John R. Mather, AIA, President

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.

Fred Ridder, Production Manager/Senior Project Manager

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 30 years, drawing on a deep knowledge of construction principles and building codes. He prepares high-quality design and assembly drawings, is proficient on the AutoCAD system, and is able to effectively communicate technical information to project stakeholders.

James Harte, Project Manager

James Harte

Project Manager

A Liscensed Architect and graduate of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture, James brings a high degree of leadership and technical proficiency to the role of project manager. He is involved at every phase of most projects, from initial conceptual design to final completion of construction. His knowledge of design, construction and detailing, and computer systems makes James an invaluable member of the Mather team.

Rebecca Penrod, Director of Marketing and Business Development

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.