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Our History


AMDG Architects, Inc. was founded by Calvin Jen in 1992 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Cal’s vision was to own an architectural firm that would foster personal working relationships with everyone involved on a project, hold the highest ethical standards, and produce excellent design. In 1994 Cal moved the firm to his hometown of Grand Rapids. During this time AMDG primarily worked on commercial and residential projects. 



Peter Baldwin, Cal’s former student and long-time friend, joined the firm as a partner in 1997. As the firm grew, Cal and Peter maintained a high level of involvement as principals to insure continuity of vision and service. In February of 2001, AMDG moved from Cal’s home office to a renovated loft suite in downtown Grand Rapids, where the team designed an open office layout to promote collaboration among peers and reinforce the firm's values of excellence, teamwork, and communication.


In 2005 Tom Sinke and Don Cok joined Cal and Peter as shareholders in AMDG Architects—a natural step in the firm’s growth. At the same time, Peter transitioned to the role of president in keeping with AMDG’s long-term strategic plan. After Cal retired from architectural practice in 2007, the firm continued to grow, new team members were added, and deepening client relationships resulted in repeat business and a broader spectrum of projects.


During this period, new technology and tools transformed how we design and work together. AMDG also began evolving a new paradigm of strengths-based leadership and co-teaming. This approach intentionally combined team strengths and passions for better and more collaborative results. For each project, AMDG builds a team around the client’s needs, bringing in consultants from other firms when highly specialized knowledge is needed. Our client-centered commitments to careful listening, precise communication, integrity, and building lasting relationships are the keys to providing you with design solutions that will fit your needs today and well into the future.

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