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AIA Flint Honor Awards Winner

Last month our local AIA section hosted AIA Flint Design Awards where our firm won 2 awards! Best Interior Architecture – AIA MI Offices in Detroit, and Best Sustainable Architecture Project – Satori House in Manistique, MI. We all had a wonderful time celebrating in downtown Flint and couldn’t ask for a better group of architects to compete against than our own AIA Flint group! Congrats to all the winners!


AIA National Conference on Architecture

Last month, 4 of our local AIA Flint members, including 3 from Sedgewick + Ferweda Architects, went to the AIA National Architecture Convention in NYC #AIA18. We spent our time volunteering, learning and exploring the big, beautiful city! We learned a lot about what other firms around the country are doing, the direction of the profession of architecture, and how we can continue to grow as local architects and community members. We are looking forward to next year in Las Vegas!

Celebrating 60 Years of Architecture

Sedgewick + Ferweda Architects was founded in 1958 by Thomas Sedgewick Sr. as Sedgewick & Associates. We became Sedgewick and Sellers soon after that, and Waterstreet Design in 1976. In 2001, our current principal, Jeffrey Ferweda, became a partner in Thomas Sedgewick’s design firm and it was renamed Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects.

This year, our 60th anniversary as a Flint-based architecture firm, we decided it was time to rebrand ourselves. Not only are we updating the look of the firm with a new logo and marketing material, we are focusing our efforts in the office to be as efficient as possible. We have learned countless things over these past 60 years and plan to keep growing and learning. We have been organizing and eliminating waste in an effort to modernize and become more efficient and sustainable as a firm; we take on this same sustainable language in our designs.

As architects, our firm is prepared to take on the challenges of this ever-changing world. We are looking to the future of design with bright eyes and passion to continue to give the best to our clients, both new and old, over the next 60 years

Pictures through the years: Monroe Tourist Information Center 1963, University of Michigan Flint Theater 1971, Atwood Stadium Locker Room 1978, Solar Residence 1980

Monroe Tourist Information Center 1963

University of Michigan Flint Theater 1971

University of Michigan Flint Theater 1971

Atwood Stadium Locker Room 1978

Solar Residence 1980

Flint’s University Corridor

The University Ave. Corridor Coalition just celebrated its 5th anniversary. Take a look at this short video on Flint’s University Corridor. Lots of exciting things happening and more to come.

For more Information go to their Facebook Page

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church Remodel


In 2017, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church out of Frankenmuth, MI will be celebrating their 50th anniversary as a parish! What better way to celebrate than remodeling the older parts of the building? Sedgewick and Ferweda Architects have taken on the project to remodel the 40-year-old social hall, featured on the cover of the newsletter, and 25-year-old classroom wings of the existing building. The goal of the project is to provide a safe, attractive, up-to-date space for gatherings of parishioners and guests for the purpose of furthering fellowship, education, and service. Social Hall improvements include: replacement of leaking roof, new flooring, energy-efficient windows, kitchen upgrade, and an added fire suppression system (sprinklers). Education Wing improvements include: new carpet, updated lighting, upgrades to meeting room (on newsletter cover) and library, creation of “Atrium” space, and upgrade to the “Bride’s Room”. The project is to begin construction in February, 2017.

AIA Guide to Flint Architecture

Flint Arch Guide #14Spring has arrived in Flint, Michigan! It’s time to go outside and enjoy the beautiful architecture our city has to offer. It’s an easy walk from our office,  Sedgwick & Ferweda Architects, to the city’s most prominent buildings.

One of the best ways we enjoy the nearby architecture is the AIA Guide to Flint Architecture. The guide features thirty of the city’s finest architecture including residential, civic, and commercial. The guide  spans over a century of architecture, late 19th to the early 21st centuries.

The AIA Guide to Flint Architecture gives a brief history and states the architectural significance of the buildings featured. The first page includes a welcome address from the AIA Guide to Flint Architecture Committee Chair:Flint Arch Guide #3

 Welcome to Flint…

Flint is similar to many other northern cities, where a community developed because of its proximity to natural resources. Flint was born around the river, with its shallow crossing and along a trail formed by Native Americans centuries ago. Yet Flint is unique because it has seen several industries come and go throughout its history, and still it survives. First, there was lumbering, then carriage manufacturing and finally, the automobile industry. The city that was the birthplace of General Motors has experienced triumph and tragedy, perhaps as no other city has. But like other cities, Flint’s architecture is a portal to its own unique identity.

Flint Arch Guide #17Our built environment is more than a shelter or convenience. Our buildings become “placemakers” in the human experience of daily life. They can alert us when to turn a corner or identify where we are in the world. Architecture is a powerful force in both our conscience and sub-conscience. It manipulates our senses to excite, inspire, intimidate or comfort and console us. Architecture affects every aspect of our daily life and in doing so, it becomes so much a part of our daily routine that we are oblivious to it.

It is the hope of the AIA Flint that this guide will heighten the awareness of Flint’s built environment for resident and visitor alike. As AIA members and design professionals, we know that design matters and that good design can and will bring about more livable communities for all.

Flint Arch Guide #26Of the 30 buildings featured some of our favorites, within walking distance of our offices, include:

Capitol Theater  I  140 E. Second Street (#3)

Flint City Hall  I  111 S. Saginaw Street (#14)

Halo Burger and Vernors Mural  I  800 S. Saginaw Street (#17)

Paterson House  I  307 E. Third Street (#26)

AIA Guide to Flint Architecture


Fitness By Design

Our firm, Sedgwick & Ferweda Architects, is known for designing buildings that enhance human life— especially healthcare and fitness facilities. We design beautiful and functional facilities that are unique. We enjoy using the latest technology and collaborating with our clients to develop their dream facilities like this fitness facility at the Tank Automotive Command.

The curvilinear fitness facility enhances the workout environment for US Army soldiers at the Detroit Arsenal Army Garrison. Our design approach was to create a striking addition in balance with the existing structure’s proportions and materials. The elegantly curved structure is eye-catching and prominent.

The interior is spacious, accommodating work-out equipment and cross-training machines, plus plenty of personal space for users. The design is oriented around a central concierge desk and media center to keep service men and women motivated and subsequently fit  .

This is a really special facility that we are proud to have designed.



Citizens Bank

A recent survey of our 50+ year old firm’s archives produced this fantastic black and white photo documenting  Citizens Bank  design and built in the 1970s. This photo was taken shortly after construction– notice the telltale 1970s fashions and cars .

Located on Hill Rd, near the intersection of Hill Rd and Fenton Rd, this design showcases several innovations including  pneumatic tube drive-thru and  weathering steel.  It was the first pneumatic tube drive-thru in the Flint area and set a standard for bank design.

The steel and brick design features weathering steel —  new product in the early 1970s. The minimalist design also features a curtain wall, flanking the entire north wall of the building, bringing the lovely ambient light from the northern exposure inside.

The arch opening in the brick wall to the west reveals a private garden. The wall serves two purposes. First, obscured the view of the parking lot sobank managers could enjoy a garden view from their offices. Second, it was the perfect location for bank signage.

This bank building certainly has stood the test of time. Despite ownership by several different bank companies over the years it has stayed true to its design purpose.

East Grand Traverse Bay House

It’s March in Michigan and spring is just around the corner. At Sedgewick and Ferweda Architectss we look forward to the warmer months enjoying the great lakes— especially Grand Traverse Bay .

Stunning views and crystal clear water is the perfect setting for a house on East Grand Traverse Bay. This single family residence, designed by our Michael J. Murphy, offers a lakeside refuge from the owner’s daily routine in southeast Michigan. The house is oriented to take full advantage of the beautiful panoramic views of East Grand Traverse Bay from atop the lakeside wooded bluff. The lake and Mission Point Peninsula are both visible from the front entry, allowing the viewer to take center stage as the house blends into its surroundings.

The compact footprint is designed to the lot size but also allows neighbors adjacent to the residence equal access and unobstructed views of Lake Michigan . With three levels of finished living space, the house can comfortably accommodate the owners and their weekend guests. It is a relaxing, Michigan-style getaway retreat .


Archinect News

Newsmakers: Dispatch from Flint How Architects Can Help, Archinect Sessions 54

Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects’  own, Kurt Neiswender, AIA  talks with Archinect News  about the Flint Water Crisis —  Listen to episode 54 of Archinect Sessions, “Dispatch from Flint” :

The tragedy of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis seems to worsen with every newly uncovered detail. As a man made public health crisis provoked by willful denial and compromised safety standards, the entirely preventable poisoning of Flint’s water supply with lead stands not only as a failure to care for the citizens of one city, but as a dreadful harbinger for the U.S.’s deteriorating infrastructure networks.

Like any concerned citizen, Filnt-based architect Kurt Neiswender sees this as a call to action to help any way he can. Kurt joins us on the podcast this week to discuss how architects might apply their skills to improve such a monstrous situation, and address the real limitations the profession has when it comes to these scenarios.