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About Mathison | Mathison Architects

Connecting People Through Inspiring Design

What We Do

At Mathison | Mathison Architects, we believe that human-centered design is good design and leads to sustainable and resilient futures. We actively seek to blur boundaries between inside and outside, connecting people with nature and their surrounding context, for healthy, engaging environments. We trust our intuition and use a range of diverse tools - simple and sophisticated -to energetically test ideas, to find the right design direction. Your goals, your vision, your project.

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Philosophy & Values

We create meaningful spaces that matter to people.

Our priorities are guided by our collaborative approach to problem-solving; a team culture that nurtures and retains great talent; a commitment to sustainable, practical and high-performance solutions; our uncommon attention to detail; and our desire to leverage our talents to the betterment of our community.



We reach into the community and do this together. We take responsibility and make it our problem. What we do matters to someone else.


Own It

We care and dig deep. We persist and see it through. We speak up, invest, and challenge expectations.


Tune In

We work smart and we get it. We read between the lines. We challenge, rethink, and don’t accept what’s there. We make it better.


Be Authentic

We are genuine and embrace honesty. We are non-ego and friendly. We act with integrity and do what we say we will do.



We are flexible and able to pivot, not rigid. We iterate with intention.

Meet MMA’s Leadership

On October 10, 2013 father and son duo Tom and Evan Mathison formed Mathison | Mathison Architects. MMA grew fast in its first year, and in less than eighteen months, we were a staff of six and had outgrown the upstairs offices in Tom’s house. It became obvious that MMA needed legitimate office space.

In early 2015, after spending weeks looking at various downtown spaces, MMA settled on the top floor of 560 Fifth Street. The ceilings were very high and contained the spatial quality we needed. It was in rough shape, but we committed to leasing the space and renovating it into our offices.

MMA was recognized shortly thereafter for our first design award, for our very own offices!

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AIA Michigan

Building Design Award, Glen Lake Community Schools


Building of the Year Nominee, Glen Lake Community Schools

American Residential Design Awards

Hidden Creek, Grand ARDA and Best in Show


Architizer A+ Awards

Best Young Firm, Special Mention

Michigan Celebrates Small Business

50 Businesses to Watch

Grand Rapids Chamber EPIC Awards

Creative Business of the Year

American Residential Design Awards

Atwater Pond, Gun Lake Overlook

Grand Rapids Business Journal

50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan, Megan Feenstra-Wall

AIA Grand Rapids

Building Honor Award Award, Glen Lake Community Schools

Young Architect Award, Matt Christie


American Residential Design Awards

Riverglass (Best in Show), Deer Haven, Hudson Valley


American Residential Design Awards

Berkshire Ridge, Saxonia Lane, Silver Lake East

AIA Grand Rapids

Building Honor Award, Hudson Valley

Building Honor Award, Van Dyken Mechanical


AIA Grand Rapids

Small Commercial Building Honor Award, Airport Viewing Park

Residential Architecture Honor Award, Riverglass


AIA Michigan

Honor Award, Airport Viewing Park

Cosmopolitan Home Magazine

Home of the Year, Deer Haven


AIA Grand Rapids

Honor Award, Berkshire Ridge

West Michigan Women Brilliance Awards

Emerging Leader Finalist, Megan Feenstra-Wall


AIA Michigan

Young Architect Award, Megan Feenstra-Wall

AIA Grand Rapids

Interior Architecture Honor Award, Mathison | Mathison Architects Office


Grand Rapids Business Journal

40 Under 40 Business Leaders, Evan Mathison

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