Seven Generations names new director of architecture

Steven VandenBussche is the new director of architecture for Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering in Kalamazoo. VandenBussche will manage the day-to-day operations of the firm’s architectural practice from the firm’s office in Kalamazoo.

He also will collaborate with team members in support of the firm's strategic business direction in planning, design, and construction services for its growing healthcare, federal and tribal practices. There will be  an emphasis on regional medical facilities, Indian Health Services, Department of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs.

Prior to joining Seven Generations, VandenBussche was the discipline leader/senior designer at C2AE in Kalamazoo. His support for the buildings group team there included various design tasks, programming workshops and developing schematic design concepts. By detailing and research and development, he assisted staff in taking concepts to realization.   

He also was responsible for assessing and developing the firm’s capability and capacity in the architectural discipline through training and mentoring of professional staff. Prior to that, VandenBussche was the director of design at Wightman & Associates and a project manager at Diekema Hamann Architecture & Engineering where he used the latest tools in technology to assist in communicating and visualizing client’s desires.

VandenBussche is a licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Jeremy Berg, managing director at Seven Generations, says their search showed VandenBussche to be the right person to serve as our new architecture lead. "He has 18 years of experience in providing high-level design and professional services to a wide range of clients including those in the K-12, higher education, nonprofit, and commercial sectors. This, coupled with his 10 years of expertise designing and managing various healthcare facility projects, will provide great value to Seven Generations and our clients."

Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC, was founded in 2012 and is wholly owned by Mno-Bmadsen, the economic development enterprise chartered by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to establish and grow for-profit business for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians with a focus on long-term sustainability in all endeavors.

Source: Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering
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