CBH Architects

Located in historic downtown South Orange, CBH Architects was founded in 2009 as Barnett Design Build, a home improvement construction company. In 2011, we began offering architectural services. By 2013, as our design projects increased, we hung up our tool belts to focus exclusively on residential architecture. With the addition of Sean Hilgeman and the promotion of Mike Cuttitta, we became CBH Architects in 2016.


Mike Cuttitta, 

Partner/Lead Designer

Mike is a graduate of the College of Architecture and Design at NJIT, with a BS in Architecture and minor in History, He was an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar and part of Albert Dorman Honors College. His has a passion for historic residential architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. With CBH Architects since 2013, Mike became Partner and Lead Designer in 2015. Mike has serve on Branchburg, Nj's Board of Adjustment since 2016 and on the Historic Preservation Commission since 2018. 

Black & white business portrait of partner Michael Cuttitta wearing dark jacket and shirt and grey tie; he has a mustache beard and short dark hair; plain background.

Bob Barnett,  AIA, licensed in NJ & NY 

Founder & President

An Arkansas native and graduate of Rhodes College Washington Univ. School of Architecture (M.Arch)  and Columbia Business School (MBA), Bob had a 15 year marketing career at American Express, Tractor Supply Company and Dun & Bradstreet After renovating two houses in West and South Orange, he founded CBH Architects starting as a Home Improvement Contractor. Bob lives between South Orange, NJ and Brasília, Brazil. His passions include gardening and choral singing having sung at Carnegie Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Sagrada Famila.

Black & white portrait of partner Bob Barnett. Bob is blond with scruffy facial hair wearing dark shirt against background of Manhattan skyline print.

Sean HilgemanAIA, licensed in NJ & NY 
Associate Partner
Sean received his B.S. from University of Massachusetts Boston and  his Master of Architecture degree from The University of Washington in Seattle. His broad career stretches from residential and commercial work across 5 states as well as charitable projects in Liberia where he served as consulting architect. A member of American Mensa, Sean join CBH Architects in 2016, and is the Philadelphia Architectural Representative at ModernfoldStyles, Inc.

Black/white portrait of partner Sean Hilgeman. Sean is writing on and looking at a drawing on the wall. Sean is wearing a striped shirt, sleeves rolled up; he has dark short hair and a mustache/beard.



Dusan Gajic
Senior Associate

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Dusan earned his Engineer of Architecture degree from University of Belgrade. He worked at AMB Group for over 10 years as associate for design-technology working on domestic and international projects. Dusan has worked with CBH Architects since 2014 and drives architectural production for the majority of projects.

Black & white portrait of associate Dusan Gajic. Dusan has short dark hair and is wearing a medium toned shirt and tie against a dark background.
Damon Johnson,  P.E.

Structural Engineer
President, DRJ Engineering Consultants

A NJ native, Damon attended Delaware State University in Dover then Rutgers in Piscataway earning a BS in Civil Engineering.  He worked at Frazier Industrial Co., then Hanington Engineering where he earned his engineering license.  In 2010 he formed DRJ Engineering Consultants and has worked with CBH Architects since 2012 as their primary structural engineer.

Black&white portrait of engineer Damon Johnson; Dmon has a mustache/beard and wears a dark patterned shirt against a background of bookshelves.
CBH Architects - Scrapbook
Three men pose in front in an auditorium at the UN; man on left with white shirt, man in center with colorful African patterns shirt, man on left with grey pants and tie and pink shirt.

Rebuild Africa at the United Nations with Raymond Weah, Bill Massaquio and Sean.

Mike left smiling and Bob far right; between them is man and wife smiling; all are in CBH Architect office.
Bob and neice madison pose in front of a tent/display with the CBH Architects sign at their feet. Both are wearing bright green shirts with CBH Architects logo.

Bob & his niece, Madison, at the firm's Maplewoodstock tent.

George on right holds CBH Architects yard sign; george in a pink shirt. Background is South Orange's Village Hall.

Surprise visit from the grandson of the original owner of the home that would become the CBH Architect Offices.

Bob left, Michelle center and young son Jack right reaching over a table to discuss architectural drawings in former CBH Architect office.

One of my most demanding clients here with his mom, Michelle in the old office space.

Rick left and Mike right standing on a job site with open wall studs behind them; they are in discussion.

Mike and Rick Cosgrove of Sterling Ridge construction discussing framing of this master suite in West Orange.

Bob left in white shirt, Nureed center in black sweater and Mike right in patterned shirt and dark vest seated in audience of a presentation.

Bob & Mike with Nureed of NuInteriors getting inspired at the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Mike left, Sean center and Bob right in front of a van with the CBH Architects logo.

Mike, Sean & Bob about to take the new CBH interiors van out for a spin in front of our offices in downtown South Orange

South Orange, NJ       973-735-3027       homedesign@cbharchitects.com