Our Team

Our team of talented and innovative architectural minds is located in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. We enjoy bringing new ideas to life  throughout Virginia and West Virginia.

We bring a variety of diverse skills, talents and backgrounds together to focus on your project.

Portrait of John R. Mather, AIA

John R. Mather, AIA


John Mather, founder and principal of Mather Architects, has been designing public and commercial buildings for nearly three decades. John’s first passion is creating innovative solutions to architectural problems — solutions that balance economy, technical excellence, and beauty. His second passion is combining rigorous project delivery standards with superior client service.

Portrait of Fred Ridder

Fred Ridder

Production Manager/Senior Project Manager

If John Mather’s responsibility is blue-sky thinking, Fred Ridder’s is down-to-earth planning and project management. A graduate of the Maryland Drafting Institute, Fred has been creating buildings for 35 years, drawing on a deep knowledge of construction principles and building codes. He prepares high-quality design and assembly drawings, is proficient with AutoCAD Architecture, Revit, and DataCAD, and is able to effectively communicate technical information to project stakeholders.

Rebecca Penrod Portrait

Rebecca Penrod

Director of Marketing and Business Development

A Harrisonburg native and graduate of Florida State University, College of Business. Rebecca has a passion for making connections and building lifetime relationships.


Let's Build Something

Get in touch to discuss or inquire about your next project. To email us, fill in the form to the right or use the address found on the contact page. We look forward to hearing your ideas and coming up with an innovative architectural design to meet your challenges.