architects such as a design studio instructor for the Harvard University Career Discovery Program, guest lectures for Professional Practice courses in architecture at Harvard, and as design critic for numerous design studios at Harvard University, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Boston Architectural Center.
Evan’s design work is rooted in a desire to create ambiguity between inside and outside space, to heighten awareness of the site in an architectural response. While at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Evan’s design work focused on the relationship of landscape and architecture, from site planning to the development of human-scale details, with a pragmatic focus on craft. His experience at Maryann Thompson Architects expanded his approach to give priority to the subjective, heightening the direct human experience through architectural form. This was grounded in an inclusive design process based on open dialog and relationship-building, and was realized by employing landscape design strategies and architectural responses to create dynamic and continuous spatial sequences from interior to exterior. The mentorship of Maryann Thompson strengthened and reinforced Evan’s approach to design, and her collaborative office approach provided guidance and inspiration for him in the formation of MATHISON | MATHISON ARCHITECTS.