Robert “Bob” Hammerschmidt was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Michigan and then served in the Army Corps of Engineers as a Senior Cartographic Draftsman. Bob practice architecture, one of the joys of his life for over 60 years. He worked for Glenn “Red” Beach and Alden B. Dow and Associates. In 1976, he started his own firm and worked through 2012.