DAVID ESAU AIA, LEED AP; Principal.
David graduated from Kansas State University in 1985.
His professional career includes two design awards for an addition to a
historic church in Kansas, and over three years working in Washington,
DC with Arthur Cotton Moore/Associates, one of the country's most
widely published design firms. Areas of special expertise include
barrier free and universal design for residential and commercial
In addition to his position with Cornerstone Design,
David helped establish the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living’s ADA
IN ACTION service, where he has performed accessibility evaluations of
over 200 commercial and government facilities. David has served as a
corresponding member of the Accessible Routes subcommittee working on
revisions to the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, and was for four years a
member of the Michigan ADA Steering Committee.
David has been active in the Huron Valley Chapter of
the American Institute of Architects, and in 2002 was named that
organization’s Young Architect of the Year.
David is a LEED Accredited Profession (for green
design), is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a
licensed Architect in Michigan.
RICHARD L. HENES AIA; Founding Principal. Retired effective 12/31/16.
Graduating from the University of Michigan in 1972, Rich's work experience has given him a diverse background unusual for most architects. Besides working for several area Architectural/Engineering firms, he was a member of the City of Ann Arbor Planning Staff and managed construction projects for O'Neal Construction, Inc.
Rich founded Cornerstone Design in 1989 in response to a perceived need of the construction community for a "construction smart" Architect.