architects   designers   planners
Academic Qualifications
Masters of Architecture,
   Cranbrook Academy of Art
Bachelor of Architecture,   
   University of Detroit
Architectural Technology,
   St. Clair College

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

Select Project Experience

Argonaut Building   
Cornerstone Charter Schools
CS Partners
Davenport University
Detroit Medical Center
Detroit Parent Teacher  

Detroit Public Schools
Eastern Oil Company
Huron Academy
Michigan Maritime Academy
Marygrove College
Memorial Health Care
Public School Academies
   of Detroit (PSAD)
Saginaw Co-op Hospitals
Thompson Educational  
   Foundation - 8 Schools
Universal Academy

Francis Resendes, Managing Principal

Francis Resendes is Managing Principal and the Director of Design for Resendes Design Group.  He oversees the design work on all projects from schematic concepts to construction documentation.  His role is to ensure that the development of design is consistent with the owner’s expectations, and integrity remains centered around innovation.  His diverse career includes working on numerous projects of K-12 schools, higher education facilities, healthcare, public libraries, municipal buildings, museums, auditoriums and philanthropic endeavors.  

Davenport University’s new Grand Rapids’ campus is Francis’ largest university project, involving the development of the master plan, design and construction of Phase I’s new campus facility on a 133-acre site.  The W.A. Lettinga campus’ academic building will initially serve 2,000 students and includes “technology driven” classrooms, an information commons area, bookstore, and a fitness center.  In addition, student housing has been provided for 200 residents.

In the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Sinai Educational Campus,  Francis developed the master plan to include the existing Randolph Vocational School, Foreign Language Immersion School, and is Principal in Charge for the 1,000 student Renaissance High School and special education facility for 330 SXI and SMI students.

He was recently given the opportunity to demonstrate his full design intelligence when converting a 1927 Albert Kahn parking garage into an enviable elementary school for the Thompson Educational Foundation.

Francis has been an active supporter of philanthropic projects, connected most significantly to the work of Habitat for Humanity.  He served as architect for the Detroit-area 2005 Jimmy Carter Work Project.

His work exploring the connection between art, design and architecture has been published and exhibited nationally. As a local design representative, Francis led a design team in the University of Michigan 2002 Detroit Design Charrette. Francis has juried on numerous boards; lectured and served as guest design critic for the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Michigan, University of Kansas, Cranbrook Academy of Art, College for Creative Studies, Lawrence Technological University, and the University of Detroit.