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

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

Our Clients

Glass as a Design Tool for Creating more People-Oriented Environments

November 18, 2020

While easy to overlook, glass is a powerful design tool that, if used strategically, can have some profound effects on your architecture. Glass gives architects and business owners a means of creating more dynamic and human-centric environments that feel authentic to their brand, while leaving room for growth and innovation. Beyond design and aesthetic though,…[Read More]

Acoustic Considerations for K12 Schools

November 13, 2020

Communication is a predominant component of classroom learning. The ability to recognize spoken word is, unsurprisingly, critical for the cognitive process. But what does that have to do with the design of your school? Studies consistently reveal that student retention and performance rank higher in an academic setting that minimizes background noise and reverberation. Programs…[Read More]

Designing for Mental Health in the Emergency Room

November 9, 2020

Emergency rooms are hectic. As a point of first access for patients, they’re responsible for handling an unbelievably diverse range of illnesses with differing levels of severity. But that’s not to say that there aren’t trends and commonalities. Quite to the contrary; more and more hospitals are seeing the need to tackle behavioral health problems…[Read More]

Advice from CMBA to Design Safer K12 Schools

November 4, 2020

At CMBA, we believe we have a responsibility to create safe K12 designs. Architecture and design have a critical role to play in crafting K12 schools that simultaneously promote engaged learning and student safety. During an age in which stories of bullying, school shootings, and mental health concerns are all too common, this is more…[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