Mission & Values

Mission

to use our gifts and talents in the service of others

Core Values

we are:

dedicated to excellence
convicted by our mission
built to serve
driven to improve

Our Team

Peter Baldwin
Peter Baldwin President
Peter Baldwin President
President / Principal / AIA / NCARB
Brent Dykstra Residential Studio Leader
Brent Dykstra Residential Studio Leader
Senior Architect
Gina Paul Commercial Studio Leader
Gina Paul Commercial Studio Leader
Senior Architect
Todd Palmer
Todd Palmer Commercial Studio Leader
Todd Palmer Commercial Studio Leader
Senior Architect / AIA / NCARB
Jessica Collette
Jessica Collette VP + Chief Strategy Officer
Jessica Collette VP + Chief Strategy Officer
Chris Bynum Design Services Manager
Chris Bynum Design Services Manager
Erika Ondersma Finance + Administration Manager
Erika Ondersma Finance + Administration Manager
Stacey Woods AMDG staff photo
Stacey WoodsBusiness Development Manager
Stacey WoodsBusiness Development Manager
Josh Bremer
Josh Bremer
Architectural Designer
Donald A. Cok
Donald Cok
Donald Cok
Senior Architect
Christie Doty
Christie Doty
Christie Doty
Senior Interior Designer / NCIDQ / IIDA
Mackenzie Fredrick
Mackenzie Fredrick
Project Coordinator
Nate Gilman
Nate Gilman
Architect
Bill Hladio staff photo
Bill Hladio
Bill Hladio
Senior Project Architect
Abby Howell
Abby Howell
Accounting + Administrative Assistant
Brendan Hutchings
Brendan Hutchings
Architectural Intern
Alex LaCross
Alex LaCross
Project Coordinator
Brenda Lamfers
Brenda Lamfers
Office Manager
Sami Lynes
Sami Lynes
Junior Interior Designer
Abbi Marlatt
Abbi Marlatt
Interior Designer
Irene Missler
Irene Missler
Architectural Designer
Michael Paul
Michael Paul
Michael Paul
Architectural Designer
Mike Potoka
Mike Potoka
Mike Potoka
Technology Manager
Mark Sloan
Mark Sloan
Mark Sloan
Architectural Technician
Ethan Sims
Ethan Sims
Architect
Thomas J. Sinke
Thomas Sinke
Thomas Sinke
Senior Architect
Jack Smith
Jack Smith
Architectural Designer
Jon Thomas
Jon Thomas
Architectural Designer
John Vandercar
John Vandercar
Architectural Designer
Toni Williamson
Toni Williamson
Marketing Specialist
Mark Winters
Mark Winters
Senior Landscape Architect / LLA
Melissa Zaskowski
Melissa Zaskowski
Senior Marketing Specialist

History

AMDG Vintage Photo - The Beginning

To the greater glory of God – A.M.D.G.

AMDG began as a partnership – four architects wrestling with how to bring greater purpose to their practice. At the time, three of them were University of Michigan Architecture School students. Calvin Jen, who founded the firm in 1992, was their professor.

Before having a single client, the four already agreed on a name—an acronym rooted in the Latin phrase Ad majorem Dei gloriam (To the greater glory of God). Not just a name, AMDG was a belief that design should serve more than the designer. By honoring our Creator, design is elevated to its highest potential and becomes more capable of serving people.

Two years after founding the firm, Cal moved AMDG from Ann Arbor to his hometown of Grand Rapids. Peter Baldwin, one of the original four, reunited with his professor, joining in 1997. The two quickly picked up on where they left off, innovating their approach to design and business. One example is encouraging employees to use their talents across multiple roles rather than strictly adhering to one. AMDG also found more engaging ways to involve clients in the design process.

With three distinct studios, and more than two dozen employees, AMDG continues to put client needs first. Spanning residential, education, healthcare, office, sports and fitness, AMDG is today what three students and their professor envisioned years ago: a testament to the glory of God.

AMDG – Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

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.

1992-1997

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.

1997-2002

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 ensure continuity of vision and service.

2002-2007

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.

2007-2012

During this period, new technology and tools transformed how AMDG engaged in the design process and worked 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.

2012-2019

As AMDG increased in size, the firm adopted a “pod” style of teaming, forming 3 smaller teams based on the strengths and experience of each member. Blessed with a growing number of clients, including clients in Chicago, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Mexico, AMDG expanded to the floor above, allowing for greater collaboration with clients and improving the way the team works together. In 2017, AMDG recognized Tom Sinke, Don Cok, and Brent Dykstra as senior associates, while also naming Adam Westmaas as an associate. In 2018, Michael Hofmann was brought on as a senior associate and Todd Palmer was named an associate. In 2019, Gina Paul was named a senior associate and Christie Doty was named an associate.