CF Design was founded in 1998 by its principal, Cheryl Fosdick. During its existence, the firm has designed more than 100 new homes and remodels. Most of our work is regional and specific to the Midwest and the Upper Great Lakes, and is rural, suburban, and urban, with our new built work generally tending to reflect a contemporary aesthetic.

The works of the firm range in scope from very small custom furniture pieces and built-ins to family compounds and multiple building projects. We offer a full range of services interior and exterior and have a thorough understanding of materials and best practices, including energy efficient detailing.

We also serve a variety of income levels and will work with you to tailor our services to you design interests. We believe in design for everyone and in its capacity to make life better. We want to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. It’s one of the reasons we donate teaching time in our grade schools- we want kids to bring the passion and desire to design home to everyday discussions.

CF Design has 2 office locations. Our home office is in Duluth, Minnesota. Most of our materials libraries are located in our Duluth office. All appointments are scheduled through our Duluth office. We occupy a storefront space on our beautiful cities main street. We occasionally host art exhibits for local artists in our rather unique office, next to an independent film theater and café. Our ancillary office is located in Bayfield, Wisconsin, in the heart of Lake Superiors Apostle Islands National Lake Shore. It is a small office in a small town serving many second home and primary home owners from the larger Great Lakes region and beyond. Both of our office locations are surrounded by beautiful sites, interesting topography, and scenic waterways.


cheryl fosdick, m.arch / assoc. aia.

Cheryl’s studies in architecture began with a strong background in the scientific process and the ability to work independently. She worked in design firms throughout both my undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and continued this balance of academics and practice as a guest critic and studio instructor as well as a project designer and project manager for Mulfinger & Susanka Architects, later SALA, in both Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota.

Cheryl concentrates on residential new projects and remodeling, with over 100 built and “in progress” works throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Her work is particularly attentive to energy and spatial efficiency, as well as material clarity, simplicity and sympathy with the building site and context. Prior to her current practice, she was co-principal and owner of Salmela Fosdick, Ltd. Her firm’s work was based in a strong sense of regionalism. Their second project for the State of Minnesota was the Gooseberry Falls Visitor Center, completed in 1996, with two additions using the guidance of their work completed in 1999 and 2001.  That project, along with many others in her portfolio,  recalled formal historic precedent and modern sensibilities, and incorporated extensive use of recycled and indigenous materials in an open and functional plan.  The project won a Minnesota Honor Award in 1997. Cheryl has been awarded 2 other AIAMN Honor Awards.

University of Colorado / University of Minnesota / Biochemistry    1976-1981
University of Minnesota / Environmental Design (B.E.D)    1983-1985
University of Minnesota / Masters of Architecture (M.ARCH)    1985-1988

Mulfinger & Susanka Architects / SALA    1982-1991
University of Minnesota CALA p/t advisor/ instructor    1985-2006
Salmela Fosdick Ltd.    1991-1994
CF Design ltd.    1994-present

Additional background and References available upon request.


jake kieper, AIA, RA

Jake has five years of professional experience in project support, design, and managerial roles applying to residential, commercial, educational, and civic projects. These projects range in scale from large civic developments to small interior build-outs & renovations. Recently, the majority of his projects have been in the custom residential sector and his project involvement has included work at every phase from conceptual design to working drawings and construction administration. Jake is a licensed architect in Minnesota.

Jake is inspired by the strong regional aesthetic of the architectural vernacular of the Minnesota Northwood’s and his design sense is motivated by the harsh, unpredictable climate. In his free time, you can find him hiking the myriad trails of Duluth or at his favorite craft beer venue.

Jake is passionate about and very involved in his community. Whether by volunteering at numerous community events, mentoring students, or building houses for people in need, he is always working to give back. Jake is currently a member of the American Institute of Architects and is the past chair of Fuse Duluth, the Duluth Chamber of Commerce young professionals association.

North Dakota State University/ Master of Architecture    2008-2012

JLG Architects    2012-2013
CF Design ltd.    2013-present


jeremy jones, m.arch, assoc. aia

Jeremy is passionate about design. This passion has led to several accolades during his design education, including becoming a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society and being awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal for leadership, service, and merit during his graduate program. Jeremy’s diverse background, which includes construction experience, has allowed him to be involved in several projects at various stages of design during his brief time at CF Design. This experience includes schematic design, design development, construction documentation, code research, and project coordination.

Red Rocks Community College
Carpentry-General Studies    2008-2009
University of Colorado, Boulder
Bachelor of Environmental Design    2009-2012
University of Colorado, Denver
Master of Architecture    2013-2014

U.S. Army    2002-2007
U.S. Army National Guard    2007-2011
CF Design ltd.    2014-present