With 30 years’ experience designing projects across the urban-rural spectrum, and across project types and complexities, James draws on the innate qualities of a place to inform authentic and grounded solutions. Having built his career in Detroit, he embraces the challenge of balancing a high level of design quality with construction feasibility and limited resources. His work spans new construction and adaptive reuse, as well as community-based projects such as K-12, public safety, and recreation facilities nationally.
With a background as both a designer and a residential contractor, he is adept at navigating the complexity of design and construction, and his deep understanding of how buildings go together affords him the ability to conceive of the widest possibilities, balanced with their technical impacts. His designs have been recognized by the Detroit and Michigan chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and he serves as a frequent juror at the architectural schools at Lawrence Technological University, University of Detroit Mercy, and the University of Michigan.
With almost two decades of architecture experience spanning both Michigan and California, Ben has worked on a number of project types including urban design, site planning, mixed use developments, civic projects, higher education and healthcare.
Using his creative and technical insight he strives for aesthetic excellence and functionally sound architecture. He is skilled at employing principles of lean design and integrated project delivery. Working closely with contractors, consultants, and clients, he ensures quality documentation from concept through construction. Ben is a registered architect in Michigan and California as well as a LEED certified professional.
Inspired by the energy and creativity of students and academia, Ben has been a guest juror at Cal Poly Pomona, SCI-arc, Otis College of Art and Design, and Lawrence Technological University. Over the past three years he has returned to his undergraduate alma mater as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Teaching all levels of design studio he is equally excited about introducing first year students to the abstractions of form, scale and composition as he is working with 3rd and 4th year students engage with community members to design meaningful, functional spaces that enrich the environments of the end users.
Christoph has 10 years of professional experience and is a registered architect in Michigan. He has led projects from programming and conceptual design through construction administration, including mixed-use multi-family residential, higher education, and other community facilities. In this role he has guided projects through LEED and Enterprise Green Communities certification to secure LIHTC funding. His experience also includes integrating design with digital fabrication strategies to advance construction efficiency. Christoph is an adjunct instructor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, where he teaches upper level studios and participates frequently on academic juries. His commitment to education and service has also included organizing employee mentorship programs and leading design workshops for high school students.