Heather Mathias, IIDA, LEED AP


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Expertise: Strategic Planning & Growth, Leadership, Marketing, Recruiting


Heather Mathias, IIDA, LEED AP, advises A/E/C/ID firms in the areas of leadership, marketing, workplace strategy, recruiting, and planning. Heather is passionate about understanding organizational nuances and optimizing firm culture to meet strategic objectives.  She is adept at asking the right questions, facilitating strategic conversations with a variety of stakeholders, and developing deep relationships with her clients.

Heather formerly was a principal at Architect Magazine’s Top 50 firm Hastings Architecture Associates, where she championed the firm’s strategic planning, recruitment, leadership development, and workplace strategy consulting. She served as principal-in-charge of high-profile interior architecture projects for clients including Microsoft, William Morris, Sony Music, Warner Publishing, Pilot Flying J, Lendlease, and Vanderbilt University. Her projects have been published in Interior Design Magazine and Contract Magazine and have won awards from both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association.

Named one of Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, she was the youngest and only female principal at Hastings. Heather brings her unique female perspective to A/E/C/ID firm leadership. She believes that establishing a culture to support inclusion is a key differentiator for high-performing firms.

Before her executive position at Hastings, Heather was a business development manager for Herman Miller, where she expanded her expertise in marketing, business development, sales planning, and client service.

Heather is a member of the International Interior Design Association and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. She serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Architecture at the University of Tennessee, and is a board member for the McNeilly Center for Children.

Heather has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture.