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Architecture firm hires practice leader

March 2, 2018
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Tod Stevens
Tod Stevens. Courtesy Progressive AE

A local architecture firm has named a new practice leader.

Grand Rapids-based Progressive AE said last week it hired Tod Stevens, AIA as its learning practice leader.

Stevens will lead the firm’s efforts to serve higher education clients, while attracting new clients.

“Making the career move to Progressive AE aligns my personal beliefs with a firm that values the learning market and is committed to creating environments which foster growth and development,” Stevens said.

Stevens brings 25 years of industry experience.

He came to Progressive AE from the international design firm Stantec, where he was a principal and senior design architect leading education projects.

He is also credited with more than 20 award-winning projects: Sangren Hall College of Education at Western Michigan University; Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University; Phyllis Fratzk Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College; College of Education at Old Dominion University; the Math and Physics Building at University of Texas at Dallas; and more.

“We are making a significant investment to bolster our expertise, experience base and portfolio in the learning market, which means hiring the best and brightest,” said Brad Thomas, president and CEO, Progressive AE. “Tod is a subject-matter expert, and we’re thrilled to have him lead us forward.”

Stevens holds a B.S. in architecture from Lawrence Technology University and an M.S. in architecture from the University of Michigan.

Progressive AE

Progressive AE is an employee-owned architecture firm with offices in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Charlotte, North Carolina.

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