During his 25-year tenure with SmithGroupJJR, Carl has guided many of our most notable projects. Among them are Visteon Corporation's world headquarters, a organizationally transformational project. He continues to practice as a programmer and strategic planner for diverse client types, including Plante Moran and the Detroit Athletic Club. Today, as president and CEO, Carl guides the firm and is responsible for its overall strategic direction and marketing. His professional acumen has been recognized by the national media-he is often quoted in Wall Street Journal, Architectural Record and others—and by the American Institute of Architects Michigan which awarded him the AIA's highest honor, the Gold Medal Award. Even more telling than the accolades may be the legacy Carl is building. "I think we will be known as a firm of warm, caring, fun and highly professional individuals who constantly strive to make this world a better place," he suggests.
Gold Medal Award, American Institute of Architects—Michigan Chapter (2006); Gold Medal Award, American Institute of Architects—Detroit Chapter (1999); American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows (1998); Young Architect of the Year, American Institute of Architects—Michigan Chapter (1992); Young Architect of the Year, American Institute of Architects—Detroit Chapter (1986)
American Institute of Architects, Fellow (FAIA), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Carl currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Architectural Foundation and the Southeast Michigan YMCA. Throughout his career, he has held numerous leadership positions within the American Institute of Architects, at both the national and chapter levels, and has served as president of both AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit. For the national organization, Carl served on AIA's Board of Directors, Documents Committee, Committee on the Environment, and as national chair of the PIA.
Equally as active with his community as he is with the profession, Carl has served on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Detroit Partnership, including its executive committee. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Music Hall, has been an active contributor to the Building Committee of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, and the Royal Oak Historic District Committee. He was a founding Board member of The University of Michigan College of Architecture Alumni Board of Governors, and served as its president in 1992.