Welcome to Curtis Architecture & Design P.C.

Curtis Architecture has a long history of working with clients who have never used an architect before.  In fact, most of our clients are new to the design – build process and starting their first construction project.  We take pride in listening to your needs, while delivering an design and building experience that is as stress free as possible.  Our approach is helpful, instructional, hands on and informative. We address construction costs, design ideas and function early and often.  More than one design scheme may be explored. We will design 3D color renderings which make communicating your design smooth and easy to follow. You will see your design and the process will be understandable.

We are an Iowa based architectural firm that specializes in design, construction drawings and overseeing construction projects with fine detail. We typically practice a design-bid-build process.  This allows you the opportunity to have your project competitively bid out to more than one general contractor, securing the best price possible.  If you have a general contractor you want to build your project, we have the knowledge and ability to verify and analyze a subcontractor’s pricing to achieve the best price for you.  As your architect and advocate, we provide you professional representation throughout the project keeping your best interests in mind.  We pride ourselves on having a good set of detailed construction drawings.  This will eliminate misinterpretations and reduce questions during construction, resulting in an efficient project with less overall cost and stress.  We all know change orders are priced at a high rate.  This is how we save you money and if you look at your design this way, design services are free.

Architectural services do not have to be expensive.  In fact the first meeting to discuss your project will not cost you anything when we meet at our office to go over your wants and needs.  As architects we will look at your project as a third party adviser, apart from the contractor or your personal experience.  We can then recommend a direction for you to go, without bias or attempting to secure a future job.  Our sales atmosphere and philosophy is pressure free.  We are primarily interested in building a trustworthy relationship that will last for years to follow. We want you to have a great experience with Curtis Architecture regardless if we do a project together or not.



Corning High School; 1985, Diploma – College Preparatory

Iowa State University; 1991, Bachelor of Architecture (5 year professional degree)

4 Months at University of Bath, England / 2 months touring Europe 1989


Curtis Architecture & Design P.C. 2000 – present

Oskaloosa, Iowa  –  President / Owner / Architect

The Built Environment 1996-2000

Grinnell, Iowa  –  Vice President / Architect

DCM Group Design Build Company 1995-1996

Des Moines, Iowa  –  Designer/ Construction Manager

VOV Architecture + Design PC 1990-1995

Des Moines, Iowa  –  Intern Architect


State of Iowa


IMAGE Award- Awarded by the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce Image and Beautification Committee – 2013

Main Street Iowa – Over $15,000 Façade Improvement Project – 2010

State of Iowa Governor’s Award – Nominated by State Main Street – 2009

Main Street Iowa – Best Adaptive Re-Use of a Building – 2003

Oskaloosa Main Street Iowa – Volunteer of the Year – 2002

Oskaloosa Acorn Award for new up & coming Business – 2001

Community Involvement:

Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce – 2010 to 2014

Ottumwa Main Street – 2010 to 2011

Oskaloosa Main Street – 2000 to 2010 (past president)

Oskaloosa National Historic Preservation Board – 2001 to 2010

Oskaloosa Chamber of Commerce Board  2001 to 2004, 2007 to 2010


Associates :

Tyler Baumgarten – Intern Architect


Knoxville High School; 2005, Honors Diploma

Iowa State University; December 2010, B. Architecture and Environmental Studies

Iowa State University Rome Program; Spring 2010

Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin; Summer 2010


Curtis Architecture & Design P.C.  2011 – present

Ottumwa, Iowa  –  Intern Architect

Baumgarten Construction 2001 – 2011

Knoxville, Iowa – Remodeling/New home construction





Joe Baumgarten – Architectural Draftsman


Knoxville High School; 2001


Curtis Architecture & Design P.C.  2011 – present

Ottumwa, Iowa  –  Architectural Draftsman

Baumgarten Construction 1999 – 2011

Knoxville, Iowa – Drafting/Construction/Product Research






Amanda McBirnie – Interior Design Associate


North Mahaska Jr./Sr. High School; 2008

Iowa State University; May 2012, BFA. Interior Design

Iowa State University Rome Program; Fall 2010


Curtis Architecture & Design P.C.  2014-present

Ottumwa, Iowa- Interior Design Associate