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We design beautiful, functional places by solving architectural challenges with compassion, collaboration, and creativity.


34 years in business

Established in 1989, we continue our passion for architecture & the communities we serve.


Office locations in communities we call “home”.


Individual feasibility studies, renovations, & adaptive reuse projects.

2,000 or 200,000 sf

We are capable of right-sizing our services to the scale of the project & client’s needs.

> 50

Community based award recognition for a variety of project types.


About Us.

Cornerstone Architects has office locations in both Grand Rapids and Traverse City, Michigan and has been providing services to clients throughout the midwestern United States since 1989.

With an extensive and diverse portfolio that ranges in size, scope, and project type, we have the experience to guide our clients through the architectural process successfully. Client service, collaboration, and responsiveness are of utmost priority. Our commitment and passion for what we do shows in our work, but more importantly, in our relationships.




New Construction



Interior Design

Master Planning


Focus Areas.

  • Education

    Due to the increasing number of studies of how individuals learn, the design of learning spaces has changed throughout recent history and has been emphasized by the recent Covid-19 pandemic. We are keeping up with these studies and we work with school administrators, teachers, and communities to design learning spaces that provide an increased opportunity for gaining knowledge for all subject matters and types of learners.

    See selected Education Projects.

  • Corporate Commercial

    The design of corporate spaces is varied among companies and is continually evolving. We work with company leaders, department heads, and employees to develop a strategy that works best for their business model while also keeping in mind flexibility for future expansion.

    See selected Corporate Commercial Projects.

  • Hospitality

    We have been successful in creating hospitality establishments that are distinctive and serviceable. We work with owners to define the exterior and interior atmosphere that is desired and provide an end result that properly represents the concepts and themes.

    See selected Hospitality Projects.

  • Multi-Unit Residential

    With experience on a range of projects within the multi-unit sector, we have had the pleasure of working on: high-end, mid-range, and affordable housing, as well as student housing dormitories, town homes, and duplexes. Our process includes space planning appropriately for the housing model, we recommend the installation of durable, cost-effective materials, fixtures, and appliances and we will select furnishings that make the project more than just a residence. It becomes a home.

    See selected Multi-Unit Housing Projects.

  • Arts & Culture

    Our experience includes creating spaces for small and large performances, art galleries, and church congregations. These range from low tech spaces all the way up to highly technical performance auditoriums where architecture is not the only consideration. Exceptionally detailed acoustics and technology integration are often of utmost importance and must be integrated with the architecture in a seamless manner.

    See selected Arts & Culture Projects.

  • Municipal

    Together with state and local governments, we have worked to provide environments within a broad spectrum of building uses. This includes spaces such as city halls, fire stations, township halls, governmental offices, government-funded health services, community centers, and more. In other sectors, we have also provided our services to public buildings such as libraries, art museums, and children's museums.

    See selected Municipal Projects.

Let’s get started.

We would love to hear more about your project! Get started by emailing us today.


A mutual sharing of ideas and expectations between our clients and our team members leads to successful results. Client service, collaboration, and responsiveness have created a repeat client base that spans over two decades. For this reason, we are passionate about maintaining positive working relationships during the entirety of the project and long after construction has completed.

“Cornerstone has met and exceeded our expectations. Cornerstone provides more than just architectural services; they are truly partners that add value to the process.”

— Interlochen Center for the Arts

“The design of our office has enhanced our productivity and provides us with the space that allows the creativity to flow while maintaining a professional work environment.”

— Lambert Edwards & Associates

“Cornerstone Architects utilizes a ‘diplomatic’ demeanor while working with a

diversity of people, political climates, and [their] projects [have] been of great

benefit to the City of Grand Rapids.”

City of Grand Rapids
Historic Preservation Commission


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