the clark difference

building strong foundations

established in 2005

our story

Founded in 2005 by Jacob Clark, Clark Design Build has been recognized in Southeast Wisconsin and nationally for our award winning homes.  Starting out as an Architectural Firm, Clark Design Build stands above the competition for the quality of our home designs.  We take an architectural approach to all our home designs to ensure that every home we build is aesthetically pleasing, meets the lifestyle needs of our client and functions as a quality home for generations.  In 2009, Clark Design Build transitioned into a Design + Build Firm.  We found this to be a benefit to our clients because we can assure them that the quality of the design we came up with is now reflected in the construction of their home.  At Clark Design Build, we build every one of our client’s homes as if we were building them for ourselves.  As a client of Clark Design Build, you can move into your new dream home knowing that no detail was overlooked. 

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why clark

As one of Wisconsin’s premier home builders and remodelers, Clark Design Build is recognized as one of the best modern home builders in the United States. We are focused on home designs for modern day living.  Clark Design Build is a State Registered Dwelling Contractor and Architectural based design + build firm capable of building or remodeling any style home that meets your family’s modern lifestyle.  We pride ourselves on being a small boutique building company with our main focus of creating strong relationships with our clients.  It is about the relationships we create with our clients and the quality of homes we build for them rather than the number of homes we build and our clients being quota we must meet.  Our number one goal is to make the building experience as easy and as enjoyable as possible so that when you move into your new or remodeled home, you can say you would recommend Clark Design Build to anyone.   

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jacob clark

At a young age I was inspired by my great grandfather who was a builder during the Great Depression. His hard work led him to owning one of the largest independently owned oil and refining companies in the country.  Growing up with his inspiration and working for my family’s road construction company, I found that building was in my blood and it was a passion of mine.  As a teenager, I loved building tree houses in the back yard and doing other small building projects.  I loved working with my hands and using power tools.  The one thing I learned about doing these projects at a young age is that you needed a good plan to execute the project successfully. 

After high school, I attended the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee, School of Architecture where I received my bachelor’s degree in architecture.  I studied under Neil Frankel, FAIA, a well-known architect from Chicago for his interior design work.   I learned from Neil the importance of interior design with a well thought out floor plan and how that impacts the users experience within that

space.  After I finished my undergraduate work, I attended the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, CA where I received my master’s degree in architecture, magna cum laude.  This was a milestone point in my education because one of the requirements of the University was that we apprentice with an architecture firm during the day and attend classes and lectures in the afternoon and evenings.  I studied under John P. Eberhart, FAIA, a distinguished architect and professor who worked for several notable universities and corporations.  John developed the first curriculum studying neuroscience and architecture for universities across the country.  I was honored to be chosen to be a part of this project, a yearlong research study project.  Working under John, I learned how the human brain is developed and influenced by architectural elements.  This includes young children growing up as well as the elderly and people with disabilities and how they live within their surroundings. 

During graduate school I apprenticed for two architects in La Jolla, CA who worked on modern luxury homes throughout Southern California.  This is where I found my passion for designing and building quality homes.  While working in La Jolla, I had the opportunity of meeting Jonathan Segal, FAIA, a well-known Southern California architect.  While eventually living in one of Johnathan’s projects in San Diego, Jonathan inspired my personal style of modern architecture.

In 2004, I made the decision to make the move back to my home town of Milwaukee.  I wanted to bring with me what I learned on the West Coast.  I started my career working for a few local home builders/remodeling companies such as the Winters Group, E. Miller & Associates and Sazama Design Build as a sales designer.  After four years of building these companies up with great portfolios of work, in 2009 I decided to take Clark Design Build into the home building market.  After working for these home builders and remodelers I gained valuable experience with the design/build industry.  I learned what home owners liked and did not like about these companies and the overall home building process.  I developed a business plan and a clear vision of a building process that home owners were looking for.  Please click on the Design + Build tab to learn more about this process.