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 focusing exclusively on residential architecture. With the addition of Sean Hilgeman and the promotion of Mike Cuttitta, we became CBH Architects in 2016.
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. Mike became Partner and Lead Designer in 2015, and in 2016 was selected to be on Branchburg, NJ's Board of Adjustments,
Bob Barnett, AIA & MBA,
Bob grew up on a farm in Arkansas prior to attending Rhodes College then Architecture school at Wash. Univ. in St. Louis. He moved to New York in 1994 to get his MBA at Columbia followed by a 15 year marketing career in financial services. After renovating two houses in West and South Orange, he founded Barnett Design Build as a contractor prior to receiving his NJ architect license. Bob lives between South Orange, NJ and Brasília, Brazil. His passions include historic preservation, gardening and choral singing.
Sean Hilgeman, AIA
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 is licensed in NY, and NJ.
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 since 2014 and drives architectural production for the majority of projects.
Damon Johnson, P.E.
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 since 2012 as their primary structural engineer.
Rebuild Africa at the United Nations with Raymond Weah, Bill Massaquio and Sean.
Bob & his niece, Madison, at the firm's Maplewoodstock tent.
Surprise visit from the grandson of the original owner of the home that would become the CBH Offices.
One of my most demanding clients here with his mom, Michelle in the old office space.
Mike and Rick Cosgrove of Sterling Ridge construction discussing framing of this master suite in West Orange.
Mike, Sean & Bob about to take the new CBH interiors van out for a spin in front of our offices in downtown South Orange