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RPS Design is a full service Architectural Design firm working to enhance the built environment in Marin County and the surrounding North Bay area since 2003. Rob Suttman’s holistic approach to design examines all aspects of the project needed to deliver a beautiful and functional product to each client.

The North Bay is rich with unique communities. Each locale has its own character and each neighborhood has its own special charm. A home designed to work well in Mill Valley may not succeed in Fairfax. And the needs of one family will rarely translate to a home designed for another family. At RPS Design we seek design outcomes that are tailored to enhance the specific lives of our clients and that are a positive addition to the communities in which they are built.

Rob’s studies at The Kent State University School of Architecture and Environmental Design afforded him a firm foundation on which to build his architectural skills. Since his graduation in 1994, he has plied his trade in Ohio, Florida, Santa Barbara California and Marin County. In all his life and work in these diverse locations, Rob has sought to absorb the visual and functional texture that makes each place unique. He carries these experiences with him today and draws on this three-dimensional data base to enrich his design vocabulary. Rob is always building on the foundations laid in Kent, Ohio.

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Robert P. Suttman // Principal Designer

Robert Suttman is a 1994 graduate of the Kent State School of Architecture and Environmental Design. He started his architectural career in Youngstown, Ohio working for the award winning design firm of K. Anthony Hayek and Associates. During his time at Hayek Assoc. he was instrumental in the design and construction of several prominent churches in the area as well as police stations, office buildings and residences. His career then took him to Florida where he gained experience in retail and commercial design with Lyman Davidson & Dooley of Tampa. There he managed projects such as Eckerd drug stores, Sears department stores, Office Max stores and covered mall buildings.

When Robert moved to Santa Barbara, California he joined award winning Shubin & Donaldson Architects Inc. where he worked on office buildings for several prominent IT firms in Los Angeles as well as high end residences. He then formed his own design firm designing residences and providing consulting services for a number of local architectural firms. He gained valuable design experience working on projects such as the Brooks Institute of Photography, the Tropicana Inn and many prominent residences and businesses in the Santa Barbara area. Robert’s exposure to the rich design environment in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles greatly influenced his view of architecture. He worked on projects ranging from traditional Spanish Revival residences and buildings to cutting edge post modern projects.

Robert found his way to beautiful Marin County in 2003 where he formed RPS Design. His local design work has ranged from exclusive residences throughout Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties to houses of worship, office buildings and apartment buildings. In all of his endeavors Robert has drawn on his wealth of experience to provide exceptional design services to all of his clients.



Working with RPS Design was a real pleasure. Rob is highly experienced and inventive, as well as being an honest, easy going guy. The 90 year old house we bought last summer was a real mixed bag. We needed to make some serious structural redesigning, but needed to keep the cost down and protect character of the house. Rob's approach to designing our renovation really put us at ease. After assessing our needs, he efficiently took us through the design and permitting process, and he was instrumental in helping us select the right contractor. His design sense is apparent in both his architecture and the furniture design he does on the side. Rob is a creative and generous soul who I can't recommend highly enough.

Louis F - San Geronimo


Working with Rob Suttman was truly a pleasure. Rob is professional, reasonably priced and works quickly and precisely. He is also very helpful with design ideas. Rob worked closely with the Planning Department on our behalf, and is extremely knowledgeable about the planning laws and codes of the Town of San Anselmo which also made the experience easy and pleasant. When we needed to make changes to our plans, or had any questions, he spent a great deal of time with us giving information and new ideas for the changes. We recommend Rob Suttman highly.

Gary D - San Anselmo

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