Creative Director, Wayfinding Design

Richard NicolsonCreative Director

Mr. Nicolson is an environmental graphic designer with 30+ years’ experience on a range of facility types, including healthcare, educational, cultural, corporate, and sports stadiums. He has worked closely with CGA on sign design for more than 15 years. Dick is committed to aesthetically pleasing, well-conceived sign designs that are functional, efficient, and cost-effective. Before founding Nicolson + Associates in 2004, he was VP and Director of the Signage/Exhibit Group, Ford & Earl Associates, Troy, MI; Director of Environmental Graphics at Rossetti Architects, Detroit; and signage designer for Smith, Hinchman, & Grylls Architects, Detroit. Dick also built and managed a nationally recognized, custom, environmental graphics fabrication shop. Some of his fabrication experience includes large scale, high-end design projects, including signage and donor recognition for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York City’s Battery Park, Johns Hopkins Hospital, MGM Casino, The Detroit Riverwalk, and the University of San Francisco Law Library. Dick holds a degree from the College of Creative Studies, Detroit (BFA in Industrial Design).

Scott - Donor Recognition Specialist

Scott Wolterink, Account Executive & Advisor

Scott has worked in the development and fundraising field since 1996.  He has been the lead fundraiser and relationship manager in eight comprehensive campaigns including capital, endowment, annual and planned giving components exceeding $665 million. His experience includes:

Higher Education: Lake Forest College, Hope College

Humanitarian Efforts: American Red Cross

Healthcare: Bronson South Haven Health System

Leadership and Youth Development: YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Boy Scouts of America National Foundation

Scott is a Licensed Professional Fundraiser and holds the CFRE designation.  He earned his Master of Education degree from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College. He is a graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute at The College of William and Mary, Leadership Development program at Vanderbilt University and The Aspen Academy for Healthcare Philanthropy. Scott can be reached at (248) 897-1719 or email

Wayfinding Specialist

Janet R. Carpman, PhD Carpman Grant Associates

Associate to Nicolson Associates

Janet R. Carpman, PhD is an architectural sociologist and wayfinding expert who has worked for 30+ years to improve wayfinding ease in complex, confusing sites and facilities. A founding partner in Carpman Grant Associates, Wayfinding Consultants, she and Myron Grant have worked with more than 70 organizations on hundreds of wayfinding projects in medical, educational, cultural, government, and other types of public facilities. Jan has special expertise in analyzing users’ wayfinding needs and planning wayfinding-related operational programs. In the 1980s, she directed the award-winning Patient & Visitor Participation Project at the University of Michigan Medical Center, a unique, six-year, design research and advocacy effort. Jan Carpman and Myron Grant are authors of the award-winning books, Design that Cares: Planning Health Facilities for Patients and Visitors and Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around. Jan has conducted over 100 studies, authored or co-authored more than 45 publications, and made 50+ presentations at professional meetings in the U.S. and abroad. She is also an experienced radio talk-show guest. Jan holds degrees from the University of Michigan (PhD in Architecture and Sociology), Harvard University (Master of City Planning), and the University of Rochester (BA in Sociology).   

Environmental Graphic Design Specialist

Stephanie M. McCarty, Marketing

Stephanie manages Nicolson Associates marketing including web site development, email marketing and social marketing. Her expertise in social marketing has been sought out by some of our clients broadening our range of services. Stephanie holds a bachelors degree from Wayne State University


Eric Nicolson, Business Manager

Eric manages the business operations for Nicolson Associates and our subsidiary, Eric holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Custom Sign Fabrication Manager

Matt Nuyttens, Fabrication Manager

Matt manages the fabrication in our shop. He makes beautiful handcrafted works. Matt has years of experience in welding & wood working and is capable of crafting virtually any signage you can imagine.

Tim Ryan, Project Manager

Mr. Ryan oversees the implementation planning of our projects and is the production and installation manager. His expertise in planning and with material specifications and fabrication techniques influences every project at Nicolson Associates. Tim has been a project manager and estimator for several of the major auto company exhibit companies including George P. Johnson, Exhibit & Museum Works, and H. B. Stubbs.

Other Associates

Nicolson Associates maintains a small staff so we can bring specialized consultants into projects on an as needed basis. These services include interpretive writers and designers, custom fabricators, lighting specialists, structural engineers, landscape designers, etc..