Our People

Our staff is as diverse as the buildings we design – one of our greatest benefits!

Our team brings a range of ages, interests, backgrounds and creative skills to each project. When we collaborate and work together, amazing things happen!

Our People

Our Process

At CMBA, we have a unique design philosophy called “Upward Thinking.” We begin by providing you with a solid foundation of knowledge and build up from there with innovative ideas and forward-thinking solutions.

Upward Thinking takes every project to the next level…and the next…and the next. Our goal is to reach a level of excellence far beyond your expectations.

Our Process

  • Reiman Gardens
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    Ames, IA
  • Educational Technology Center, Lindquist Center
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    Iowa City, IA
  • Buhler Rohlfs Hall and Krone Advising Center
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    Sioux City, IA
  • LaunchPAD Children's Museum
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    Sioux City, IA
  • Fine Arts Center
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    Spencer, IA
  • Dakota Valley High School
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    North Sioux City, SD
  • Library Learning Commons
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    Iowa City, IA
  • Orange City Area Health System
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    Orange City, IA
  • Sunnybrook Medical Plaza
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    Sioux City, IA
  • Preschool Learning Center
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    Sioux Center, IA
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    Crary Huff Law Firm
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    Sioux City, IA
  • Health & Natural Sciences Building
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    Orange City, IA

Student-Centered Spaces

June 29, 2017

As educators, student outcomes and their learning achievements are the most important indicator of success. Unfortunately, facility design – which has a significant impact on learning – can often be an afterthought. Spaces are now, more than ever, being designed with the students in mind. Flexible furniture and seating options are replacing the traditional sea…[Read More]

The Power of an Image

June 22, 2017

It’s true, a picture can be worth a thousand words, but those “words” can hurt you or help you when it comes to bond referendums and informing your community. At CMBA, we are involved in numerous bond referendums each year. With each one of these elections, we discuss what kinds of images and drawings to…[Read More]

Human Design in Hospitals

June 15, 2017

Hospitals are certainly one of the most complex building types that architects design. Not many other buildings house life and death situations on a daily basis. Yet the technical design issues should not foreshadow the human design issues. People come to hospitals to cherish the beginning of life and deal with the end of life. …[Read More]

5 Hot Tips for Your Food Venue

June 8, 2017

What makes one food venue popular, while another struggles to attract students? 2015 marked the first year consumers spent more dining out than buying groceries.  Certainly college students are part of that trend, whether as part of a family or while in school. Let’s examine five tips to attract students to your food venue. 1….[Read More]

One of the aspects of CMBA that I greatly appreciate is that they clearly understand the significance of having their name associated with a project. Of course that means quality professional design, but it also means service delivery throughout the construction cycle and, most significantly, afterwards.
Martin W. GuthmillerChief Executive OfficerOrange City Area Health System