Our Team

Peter Baldwin
Peter Baldwin Commercial Studio Leader
Peter Baldwin Commercial Studio Leader
President / Principal / AIA / NCARB
Brent R. Dykstra
Brent R. Dykstra Residential Studio Leader
Brent R. Dykstra Residential Studio Leader
Senior Architect / Senior Associate
Sue Soper
Sue Soper Administration Leader
Sue Soper Administration Leader
CPA
Sarah Rowse
Sarah Rowse
Sarah Rowse
Architect
Martin Cervantes
Martin Cervantes
Martin Cervantes
Intern Architect
Dru Chapman Lewis
Dru Chapman Lewis
Dru Chapman Lewis
Architect, AIA, NCARB
Donald A. Cok
Donald A. Cok
Donald A. Cok
Senior Architect / Senior Associate / CSI
Christie Doty
Christie Doty
Christie Doty
Interior Designer / NCIDQ / LEED Green Associate
Ellen Duperon
Ellen Duperon
Ellen Duperon
Interior Designer
Sheri Lynn Helmer
Sheri Lynn Helmer
Sheri Lynn Helmer
Administrative/ Marketing Assistant
Debra Hobson
Debra Hobson
Debra Hobson
Accountant
Richard Jaeger
Richard Jaeger
Richard Jaeger
Senior Architect
Michael Jen
Michael Jen
Michael Jen
Architect
Brenda Lamfers
Brenda Lamfers
Brenda Lamfers
Administrative Assistant
Todd Palmer
Todd Palmer
Todd Palmer
Intern Architect
Michael Paul
Michael Paul
Michael Paul
Intern Architect
Stacy Rorick
Stacy Rorick
Stacy Rorick
Intern Architect
Thomas J. Sinke
Thomas J. Sinke
Thomas J. Sinke
Senior Architect / Senior Associate
Adam J. Westmaas
Adam J. Westmaas
Adam J. Westmaas
Project Manager / Associate
John Whitten
John Whitten
John Whitten
Senior Architect
Travis Williams
Travis Williams
Travis Williams
Intern Architect
Rick Willinger
Rick Willinger
Rick Willinger
Senior Architect / CSI
Nick Van Berlo
Nick Van Berlo
Nick Van Berlo
Intern
Mark Wrona
Mark Wrona
Mark Wrona
Senior Landscape Architect
Nancy K. Zeilstra
Nancy K. Zeilstra
Nancy K. Zeilstra
Administrative Assistant

Beginning

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 architect. 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.

History

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.

2012-2017

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, 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.