Tom Mathison, FAIA, is a co-founding principal of MATHISON | MATHISON ARCHITECTS and has been practicing architecture for over 40 years. Tom’s primary focus is early phase planning, programming, master planning, concept design, project management and firm management. His expertise ranges from complex renovation projects to challenging new construction for educational, housing, civic, commercial and institutional clients. His projects have received a number of design awards and recognitions. For his contributions to the profession, Tom was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2005.
Prior to founding MMA, Tom was a Senior Principal and Chairman of the Board of Directors at his previous firm. During his career, he has served as Project Manager or Principal-In-Charge for projects such as the Kent County Courthouse in downtown Grand Rapids, the major renovation of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, and the renovation of the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building (Old Federal Building) for Ferris State University / Kendall College of Art and Design in downtown Grand Rapids, the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy for Grand Rapids Public Schools and several buildings for Grand Rapids Community College: The Applied Technology Center, Spectrum Theater and the Lyon Street Parking Structure.
As a leader in higher education planning and design, he employed his skills in programming, concept design, and consensus-building for education projects throughout Michigan prior to the founding of MMA, including numerous master plans (Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Kirtland Community College, Muskegon Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Schoolcraft College, West Shore Community College) and building projects for community colleges and four-year colleges and universities (Ferris State University, Glen Oaks Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Michigan State University, Montcalm Community College, Muskegon Community College, Northwood University). As a Recognized Educational Facilities Professional (REFP), Tom successfully led numerous K-12 building programs through consensus-building, bond issue planning and project implementation as Principal-In-Charge or Project Manager prior to founding MMA. School districts include Byron Center Public Schools, Comstock Park Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grant Public Schools, Hopkins Public Schools, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Lawton Community Schools, Lowell Public Schools, Marcellus Community Schools, Martin Public Schools, Olivet Community Schools, Otsego Public Schools, Portage Public Schools, Ravenna Public Schools, Saranac Public Schools, Thornapple-Kellogg Schools, and Western Schools.
Tom earned his Master of Architecture degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan, where he also was awarded the Booth Travelling Fellowship. Tom is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, where he served as local chapter President, state President, Regional Director, and National Vice President. He was awarded the AIA Michigan Gold Medal and the AIA Michigan Hastings Service Award, and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from AIA Grand Rapids. Tom currently serves as President of the Michigan Architectural Foundation. As a supporter of architecture education, Tom founded the Michigan Mentoring Network, linking practicing architects with architecture students at all five of Michigan’s accredited schools of architecture. He also serves on NAAB accreditation teams for colleges of architecture throughout the U.S.
Tom is a Past President and active member of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids and currently serves as Vice President of the Grand Rapids Rotary Charities Foundation. He is a Past Chair and active member of the Small Business Association of Michigan and former Board member of the National Small Business Association. He is an advocate for Michigan, architecture, small business, and community service.