Pride in our past. History



  • Tarapata MacMahon Associates is founded by Peter Tarapata and Chuck MacMahon. The firm includes 12 professionals and the first office is located on Woodward and Long Lake in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Educational architecture is the firm’s specialty, and its first school design award was from the American Association of School Administrators for Groves High School, Birmingham Public Schools.


  • Firm renovates and expands the Tuscarora School building at Square Lake and Telegraph Roads in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where it remains headquartered today.
  • A major design commission is the National AIA Design Award winning Central Plaza in Canton, Ohio.
  • Principals included Peter Tarapata, Chuck MacMahon, Bill Hayes, Mark Jaroszewicz, Dick Albyn, and Maury Allen.
  • Chuck MacMahon elected to AIA College of Fellows.
  • Firm merges with Glen Paulsen and Associates, and is now known as Tarapata MacMahon Paulsen Associates, Inc. or TMP Associates, Inc. Practice diversifies with an even stronger higher education focus following the merger.


  • The practice diversifies to include corporate and governmental markets.
  • Peter Tarapata, FAIA is Chair of National AIA Committee on Architecture for Education.
  • Thomas Lucas becomes President of the firm in 1975.
  • With school market in recession, firm refocuses marketing efforts and takes on many corporate and governmental clients.


  • Performing Arts becomes a strong market for the firm. Diversification in other market segments includes college remodeling, healthcare and governmental work.
  • John Castellana is promoted to Senior Vice President in 1982.
  • Kent Johnson becomes President of the firm in 1986.
  • Tim Casai is promoted to Senior Vice President in 1987.
  • Firm’s first AutoCAD (computer-aided design) project!
  • Firm begins successful school design work in Tucson, Arizona with major commissions.
  • School market in Michigan rebounds and TMP is awarded large bond issue projects.
  • Firm celebrates 25 years in 1984!
  • TMP inaugurates Annual Golf Outing.


  • Firm earns AIA Michigan Firm of the Year Award in 1999.
  • Firm continues steady growth with many new commissions focusing on schools, recreation, performing arts and healthcare.
  • Dave Larson & Steve Smith are promoted to Senior Vice President in 1992.
  • TMP forms alliances with Ballinger of Philadelphia and The Collaborative, Inc. of Toledo.
  • John Castellana & Tim Casai are elected to the AIA College of Fellows.
  • TMP expands its Bloomfield Hills operations into an adjacent property at 2709 South Telegraph.


  • The firm officially changes name to TMP Architecture, Inc. and launches the original website!
  • John Castellana becomes TMP’s President in 2003, is awarded the AIA Detroit Gold Medal, and is designated as a Registered Educational Facility Planner from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.
  • Steve Smith becomes Director of Operations in 2004.
  • Gail Allevato is promoted to Senior Vice President in 2005.
  • Tim Casai is awarded AIA Detroit Gold Medal & becomes President of the firm in 2008.
  • TMP merges with Marshburn/Bunkley Associates of Portage and Jickling Lyman Powell Associates of Troy.
  • Firm joins forces with Breckenridge Group as an architecture/engineering joint venture for projects in the Tucson, Arizona area.
  • Whitmore Lake High School becomes TMP’s first LEED Certified project, earning a Silver rating.
  • TMP University is established, offering classes, promoting training and professional growth throughout the firm.
  • TMP celebrates 50 years in 2009!


  • First LEED Silver Certified higher education architecture project: Crystal M. Lange Health & Human Services Building, Saginaw Valley State University.
  • University of Michigan projects break ground including the Basketball Player Development Center and Crisler Center Expansion and Renovation.


  • Tim Casai awarded AIA Michigan Gold Medal.
  • LEED Gold Certified Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, Detroit Public Schools, opens.


  • First LEED Gold Certified project: Jenks Math & Science Center, Jenks, Oklahoma.
  • TMP teams with Baskervill, a Virginia firm, to renovate and restore campus recreation and athletic projects for the Virginia Military Institute.


  • Crisler Center expansion & renovation at University of Michigan achieves LEED Gold Certification.


  • Two TMP interior designers pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam.


  • Eduardo Blanc is promoted to a Vice President and takes over Portage office leadership.


  • John Castellana wins AIA Michigan Gold Medal Award
  • Laura Casai elected to Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40
  • University of Alabama Student Center at Presidential Village wins NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility Award


  • John Castellana elected Secretary of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows Executive Committee
  • Kudos to 2017’s award winning projects: Early Childhood Center at Novi Community Schools, Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan, and the Lasch Family Golf Center at Michigan State University


  • Gail Allevato becomes President of the firm
  • Eduardo Blanc joins the firm’s Board of Directors
  • Steven Smith wins the AIA Michigan Robert F. Hastings Award
  • Nandita Mishra receives ALEP Certification
  • Keri Seeney receives NCIDQ Certification
  • University of Michigan Athletics South Camps Performance Center wins Pyramid Award for Best Project Team, Construction Showcase Award from Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), Outstanding Design for American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase, and Honorable Mention for College Planning & Management Education Design Showcase
  • Perrysburg Schools New Hull Prairie Intermediate School wins Outstanding Design for American School & University Architectural Portfolio, Honorable Mention for School Planning & Management Education Design Showcase, Outstanding Design for Learning By Design Fall Architectural Portfolio, and Silver Category Winner for Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Design Awards
  • St. Clair County Regional Educational Services Agency Classroom 4 the Future Program won an Outstanding Design for American School & University Interiors Showcase
  • Virginia Military Institute Cormack & Cocke Hall Renovations received Outstanding Design for American School & University Architectural Portfolio
  • St. Clair County Community College Fieldhouse Renovation received Outstanding Project Award for Learning By Design’s Spring Architectural Portfolio
  • Kalamazoo College Fitness & Wellness Center received Outstanding Project in Learning By Design’s Fall Architectural Portfolio
  • “Rapid Delivery Driving Tangible Results” presentation at MiAPPA Winter Conference
  • “Schools of the Future” presentation at the MSBO Preconference
  • “Lead the Way to Victory: How to Defeat the Challenges Along the Way to a Yes Vote!” presentation at MASA Fall Conference
  • “Facilities Planning, Design and Construction” presentation at the MSBO Facilities Conference
  • “Modern Learning + Early Childhood Education” presentation for SUPES Academy
  • “Space Odyssey: The Journey of Designing Schools for the Future” presentation at MASB Conference
  • “School of Dreams: designing and planning with a vision for pedagogical success” at EdSpaces Conference
  • “Choosing the Right Path: How to Work with Your Architect” at Athletic Business Conference