Mathews Architecture

In 2011, Mathews Architecture received the Firm of the Year Award from AIA North Carolina.
Jane Gianvito Mathews, FAIA
JANE GIANVITO MATHEWS, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal of Mathews Architecture, PA, holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree with highest honors from the University of Colorado.

After graduate school, with a professional goal of working in small towns and communities of need, she was an intern architect in the coalfields of rural Eastern Kentucky, a community she still works with today. To further her work with non-profit organizations, she served as a Fellow with the Design Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC.

A regular visitor to Asheville for many years, she came to work for sixty-to-ninety days in 1982 and has been a resident ever since. Jane started and was president of the first women’s owned, corporate architectural firm in Western NC established in 1992. 

Jane is active in the community, utilizing her professional and personal skills to volunteer her time and efforts to various non-profit organizations. She served as President of the Asheville Section of the AIA in 1999 and on various AIA NC committees throughout the years including as a Director on the AIA NC Board. She is an affiliate member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Jane has served as president of the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, on HandMade in America’s Resource Council, on the boards of Asheville Catholic School and of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Charlotte, on the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission including as Chair, on the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force and Affordable Housing Working Group, on the Asheville Area Riverfront  Redevelopment Commission where she is chair of its Riverfront Planning & Design Review Committee, and six years as an original appointee to the City of Asheville’s Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment (SACEE).

She currently is a Trustee on the Board of the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County, Kentucky, a National Historic Landmark, and is chair of its Facilities and Environment Committee.

Jane was the 2004 Honoree of the Year of the TWIN (Tribute to Women of Influence) Award from the YWCA of Asheville, 2015 recipient of the William H. Deitrick Service Medal from AIA North Carolina, and was recently elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects. 

Learn a lot more about Jane here.
Rich Mathews
Rich is our go-to guy when the computers act up, or when we need pictures hung up on the wall.
Even though he says that his résumé lists all the things he's learned how to do that he never wants to do again, we regularly draw on his background and wide range of knowledge and skills, whether it's historic preservation, nonprofit management, or local history.

Right now he does our bookkeeping.

When Winter approaches, he lets his beard grow and slowly metamorphoses into every pre-schooler's hero, Santa Claus. Each year, much to his despair, he needs less and less beard whitener to fulfill his role.

In recent years, he has done historic survey work for the Wilma Dykeman Riverfront Redevelopment Plan; the Town Branch Greenway; and the E. W. Grove Park Trolley Houses and Stone Walls.
Shane Elliott
Shane, a native of Erwin, TN, holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee.

He first joined Mathews Architecture in 2000. He has taken several “sabbaticals" from his long tenure at the firm to study wooden boat-building at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA; pursue his 50 Ton USCG Captain’s Licensure; and to serve as the Education Programs Manager at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation.

Captain Elliott is a highly organized and effective project manager and creative designer, extremely experienced at project development, production and construction administration.

Among Shane’s many interests and talents is a love of traditional Appalachian music; he can often be found out on Wall Street during his lunch break sawing at his fiddle.
Adam Penny
Adam, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Florida State University, has worked as AutoCAD and Revit technician with Mathews Architecture since 2003.

He provides field documentation of existing structures and prepares floor plan and elevation base sheet drawings. He also assists the firm in the production of Construction Documents for both residential and commercial projects.

In addition to his excellent drafting skills, he has extensive experience in kitchen design and project estimating.

Like everyone else in the firm, he has a deep commitment to the community.

"I am a Level 1 Firefighter and a Licensed Emergency Medical Responder.  As a kid, I dreamt of becoming a firefighter when I grew up. After moving into a rural area some 30 minutes out of Asheville, I realized I could fulfill those dreams and at the same time serve my community and stay fit.

"Becoming a volunteer firefighter requires extensive training, hard work and dedication to the community.  Crabtree/Iron Duff Community relies on us to respond quickly to emergencies (medical and fire related).

"Although I receive little to no monetary compensation for my effort, the chance to aid and serve the community is an extremely rewarding experience."