Getting to Know Matthew VanSweden

Matthew by his 2017 Kendall College of Art & Design Thesis Exhibition.

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On this episode of Light Conversations, Fernando Ramirez sat down with Matthew Van Sweden, Integrative Designer at Catalyst Partners and Co-chair for the AIA Grand Rapids chapter.  Matt focuses his work on equipping design teams with the right tools at the right time necessary to solve the right problems.


In their conversation, Matt explains the importance of sustainable / restorative / regenerative architecture.  How David Orr has shaped his views of architecture and life.  How his past has informed his present. Matt brings a collaborative focus to the design process and shapes urban settings while using his rural roots as a compass.  He is always found on a project throughout the Grand Rapids community and continues to advocate for green practices and social impact.

That and much more was captured in this conversation with Matthew VanSweden—tune in to hear all the. You may also view Matthews work at:

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