What our clients are saying
I have been impressed with AMDG. Sometimes the more I interact with a business, the less impressed I am. It is obvious that you all walk the talk and it is refreshing to see."
Mark Pung, RayMar Homes
I just want to send a quick note telling you what a fabulous job you did on the cottage! There is nothing I could think to change. It really captures who we are and how we live.”
Holland Cottage on Lake Michigan
“AMDG’s ability to communicate with the owner and contractor from the onset of the project has a great impact on how the project progresses during the construction phase through close out. Without great communication skills items/issues could be missed. In today’s market there is no margin for error.”
Senior Project Manager,
My experience with your team’s knowledge, professionalism, responsiveness and complete attention to detail has set AMDG apart from any other firm I have had the opportunity to work with. Not only has your team delivered what you promised, but you have exceeded any and all expectations we may have had for these projects. It is with complete satisfaction that I would recommend the AMDG team to any potential client you may have in the future.”
Alex Smart, Design Supervisor
Grand Rapids Public Schools
“AMDG Architects deliver results as promised. They provide both enthusiasm and creativity to the table and best of all wrap it up in a professional package that generates results.”
Grand Rapids Public Schools
A.M.D.G. delivers. With the highest level of integrity, the ability to listen to and question intently all stakeholders involved in a project. They exceed client expectations with some of the most thoughtful, creative, and innovative design, finally, they stand behind their work and take responsibility for the product and for the client’s ultimate satisfaction. A.M.D.G. helped us to create flexible spaces that will continue to bless our parish and school for many years!
“When it came to an actual design we were all over the place with ideas and input. When we partnered with AMDG to help us with the process of creating a conceptual design we soon realized that we made the right decision. Through their process AMDG took what was in our minds, in the minds of our community, and what we learned from visits to other schools and created something that was beyond our wildest imagination...AMDG helped us learn about ourselves and the future of education, and then turned it into a building!”
Chris Van Slooten
Principal, Rehoboth Christian School
Retina Specialists - Cascade
"We are so pleased with out new office! AMDG helped make our dream a reality. They were receptive to our ideas and vision for the new practice, and they had the knowledge and experience to add value to the design process. They assembled a great team which resulted in a project that went smoothly with no surprises. Our new office is comfortable, efficient, classy and welcoming. Thank you!"
Practice Administrator, Great Lakes Dental Care
In Peter's most recent trip down to Tegucigalpa, Honduras working with the organization AJS (Association for a More Just Society) Jamie Mcintosh shared a reflection on the call to justice for ASJ and beyond. Jamie is a member of the AJS Canada Board- Peter wanted to share this vision with a broader audience so we are posting it here!
Taking on entrenched injustice, abuse, violence, inequity and corruption requires deeper resources of faith, courage, sacrifice, wisdom, discernment, and endurance than most people would ever imagine, and more then any of us possesses on our own. We need the Lord's promise, His presence, and His provision. He gives all of these generously to those who seek fervently and first his kingdom, his justice, and his righteousness. He provides faith through hearing of his Word -- the very Word which spun this planet into orbit, and the very Word who became flesh to dwell among us, that we might behold his glory full of grace and truth. And after the Word became broken bread and poured out wine, he breathed upon us the power of the Holy Spirit, to lead us into all truth, to endue us with power, and to accompany us as we work the works of Him who sent us, while it is yet day.
We are possessed of a vision of a sociedad mas justa. A more just society. Lions laying with lambs. Children uplifted. Women and men protected and free to live lives of god breathed purpose and dignity. Of a Wolterstorff-ian rendition of "full human flourishing" in Honduras.
While ultimate victory is assured in eternal terms, on earth it may not end well for us. We may not meet with temporal success but with delay, denial, even devastation. We are triumphant, but not triumphalistic. Truly we may only be witnesses to injustice and bloodied signs that God is grievously offended by the oppression of His vulnerable poor, and that He remains gravely opposed to the schemes of those that would steal, kill and destroy. We may from time to time by His mercy catch and reflect glimpses of God's glory glimmering off the shards of our frail work, as we herald, beckon and bleed for His kingdom's advance.
Regardless of the outcome, we are called to engage, to love, to serve. In the ancient prophetic articulation through Isaiah, we are compelled to "Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan and plead for the widow." We are those possessed of a vision of another City, one in which the rights of the poor are respected, the faces of the abused are transfigured, the outcast are embraced, the downcast uplifted, and the resplendent dignity of the exploited is vibrantly restored.
We do not do this because of who we are. With the insight of Holy Scripture and the testimony of those who have gone before us, we recognize ourselves as "chiefs of sinners," and if left to our own devices destined to be charlatans and thieves, deserving of severities of justice for our sins yet find ourselves worshiping humbly before the wounded one who's disfigurement and splaying on the cross alone has made full atonement for our sin.
We need to recall Martin Luther King's call to self-purification even daily as well seek to administer a justice of which we ourselves are unworthy. Like Mahatma Gandhi's dictum "Our means must be as pure as the ends we seek." Even more deeply for us, we ourselves must be cleansed daily so we are purified for this work of grace. Honest and authentic humility reminds that we celebrate our status as broken, earthen vessels considered by God's grace faithful to be entrusted with conveying surpassing treasure to a world in desperate need.
We would also do well to glean from the insight of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who while under the torment of his captors in the Soviet Gulag, had the discomforting revelation that "the demarcation line between good and evil doesn't run between men and nations; it runs down the center of every human heart." This should not lead us to despair, for along with the slave ship captain turned abolitionist John Newton, we are as assured of two blazing truths: "That we are great sinners, and that Christ is a great Savior".
Looking forward to the City of God toward which we journey as fellow companions, we are mindful that some of the "great cloud of witnesses" met with astounding triumphs and tremendous advances of justice and peace, while others -- of whom we are told this world is not worthy -- met with persecution, devastation, loss and torture and martyrdom. This calls to mind the great sacrifice of those recently attacked and targeted for their defense of justice and pursuit of a better world (Sr. Dionisio and others more recently). Blessed are they who encountered this persecution in the service of "the least of these," for they have borne these things in the service of Christ himself.
What vision were they serving that would lead them to put their lives on the line? To risk all? Is the vision worthy of so great a sacrifice, service so sublime?
We have a dream -- each one of us envisions it uniquely, but several threads are common in the tapestry of justice. (Share strands of this vision and invite a few others to share their dream for a more just society.)
While it is right to envision and strive for the kingdom's fullness, even taught by our Savior to pray and to labor for the kingdom's advance and the reign of Christ to be realized on Earth as it is in Heaven --not in an age to come alone but even here and now. We do not know whether it is given to us to enter the land of promise, or but to ascend the mountaintop to see the glory in the valleys below, like Moses and Martin Luther King.
At times, our thoughts may echo those of Archbishop Desmond Tutu who lived through so much of the inhumanity of Apartheid, the ravages of HIV/Aids, and the crushing violence and poverty still afflicting his homeland of South Africa when he said: "Sometimes you just want to whisper in God's ear: 'We know you are in charge, but can't you make it a little more obvious?'"
Indeed, we take our place alongside the persistent widow who kept pestering the unjust judge with her just claims. We accompany the prostitute who in Solomon's court pled for her baby's life to be spared even if it meant allowing her adversary to raise the little one. We move from complicity with injustice to become its adversary, even like Moses moving from the privileges of life in the court of Pharaoh to side with the enslaved Hebrew people, crying for their liberation, or as Bartolome de las Casas who went from living off the avails of indigenous slavery through his encomienda in the Island of Hispaniola, to spending three decades of his life contending against it becoming known in the language of the times as "the defender of the Indians".
And we do this mindful that we are "ministers, not Messiahs." In the bright shadow of the martyred Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, we recall that we serve as "prophets of a future not our own."
So let us arise and build this City, knowing that its foundation is ancient, its Cornerstone eternal, and that we in God's loving hands are being fitted together as living stones in its walls within which the vulnerable can find heaven's own shelter, the refugee protection, peace, dignity, embrace, honor and joy.
So we have gathered together to advance this kingdom as servants of the most high, and servants of and alongside those cast low. This is our sacred honor and high privilege. May heaven help us. Solo Deo Gloria.
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We celebrated on a gorgeous day, alongside our friends at Illiana Christian School, as they broke ground on their new campus! We are honored to be a part of this exciting project and look forward to continue working together!
Peter Baldwin, president of AMDG, was recently featured on the Grand Rapids Business Journal! Follow the link to find out what inspired him to become an architect! View Site
We are so excited to welcome Michael Jen back to AMDG! Michael is an AMDG alum, having interned prior and during his high school years. After graduating from high school, Michael went on to study at the University of Michigan to earn his Bachelor’s degree in architecture and later earned his Master’s degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Michael loves buildings, but more importantly, he loves the relationships that buildings facilitate. Whether between the people designing, constructing or living in them, Michael enjoys building relationships through architecture. Outside of the office, Michael loves a good book, sports, and is a bit of a traveler, having been to five continents and worked in buildings and publications in six! Welcome back to AMDG Michael! Go to page
We are excited to introduce a new member to our AMDG family! Richard Jaeger, a native of southern California and graduate of California State University, Long Beach, joins us as a Senior Architect with 20 years of experience in commercial, municipal, higher education, retail and residential architecture. He has a passion to create beautiful and functional architecture to make a positive influence in people's lives. Apart from his strong design and technical skills on the field, Richard also enjoys playing his guitar, recording music and taking on small remodeling projects around his house. We are glad to have you Richard and we look forward to your time at AMDG!
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The focus of our talents and experience is in serving our clients needs and aspirations. This is the fundamental principle in which we ground our practice, a conviction based on decades of professional experience.
- being stewards of your resources
- advocating for your best interests throughout the process
- leveraging and leading creative and collaborative people and processes for you
- understanding and passionately promoting your purpose / mission through good design and good listening.
- delivering what we promise
We understand design not as an end in and of itself but as a tool. To us, design is:
- Design is purposeful – all of our efforts and focus derive from our clients ultimate purpose. Our team formation, process, design efforts, and technical resources are all channeled toward the goal of best serving the client’s objective / mission. We believe the built environment is a powerful tool to strengthen and promote the mission and purpose of our clients.
- Design is relational – our work involves a highly interactive process between all sorts of people. Our work also requires the constant intertwining of the creative and the practical, as well as the animate and the inanimate. The successful creation of built environments requires thoughtful dialogue, careful analysis, creative problem solving, and purposeful planning. Commitment to people and collaboration between people is at the root of all these efforts.
- Design is transformational – we believe that our talents are ultimately best focused in transforming the built environment so that it yields a more rich, fulfilling, prosperous, and vibrant human experience.
AMDG is an acronym for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, which in Latin means, "To the greater glory of God." To fulfill this purpose we glorify God through serving, leading, and guiding others.
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