feather-01

Who We Are

Collaboration is at the heart of every great design.

About us

Making a positive impact for many generations to come.

Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC was founded in 2012 and is a Tribally-Owned, 8(a), Small Disadvantaged, HUBZone business that is wholly owned by Mno-Bmadsen. Mno-Bmadsen is the investment enterprise of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. The principals of Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering have more than 75 years of combined experience in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Interior Design, Planning, and Construction. The firm specializes in the Federal, State, Municipal, Commercial and Tribal markets and is skilled at completing projects on time and at or under budget. Every service is provided with a singular dedication to environmental stewardship.

Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Learn More about Our PaSSion

Est.

2012

Tribally
Owned

Play video to learn more about Mno-Bmadsen

Mno-Bmadsen Owned

Established to support the growing need for design and construction services for Tribes.

Mno-Bmadsen established Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering to support its growing need for design and construction services within the Tribe’s geographic and economically controlled land development. The motivation went well beyond the concept of design and engineering as form and function, and incorporates the firm’s core value of Seven Generation Sustainability — an ecological concept that urges the current generation of humans to live sustainability and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future.

Learn More About Mno-Bmadsen

Achieving great things.

AIA Honor Award
Keshena Falls Restoration

2019

AIA Southwest Michigan

Outstanding Planning and Design Award
Gateway to the North Mixed-Use Masterplan Study

2019

Arizona State University & Construction in Indian Country

AIA Honor Award
7GAE New Office Build

2019

AIA Southwest Michigan

Honor Award
Pokagon Tribal Court and Peacemaking Center

2017

AIA Southwest Michigan

Quality of Life Award
Pokagon Bent Tree Market

2014

ASCE Michigan Section

Honor Award
Pokagon Health & Wellness Center

2015

AIA Southwest Michigan

Meet The Seven Generations Team

Many disciplines, one focus.

Jeremy Berg

President
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Master of Architecture | University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture | State University of New York at Buffalo

Jeremy Berg

President

Jeremy is an active leader in all phases of the practice of architecture, including master planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration. He has experience leading multi-discipline teams for new healthcare facilities, additions, and renovations of existing healthcare facilities. He has worked as an architectural medical subject matter expert on behalf of the Department of Defense for the US government, and has completed over 35 distinct medical and laboratory projects for Tribal, Federal, and private clients.

Registrations/Certifications:
Architectural Licenses
  • Michigan #1301058502
  • Maryland #15061
  • Virginia # 041016320
  • Florida #96284
  • Delaware #7850
  • Alabama #7184
Interior Design License
  • NCIDQ #30928
More From Jeremy
Blog Post
Rapid City Health Center Exterior 360 Animation
VIEW
Project
Pokagon Band Tribal Courts/Peacemaking
VIEW
Load More

Steve VandenBussche

Vice President of Practice | Senior Healthcare Architect
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Master of Architecture | University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture | University of Michigan

Steve VandenBussche

Vice President of Practice | Senior Healthcare Architect

Steve is the Vice President of Practice at Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering and leads the Healthcare Architecture and Planning for the company. Steve has provided high level design and professional services to a wide range of client types in the Healthcare and Higher Education market sectors. His goal on every project is to provide superior service by utilizing the latest tools in technology to assist in communicating and visualizing our client’s desires. His role is to assist with the visualization and implementation of the program and design approach for the project.

Registrations/Certifications:
Architectural License
  • Michigan #1301053051
Professional Credentials
  • LEED Accredited Professional
Project
Pokagon Band Tribal Courts/Peacemaking
VIEW
Load More

David Soloff

Vice President of Operations
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Master of Architecture | Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bachelor of Arts - History | Vassar College

David Soloff

Vice President of Operations

David is a registered architect and construction manager with over 30 years of progressive responsibility and varied experience. As VP of Operations, he is responsible for the financial management of the office, as well as providing overall direction for client service activities and providing leadership to staff. He oversees project managers to ensure that production of design and contact drawings are produced in a timely manner and ensures that standards for project quality are maintained.

Registrations/Certifications:
Architectural License
  • Pennsylvania # RA-011920-X
  • Kansas #6798
  • Michigan #1301068746
  • Texas #16799
  • Connecticut #ARI-9374
  • Florida #AR-016479
  • Florida #04310
  • New York #28817
  • Oregon #4827
Professional Credentials
  • AIA
  • LEED AP, BD+C
Load More

Ryan Wielenga

Vice President of Engineering
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Michigan Tech
  • Master of Business Administration Purdue

Ryan Wielenga

Vice President of Engineering

Ryan is a Professional Engineer with over 19 years of experience in mechanical design, management, and maintenance and reliability engineering. As a professional engineer with experience in various industries, he provides invaluable mechanical expertise for overall project quality at 7GAE.

Outside of work, Ryan prefers spending time with family: his wife, Theresa, and daughters, Adia and Brynna. He also enjoys competing in triathlons.

Registrations/Certifications:
NCEES Registered Professional Engineer
  • Michigan
  • Indiana
Load More

Scott Winchester

Project Manager | Tribal Liaison
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Bachelor of Architecture | University of Notre Dame

Scott Winchester

Project Manager | Tribal Liaison

Scott is responsible for tribal client relations, planning, business development and project management.  He is an enrolled member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and has over 35 years of architectural experience specializing in design of Tribal healthcare, educational and justice facilities.

Scott’s strengths include a collaborative approach that links the vision of the client with the expectations of the larger community in order to create facilities that benefit everyone, focusing on sustainability.

Registrations/Certifications:
Architectural Licenses
  • Michigan #130103189
  • Indiana #AR00860109
  • Wisconsin #5185-005
  • Illinois #001-009957
  • NCARB #31971

 

Project
Pokagon Band Tribal Courts/Peacemaking
VIEW
Load More

Rick Slone

Senior Architectural Technical Manager
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • A.A.S. Architectural Technology | Ferris State University

Rick Slone

Senior Architectural Technical Manager

Rick has over 40 years of architectural experience in a variety of project roles. As a part of the architectural team, Rick oversees the preparation of construction drawings, working closely with the design team to clearly document the defined scope of work. His strength is in the ‘nuts and bolts’ of what we do and his variety of experience gives him a unique perspective on the big picture.

Registrations/Certifications:
Professional Credentials
  • Kalamazoo County Education for Employment Advisory Committee
  • Western Michigan University – Adjunct Faculty
Project
Pokagon Band Tribal Courts/Peacemaking
VIEW
Load More

Sara Tripp

Project Manager
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Master of Architecture | Lawrence Technological University
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture | Lawrence Technological University

Sara Tripp

Project Manager

Sara is a Project Manager with over 15 years of experience in Federal, Education, Healthcare, Institutional and Municipal Markets. Transforming ideas into reality while building positive relationships with clients, design teams, and contractors are her top priorities. As a Lead Architectural Designer and Project Manager for large scale projects she brings exceptional delivery to the Seven Generations team from conceptual design to technical detailing.
Registrations/Certifications:

Architectural License

  • Michigan #1301064628

Professional Credentials

  • AIA
  • LEED AP
Project
Dowagiac Union High School Renovation
VIEW
Load More

Stephanie Sokolowski

Interior Designer
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design | Michigan State University

Stephanie Sokolowski

Interior Designer

Stephanie heads the Interior Design department and has over eight years’ experience in commercial interior architecture and design. Her experience includes all phases of the design process for renovations, additions, and new construction. She has practiced primarily in the healthcare design market for both private and government owned facilities. Stephanie finds value in building meaningful client relationships while utilizing her expertise to enhance built environments.

Registrations/Certifications:
Interior Design License
  • National Certificate #31547
Professional Credentials
  • LEED Green Associate
Project
Pokagon Band Tribal Courts/Peacemaking
VIEW
Load More

Justin Stirling

Senior Lead Mechanical Engineer
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering | Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA

Justin Stirling

Senior Lead Mechanical Engineer

Justin is a Professional Engineer with over 18 years of experience in HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection design and engineering.  Justin earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Experiences gained in a variety of sectors including healthcare, nuclear power, and parking structures, will assist in providing in-house engineering support to 7GAE’s projects.  Justin has a keen interest in streamlining processes between architects, designers, and engineers to promote project efficiencies.

Outside of work, Justin spends time with his family: his wife, Chelsea, and daughters, Belle and Mae. He also enjoys attending sporting events, playing ice hockey, and participating in many different outdoor activities year-round.

Registrations/Certifications:

Registered Professional Engineer

  • Arizona #67852
  • Florida #88852
  • Maryland #38296
  • New Jersey #24GE05506200
  • Texas #132290
  • Pennsylvania #PE080512
  • Virginia #402059144
  • Washington #19110409
Load More

Eric Phillips

Project Manager | BIM Manager
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Associate of Applied Science Occupational Technology | Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Drafting & Design Certification | Glen Oaks Community College

Eric Phillips

Project Manager | BIM Manager

Eric is active in producing all documents within the design phase of architectural projects, including schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction administration.  He has over fifteen years of experience in producing and managing healthcare documents, healthcare construction administration.

Registrations/Certifications:
Professional Credentials
  • LEED AP
  • PMP – Project Management Professional
  • Autodesk Revit Certified User
Project
Mille Lacs Band District 1 Health Clinic
VIEW
Load More

Brian Kwekel

Project Manager
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Master of Architecture | University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture | University of Michigan

Brian Kwekel

Project Manager

Brian’s professional experience in both the private and public sectors has produced a variety of projects including multi-family, corporate, custom residential and alternative energy. Guided by modern design sensibilities, his skill is re-interpreting regional vernaculars with natural materials while coupling these with a respect for the environment. These abilities have generated numerous sustainable and innovative design solutions.

His thorough understanding of regulatory processes governing all development and his ability to communicate with municipal agencies has been instrumental in securing project approvals.

Raised in West Michigan, Brian received his Bachelors of Science and Master of Architecture Degrees from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He has been practicing architecture in Michigan and Colorado for the past 15 years.

Registrations/Certifications:
Architectural License
  • Michigan #1301058186
Professional Credentials
  • AIA
Project
Mno-Bmadsen / Chi Ishobak Corporate Center
VIEW
Load More

Dan Heaton

Senior Project Architect
LAST NEXT
EDUCATION
  • Bachelor of Architecture | Ball State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design | Ball State University

Dan Heaton

Senior Project Architect

Dan has over 34 years of architectural experience in complex and innovative military, laboratory, educational and senior living projects.  He graduated from Ball State University and has practiced in Indiana and Ohio before joining our team in Michigan.

Registrations/Certifications:
Architectural License
  • Ohio #0614025
  • NCARB #117062
Professional Credentials
  • LEED Accredited Professional
Load More

Join The Team

We are always looking for individuals that are excited about the future of the built environment.

Contact Us To apply

Partner With Us

We are continuously seeking multi-disciplinary engineering and construction teaming partners for our work.

If you are interested in teaming up with us, download and fill out our RFQ.

Request For Qualifications

Tribal partners, help us identify synergies and contact you if applicable.

Fill Out Survey

Tribally Owned

As a tribally-owned company, working with indigenous people is our passion at Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering.  We understand that these projects not only add to the services a tribe can offer its citizens, but in many cases are the culmination of years of effort by passionate tribal citizens.

Next

8(a) Certified (2/2023)

SBA (8a) is an ownership/diversity certification sponsored by the Small Business Association (SBA) of the United States government. The 8(a) program is a nine-year business development program that provides  business training, counseling, marketing and technical assistance to small businesses that have been certified.

Next

HUBZone Certified

HUBZone is a company level diversity certification referring to the Historically Underutilized Business Zone program that helps small businesses located in distressed areas gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

Next

SDB

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) is an ownership/ diversity self-certification recognized by the Small Business Association (SBA) of the United States government. This certification is for organizations that are owned (at least 51%) by one or more disadvantaged persons. SDB status makes a company eligible for bidding and contracting benefit programs involved with federal procurement.

Next