Matt received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State
University and began his career in machine design in a manufacturing
setting. While interesting, Matt’s lifelong interest in more
aesthetically focused design pursuits resulted in his migration
towards the skilled trades; furniture, cabinetry and residential
design and construction.
While in the Washington D.C. area, Matt gained valuable experience
and mentoring as a craftsperson and designer. Particularly
influential were his experiences at Lank Woodwork and Kramer &
Eiland Woodworking which included work on the National Cathedral, the
Blair House, IBM Corporate commissions and many superb private commissions.
After Matt moved back to the Midwest, he started his own residential
design-build firm in Madison Wisconsin and in 1992 he joined forces
with previous collaborators as a founding member of Associated Housewrights.
Matt’s work as a designer has been recognized on a local and national
level. His blend of technical and aesthetic interests in addition to
strong problem solving skills have proven very effective in the
residential design-build industry positively influencing end product
quality as well as operational effectiveness.
Brian began building furniture at age sixteen inspired by the life
and work of his grandfather. A strong functional aesthetic and
knowledge of wood structural characteristics informs all Brian’s work.
He has been employed as an independent carpenter and craftsman,
exhibiting his work as an artisan at Art Fair on the Square, and the
Audubon Art Fair at Madison’s Olbrich Gardens. Brian currently enjoys
handcrafting wooden boats for paddle and sail.
Brian graduated from Penn State with dual degrees: a BS in Mechanical
Engineering, and Barch Architecture, both with high distinction. Brian
also received the School of Architecture’s Creative Achievement award.
His graduate study was at the UW-Madison Solar Energy Lab, where he
earned a MS in Mechanical Engineering-Solar Energy with honors.
For fifteen years, Brian owned his own design/build company where he
designed and built a wide range of custom remodeling and new
construction projects, including a new solar home completely off the
power grid. Brian joined Associated Housewrights in 2000 as a Project
Manager and Production Engineer.
Meri Tepper joined Associated Housewrights as Director of Design in
the summer of ’17 after collaborating with the Housewrights the
previous 3 years on multiple residential remodeling projects. Meri
Tepper is a Registered Architect in Wisconsin and New York. She worked
with the NYC office of Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects from
2004-2014. Meri is a member of the American Institute of Architects
and the Madison Area Builder’s Association.
Meri is an equally talented creative and technical architect. As a
LEED AP and Certified Passive House Designer, Meri’s designs embrace
current building science and energy efficient construction techniques.
Meri studied at the University of Virginia. She received her Master
of Architecture Degree in 2004 and a Bachelor of Science in
Architecture in 2001.
Meri’s career began with 18 months in Europe working for the Danish
Institute for Study Abroad. She planned and guided architectural
study tours throughout Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland and France.
During this time she developed an academic interest in alternative
housing typologies,energy efficient building construction, and
the modern Scandinavian style.
Meri’s master’s thesis, titled Sited in the Setback, proposed
doubling the density of first ring suburbs like Levittown NY with the
use of prefabricated accessory dwelling units. Her thesis work
received awards in the 2010 Build a Better Burb Competition sponsored
by the Long Island Index, and the 2005 Boston Society of Architects In
Pursuit of Housing Competition.
Committed to leadership development and mentoring, Meri was the 2011
recipient of the Women in Architecture AIA NY Committee Recognition Award.
Michael is a lifelong native of Madison graduating from East High and
then achieving an Architectural Technology degree from MATC.
Micheal’s previous work experiences were with larger commercial design
and build firms in drafting, estimating, cabinetry and construction
management. He’s also served digital marketing / seo roles.
Michael joined the Housewrights the spring of ’15 and is currently a
Project Manager estimating and managing individual client remodeling
and addition projects.
Michael keeps busy away from the Housewrights with his family of 5,
coaching basketball, spending time in the out-of-doors, reading,
enjoying music and movies.
Steve’s been a focused residential construction industry pro since
2000 filling a number of roles from the job site to material
distribution. From swinging a hammer to managing projects Steve’s
variety of experience gives him a broad perspective, strong problem
solving skills and a ‘can do’ attitude. Prior to entering the
building trades Steve studied at Luther College (General Studies) and
UW Stout (School of Industrial Technology) each providing additional
foundation to his current endeavors.
Steve joined the Housewrights the summer of ’15 and is currently a
Project Manager estimating and managing individual client projects
from remodels to new home building.
Beyond work Steve enjoys his time with his family, camping and