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Black Raven Architects was founded in 2017. Our professional experience is founded upon historic preservation and renovations, including coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and local governments.
 

 

We specialize in design services for building renovations and the redevelopment of outdated structures. We also design new buildings ranging from custom homes to cannabis facilities. Our projects are located throughout Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio. 

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EXPERTISE
  • HISTORIC PRESERVATION
  • PRE-DESIGN FEASIBILITY STUDIES
  • INTERIOR DESIGN
  • CANNABIS DISPENSARIES & PRODUCTION FACILITIES
  • FEDERAL HISTORIC TAX CREDITS
  • REDEVELOPMENT MASTER PLANNING
  • MEDC FACADE IMPROVEMENT & RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION GRANTS
  • SINGLE & MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING
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THE TEAM

Brenda Rigdon
BRENDA RIGDON

Principal

Ms. Rigdon has twenty years of experience as an Architect, primarily in historic preservation and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Her work involves field documentation, research, design, and preparation of construction documents and specifications.

Ms. Rigdon enjoys projects with the complexity of fitting new uses into existing spaces, coordinating changes to structural, mechanical, electrical, and data systems, and helping owners navigate the design, permitting, and construction process.

AMANDA CLIPPER

Senior Interior Designer

Ms. Clipper has professional work experience in both commercial and residential projects. Her passion is to help businesses succeed through a well-designed space. She embraces each project to design a functional, safe, and attractive environment. 

Ms. Clipper is a NCIDQ certified interior designer.

Amanda Clipper
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LEAH & LEO

Feline Design & Product Research Intern

CHRISTINE DARRAGH

Architectural Designer

Christine Darragh is an architectural designer with a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan. Her multidisciplinary professional experience includes marketing and communication and hand bookbinding.

 

Christine enjoys the collaboration process with clients—listening, asking questions and facilitating design goals.

JOHNNY COLE

Architectural Designer

As a young child, Johnny fell in love with building and architecture, crafting elaborate projects from Legos. Today, as a designer working for Black Raven Architects, Johnny appreciates the opportunity to create beautiful spaces and structures that reflect the needs of customers. “I love old buildings and the character of small towns. I appreciate the chance to work on projects that adapt and re-use older buildings for contemporary purposes.”

In his free time, Johnny loves to bike through and around Adrian, even sometimes escaping the streets to. Recently, he designed and built a lightweight, bike-pulled camping trailer, and is working with the Launch Lenawee program in order to develop this idea into a business.

In addition to working in architecture, Johnny loves working with his hands to craft beautiful objects. He recently completed a yearlong certificate program with the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute in furniture making.

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