Who We Are

Collaboration is at the heart of every great design.

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Making a positive impact for many generations to come.

Seven Generations A+E (7GAE) delivers creative solutions inspired by Indigenous traditions, beliefs, and planning. Founded in 2012 as a Tribally-Owned, 8(a), Small Disadvantaged business, our core value is Seven Generation Sustainability; an ecological concept that urges the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future. 7GAE is wholly owned by Mno-Bmadsen, the investment enterprise of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Our team specializes in architecture, planning, interior design, research, and design consultation.

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

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Est.

2012

Tribally
Owned

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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.

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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

Honor Award
Leadership Camp Treehouses

2020

AIA Southwest Michigan

Honor Award
Arcadia Festival Place Master Plan

2020

AIA Southwest Michigan

Merit Award
Indiana Private Residence

2020

AIA Southwest Michigan

Merit Award
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe D1 Health Clinic

2020

AIA Southwest Michigan

Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering

Leadership Team

Karl Kowalske

President
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EDUCATION
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) | Michigan State University
  • Master of Architecture | University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture | University of Michigan

Karl Kowalske

President

As President of Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, Karl is accountable for overseeing 7GAE’s operations and working with the team to ensure each team member finds his or her path to success. Karl is responsible for providing strong leadership for the company by working with the board and other executives to establish short and long-term goals, plans and strategies. Karl has focused his career on developing performance-driven healthcare solutions that improve outcomes, serve communities, and fit clients.

Registrations/Certifications:
Architectural License
  • Michigan #1301054562
  • Indiana #AR11400034
  • Ohio #ARC 1015168
Professional Credentials
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • ACHA
  • EDAC
  • NCARB
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Steve VandenBussche

Vice President of Practice | Senior Healthcare Architect
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  • 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

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Ivan McPherson

Federal Program Manager
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EDUCATION
  • Master of Arts in Management | Webster University
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology | Michigan State University

Ivan McPherson

Federal Program Manager

Ivan McPherson oversees 7GAE field staff agents across the country and is responsible for the coordination, direction, and completion of contracts with the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Ivan is also tasked with contributing to company strategy and helping to lead the growth of Seven Generations A+E.

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Scott Winchester

Project Manager | Tribal Liaison
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  • 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

 

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Join The Team

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

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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, reach out through our website's submission form.

Get in Touch

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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