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Francis Resendes

Managing Principal




Resendes Design Group LLC is a 3rd generation Detroit architectural firm dedicated to fostering design excellence. RDG boasts a 57 year design legacy; providing expert counseling, management, and design services to education, historic preservation, non-profit, and commercial clientele.   

RDG provides professional architectural design and planning services for new construction, adaptive reuse, renovation, and historic preservation projects.   Additional Services provided include: Campus Planning; Existing Facilities Surveys; Facility Space Needs Analysis; Feasibility Studies; Interior Design; Client Representation; Project Cost Analysis; Site Selection and Evaluation; Tax Credit Applications; Value Analysis and much more. While we have established close relationships with preferred consultants, RDG is open to working with client selected engineers and/or consultants. 

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Francis Resendes

Managing Principal



Honors & Awards



Master of Architecture,

     Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bachelor of Architecture,

     University of Detroit

Architectural Technology,

     St. Clair College



30 years architectural experience and three years as Assistant Professor of Design at the Kansas City Art Institute.


1994 The Presence of Mies
    Princeton Architectural Press, New York
1994 The Making of a Museum in Five Chapters
    Steve Whitacre & Matthew Patulski, coauthors
1994 Architecture Studio
    Cranbrook Academy of Art, Rizzolo New York
1992 On Making,

    Pratt Journal of Architecture, New York 



AIA Detroit Honor Award-Howe Elementary
Design Award-Cranbrook Academy of Art
Design Studio Award-University of Detroit
Faculty Dev. Award-Kansas City Art Institute
Fellowship Award-Kansas City Art Institute
IESNA Illumination Design Award - DU Saginaw

Masonry Design Award - Howe Elementary
CAM - Masonry Design Award-Howe Elementary


Academic Qualifications

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