Robert G. Clarke, AIA NCARB
Principal | Email
As the president and lead architect for award winning CBI Design Professionals, Robert is responsible for design and client advocacy in all aspects of a client’s design project and subsequent construction. Known for his architectural expertise, he has designed and overseen construction of luxury homes, multi-family projects, churches and commercial structures both new and renovated throughout Michigan and several other states. Prior to co-founding the firm, he was the architectural manager for Bruce E Bordener and Associates and preceding that, he was owner of Clarke Building and Alterations where he was the builder for residential renovation projects. Robert also has responsibility for the day to day operations of the company as President and Owner.
Robert has multiple degrees in Architecture from Lawrence Institute of Technology, including a Master’s of Architecture, Professional Degree in Architecture and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Architecture. He also holds a degree from Rochester College. Robert is licensed to practice architecture in the State of Michigan and has held licenses in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Colorado. He also holds a national certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and maintains an active position as a member of the American Institute of Architecture, AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit.
Robert is an adjunct faculty in the Architecture Department of Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills Michigan. This position, along with his work as a supervisor for NCARB’s intern development program (IDP), has helped to ensure the long term development of future architects.
Robert has held multiple positions with volunteer and non-profit organizations. He currently serves as member of the Board of Trustees with Michigan Christian Youth Camp and as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for Rochester College where he is a past President. Rob enjoys hiking and traveling to Europe and other fun locations when not busy designing his clients’ dreams.
Amanda Fox, Associate AIA
Project Manager | Email
Amanda is a Project Manager with CBI Design Professionals and has been with the firm since the start of her career. She assists Rob with all aspects of a project, from the beginning to completion and oversees many projects in the office. Amanda graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture in 2003 from Lawrence Technological University and joined the firm that year. In 2005, she received her Masters of Architecture with honors also from Lawrence Tech.
Amanda is currently pursuing her Architectural license through the State of Michigan and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. She is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit. Amanda has thrived in a male-dominated career field and enjoys the daily interactions with builders and clients. When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her family, especially her 2 nieces, who have taken it upon themselves to decorate her workspace!
Steven D. Smith
Project Coorindator/CAD Operator | Email
Steven has worked for CBI Design Professionals since inception and with the team when it was the predecessor firm, Bruce E. Borderner and Associates. Starting out hand-drafting and print running, Steven has extensive knowledge of the business and the project management needs of clients. He has 25 years of hands-on documentation experience and has executed hundreds of new and remodeled residential and small commercial projects. Steven has lived in the area his entire life and when he’s not working, he enjoys remodeling, wood-working, watching and playing various sports.
Brandon Hartwick, Associate AIA
CAD Operator | Email
Brandon is a CAD Operator with the firm. He is also an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit. Brandon is responsible for the computer drafting of schematic designs and generating full sets of construction drawings. He also maintains and runs the social media aspect of the firm and produces 3-D models of projects. He graduated magna cum laude in 2013 with his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. He is currently studying for his Masters of Architecture degree from Lawrence Tech. Upon attaining his master’s degree (expected in 2015), Brandon plans to become a licensed architect in the state of Michigan. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and playing golf, tennis, and football.
CAD Operator | Email
Ehren is our newest addition to the team as a CAD operator. He graduated with Cum Laude honors from Lawrence Technological University in the summer of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, and an Associate’s degree in Construction Technology Engineering. His professional background includes work as a carpenter and extensive experience with 3D modeling in different realms of architecture. Ehren plans on returning to school in order to obtain his Masters of Architecture degree and ultimately obtaining his Architectural license after spending a few years in the profession as a draftsman. He enjoys spending his free time traveling the globe, designing and building furniture, and exploring all that the beautiful city of Detroit has to offer by foot or bicycle.
CAD Operator | Email
With the firm, Lily is a CAD Operator and is responsible for computer and hand drafting. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University after studying architecture at Oakland Community College. Lily plans to work towards a Master of Architecture degree and become a licensed architect. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, camping, and spending time with her friends and family.
Office Manager | Email
Sandi has been Office Manager for CBI Design Professionals since September 2010. She is responsible for team coordination and billing. Office management has been a part of her life for over 10 years. Sandi especially enjoys watching clients’ dreams turn into reality with homes that are simply amazing. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls.
Assistant to the President | Email
Joy previously worked for CBI Design Professionals from 2005-2010 as the office manager and is excited to rejoin our team as an Assistant to the President. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and 12 years of extensive accounting/administrative experience. She has worked in the service and manufacturing industries assisting in: company acquisitions, performing day-to-day accounting and inventory operations, providing financial planning and project management support. While not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is actively involved in her church.
Architectural Positions | Email
We are always looking for additional people for our team. If you have past experience in detailing architectural interiors and/or if you're interested in being involved in high quality custom residences, large renovations, and smaller scale commercial renovations, then send us your resume. A bachelor's degree in architecture or comparable experience is strongly preferred.