Hidden In Plain Site - Episode Five- "Detroit Adjacent" - Kendal Bowman


Architect Kendal Bowman


Kendal Bowman is a licensed Architect in Illinois and Michigan with 14+ years of experience in the profession of design. He is currently the Principal of Arcos Studio, LLC [Arcos] along with a Project Architect at TMP Architecture, INC [TMP] doing incremental development and Educational Architecture respectively. Over the years, he has garnered experience in a myriad of Architectural sectors allowing for his portfolio of work to extend from historic renovation and preservation of existing buildings in Detroit to Airport Additions in Abu Dhabi. At every juncture, Kendal has quickly and effectively learned the intricacies of each sector to become an indispensable part of a team.

As Principal of Arcos Studio, Kendal has returned to his hometown - Pontiac, Michigan - to work through the development of the city with the mantra ‘Access + Equity By Design. He is focusing on affordably renovating single and multi-family homes while producing developments at a smaller scale for the community. He is actively involved with community-based programs and independently working with individuals looking to further their experience in the Architecture and Design field.

His position at TMP as a Project Architect has afforded him the opportunity to work on educational architecture in urban landscapes with the hopes of providing a much-needed voice to the design process.

From a community lens, he is President-elect for the Detroit Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects looking to build on the success of his predecessors and leave his mark on the chapter where he can.

6 Favorite Projects (no particular order):

  1. Abu Dhabi Airport Addition - UAE - https://www.ghafari.com/projects/abu-dhabi-terminal-1-3-improvements
  2. Capitol Park Renovation (1212 Griswold, 1145 Griswold, 1249 Griswold) – Detroit https://www.miplace.org/4a735d/globalassets/documents/project-profile-pdfs/griswold_lofts.pdf
  3. David Whitney Building – Detroit https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2022/05/25/david-whitney-building-undergo-renovation-add-hotel-rooms/9931380002/
  4. Record Copy Services - Chicago
  5. AMMROC MRO - Al Ain, UAE
  6. 6. Osi Apartments – Detroit https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/10/15/osi-art-affordable-housing-detroit-woodbridge/3654761001/


Show Topic Links:

History of Pontiac Michigan

Pontiac Commercial Historic District

University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

NOMA Detroit

TMP Architecture