Initially incorporated in 1965 as Eichstedt and Grissim Associates, John Grissim helped shape pioneering projects such as the award-winning Sea World in Ohio and in Florida, and work for Ford Motor Company, Parke-Davis, and Whirlpool.
Subsequent to Ed Eichstedt’s passing, John re-incorporated the practice as John Grissim Associates in 1977. He continued the firm’s legacy by growing the client base through relationship building and establishing the firm as a premier design firm. Some notable projects during these years included continuing work at the Ford Motor Company Headquarters, multiple General Motors plants throughout the country, The Dearborn Inn, and The Gardens Shopping Center in Palm Beach, Florida.
In 1985, Randall K. Metz, FASLA joined the firm, bringing complementary architectural and artistic strength to the practice. Randy’s work on such notable projects as Ford Motor Company Regent Court, AAA Michigan Headquarters, UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, Greenfield Village Restoration and The Somerset Collection garnered the recognition of national, as well as regional and local publications and a variety of awards. The firm became Grissim | Metz Associates in 1993, marking the steady growth by contributions of Randy and other associates.
In 2002, the firm evolved into Grissim Metz Andriese Associates (GMAA), which includes Principals, Susan L. Grissim, ASLA, Paul R. Andriese, ASLA and Richard G. Houdek, ASLA, LEED- AP, enhancing its leadership team. Additional Partners were promoted in 2020, strengthening the firm’s capabilities.
Creative ideas are backed by the depth of experience and the specialized knowledge of the firm’s principals and partners. The diverse talents of its landscape architects enable GMAA to provide design services for projects ranging from small courtyards to large complex projects, while maintaining individualized attention and personalized service for their clients.