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firm PRINCIPals 

Eugene C. Hopkins, FAIA

Principal and co-founder of HopkinsBurns Design Studio, Gene is a nationally recognized leader in historic preservation architecture who has received numerous awards for his contribution to architecture, including the prestigious Gold Medal from AIA Michigan in 2003 and the Gold Medal from AIA Detroit in 2006.  Gene has extensive experience in the restoration and rehabilitation of hundreds of structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  His passion is design that creates livable, inspiring and people-oriented places that embody respect for heritage and community values.   Gene is honored to be appointed the Architect of the Michigan State Capital, is past president of the Michigan Architectural Foundation and past president of the American Institute of Architects.

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Tamara E. L. Burns, FAIA, LEED AP

Principal and co-founder of HopkinsBurns Design Studio, Tamara has over 25 years of leadership and management experience providing design services for a variety of structures (new, existing and historic) and project types, including mixed use, commercial, residential, retail, laboratory renovations, world headquarters facilities and community master planning. As Principal, Tamara ensures the delivery of innovative, sensitive, sustainable and timely design solutions which sensitively weave new places into the context of existing communities.  Tamara is past President of AIA Michigan and chairs Ann Arbor’s Design Review Board.


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The team


Greg Jones, AIA

Greg’s expertise in historic architecture is the result of over 25 years of experience in the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and environments. Historic building condition assessments, exterior envelope rehabilitation, traditional building material and systems technologies and integration of contemporary uses and systems into sensitive historic environments are Greg’s specialty.  A hands on practitioner, Greg is as at home working in the field with project staff as he is at his computer in the studio.  Greg is a three term member of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s Board of Directors, and has served on the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission, including two terms as chair.


Steve Adams, Associate AIA

In addition to over 14 years of experience in architecture, working on a diverse portfolio of projects, Steve brings to HopkinsBurns Design Studio an extensive background in Architectural Design, Planning, and 3d Visualization including five years as adjunct faculty for Eastern Michigan University, EMU, teaching how to navigate software used during the design process.   Steve is interested in how Research and Technology can both inform and expand our understanding of each design challenge.  Active in his community, Steve is past president of the Rotary Club of Clinton and serves on the Clinton Township Planning Commission as well as the EMU School of Visual and Built Environments Advisory Committee.


Jessica Green Quijano, Associate AIA

Jess brings to HBDS 10 years of experience in all phases of a broad range of architectural and urban design projects. An enthusiastic advocate for public interest design, Jess is passionate about the challenges and unique opportunities facing urban communities and is interested in the relationship between the built environment and social justice.  She enjoys engaging in collaborative design solutions to address urban conditions such as vacancy and abandonment.  Much of her work aims to reinterpret the everyday environment drawing upon the process of adaptive reuse as a design strategy as well as a means of generating social energy.  As a past Associate Member Director for the AIA Huron Valley Chapter, Jess promoted the positive impact good design has on both the built environment and public health.

Ajae Whittaker, Associate AIA

Ajae is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, having earned her Master of Architecture in 2017.  Her interests are closely aligned with the philosophy and focus of HopkinsBurns Design Studio.  Ajae pursued a career in architecture because she saw it as “an opportunity to think both critically and creatively to impact people’s lives.”   With that in mind, Ajae is interested in both historic preservation and adaptive reuse.  She is interested in “keeping the story of the building legible while allowing it to take on a function that will enable the building to be used and maintained for future generations.”

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Elizabeth Millar Sensoli, Associate AIA

Elizabeth completed the University of Michigan’s dual degree program, earning her Master of Business Administration and Master of Architecture degrees concurrently.  She brings this interdisciplinary background to bear as the business manager for HopkinsBurns Design Studio.  She is also active in her community serving on the Lima Township Planning Commission and the Chelsea District Library Board of Trustees.


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