A local architect is the new president of a statewide architectural foundation.
Tom Mathison will serve as president of the Detroit-based Michigan Architectural Foundation, or MAR, after a combined eight years on the foundation’s board.
His term will last two years, effective Jan. 2.
Mathison is a co-founding principal of Grand Rapids-based Mathison | Mathison Architects, or MMA, and has 35 years of experience in architecture.
He holds an M.S. in architecture, with distinction, from the University of Michigan.
Mathison will lead MAF’s efforts to promote awareness and education of careers in architecture.
His plans involve strengthening existing efforts and creating more relationships with local organizations, such as the Detroit Optimist Club.
Other future developments include a new website, a program video for “Architecture, it’s Elementary” and additional funds for grants.
“MAF Public Awareness Grants supported two films, ‘The Wizard of Boulder Place,’ a Michigan Emmy award winning film on Charlevoix’s Mushroom Houses, and a documentary on architect Eero Saarinen. Both have helped bring awareness of architecture in a format that reaches viewers worldwide,” Mathison said.
Mathison is also planning MAF’s first donor-appreciation event this spring. The event will showcase various projects and scholarship recipients that have benefited from donor generosity, communicating the importance of donor support and the foundation’s appreciation of them.
The Michigan Architectural Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and educating people about architecture.
It offers scholarships to architecture students and grants for community projects, as well as education programs to teach K-12 children about architecture.
Funding for these efforts comes primarily from community donors.