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Arnie Bunkley, AIA

AB2 Architecture is a small practice located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, located along I-94 in southwest Michigan, exactly half way between Detroit and Chicago. For more than eighteen years I co-owned a 10-person architectural firm, specializing in custom residential and commercial projects. The result of that experience is a thorough understanding of what it takes to provide strongly professional, yet highly personal, services for my clients. I learned how to compete with larger firms by staying in the forefront of technology, and have brought that with me to AB2 Architecture, which I established in 2003. My name is Arnie Bunkley, AIA, owner of AB2. I have been a licensed architect in Michigan for over 40 years. The “AIA” stands for the American Institute of Architects, of which I am a member in good standing. My practice is centered on places in which we live, most often meaning single family homes. With many years of design and construction experience plus a working knowledge of the latest in 3D design software, I can create a home that you will be able to "walk around", understand, and appreciate, long before the bulldozer arrives. Feel free to reach out to me, we would love to hear from you!

Client Testimonials

I have worked with Arnie on many projects over the past 25 years. They range from a million dollar remodel of a 100 year old Lake Michigan cottage, the design of a 4000 sq. foot car/entertainment building that looks like a 50’s era gas station complete with gas pumps, the remodel of a urban loft, a remodel of a executive residential home with wine cellar, and the remodel and expansion of a commercial office building. Arnie brings creative energy, unique designs and collaborative teams to make my vision a reality. That reminds me, I need to get Arnie started on a expansion of my corporate headquarters.Read More

Arnie understood our vision and brought our ideas to fruition. His expertise was instrumental in creating unique architecture with sound engineering - we couldn’t have been happier!Read More

Arnie Bunkley of AB2 Architecture is a very thoughtful and dedicated person to work with. He is honest and listens to what his clients want to accomplish. I would highly recommend him, expecially if you have a more contemporary project.Read More

A friend recommended Arnie Bunkley after I saw how he made the seamless transitions from old to new in her house. Needing to meet future needs in my 36 year-old 2-story house with a step-down family room, I asked Arnie to design living space on one floor. He assessed current functionality with a repurposing exercise, then turned to designing bedroom, bath, closet, laundry and kitchen on the main level and a new garage/studio workspace at ground level. Throughout, Arnie was always willing to listen, open to input and had creative suggestions for implementing ideas within budget. Although the front of the house looks much as it did, I am delighted with the unfolding of the new interior, with high ceilings full of light and space. Working the design around existing gardens, trees and fishpond, and the realities of well and septic tank, the back terrace and covered porch invite lingering to enjoy the garden at any time of day. Arnie made nooks and crannies work, made good budgetary suggestions and turned my list of spaces and uses into thoughtful 2D plans followed by 3D reality. He was helpful in the selection of the right builder and kept in contact with me and the builder throughout the construction process. I would certainly recommend this architect, and should I ever be so crazy as to do another project, would hire him again.Read More

My wife and I hired AB2 Architecture to design several updates for our home in Kalamazoo. We were delighted with the designs, professionalism, creativity and workmanship of every step of the process. He worked diligently to solve several major difficulties with house and found significant ways to bring needed resources and tchnology to bear. The projects included a major deck/patio redesign, lighting for our living room and major kitchen redesign. The renovations took place over a period of years and the fact that we never hesitated to return as a customer is testament to the quality of the work he did for us. We recommend AB2 Architecture without reservation.Read More

Ab2 Architecture has completed with us a wide range of projects, from new and remodeled residential to commercial and historical restoration. Working with Arnie has been rewarding, due to his attention to detail, which enhances his design and cost control. Arnie has achieved exceptional communication and professional skills that both the client and other professionals will benefit from. He brings honest integrity that helps make the project a rewarding experience. I would highly recommend Arnie Bunkley of AB2 Architecture without any reservations.Read More

I've had the pleasure of working with Arnie Bunkley on several projects. Arnie's design abilities, and his knowledge of detailing are superior. His professionalism and ability to interact with his clients and the project team, as will as his attention to every detail is impeccable. I would highly recommend ab2 Architecture for any project you may be considering.Read More

Over the past twenty years we have collaborated on a number of projects with Arnie Bunkley. Very much a team player, Arnie is always a pleasure to work with. His thoughtful and thorough approach has always resulted in successful projects. He is professional, available, and responsive to both the client and builder. I have no reservations in highly recommending AB2 Architecture.Read More

Our experience in working with Arnold Bunkley exceeded our expectations. The project was to design our new lake home in SW Michigan. He was a great listener as we discussed our needs and wants. It was clear from the start that Arnold Bunkley has a passion for residential design and genuinely cares about his clients. He asked probing questions to fully explore our thoughts and was attentive to our budget. His creative design elements came together to create a home living experience that we absolutely love, and reflects our lifestyle. He followed the project from design to the day we moved in. He is an outstanding communicator and was detailed in his explanations to both us as clients and other professionals that were brought into the project. I most strongly recommend Arnold Bunkley without any reservations. Bottom line, this was a very satisfying experience that was made to appear simple by a professional that has a passion for his work!Read More

We hired AB2 ten years ago to tell us what we could do with the very unusual house we purchased. Several other architects suggested we tear it down and start anew. Arnie Bunkley, however, came up with the most remarkable plan that incorporated every one of our specified needs into the existing structure (with an addition). Almost without change, we accepted his plan and he supervised every detail of the construction. Ten years down the road, we're just as happy with it as the day we moved in. Visitors ooh and ahh over what he did with our home. We just love it. Since then, he's also designed and seen us through re-construction of a commercial building we purchased for our office. It, too, has been perfect for our needs and much admired by our clients. He knows the importance of a budget and finds the best ways to stretch funds. AB2 knows design, how to get things built efficiently and can build to a budget. You can't ask for more.Read More


Past Design Merit Award Winner, American Institute of Architects, SW Michigan Chapter

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