All successful projects must start with proven architect and land planning principles that are incorporated throughout the duration of the design process. The foundation of our firm’s philosophy is to achieve the highest quality result for the client.  Not only do we meet, but we exceed the client’s expectations and goals while consistently implementing good design judgment.  We feel each project should begin with utilizing attested architecture and planning philosophies in innovative ways in concert with our technical abilities to interface seamlessly with engineering requirements.  R. Michael Bell was the founding principal of R. Michael Bell & Associates, Inc. now known as RMBA-Architects.  R. Michael began his adventure with fellow architect Michael Eberspacher who shared his vision of developing an award-winning architectural design firm.  Michael Bell retired in 2013 but the firm continues to serve the community and grow in new and exciting directions.


Michael_Eberspacher_bw-150x150Michael W. Eberspacher, AIA


As a member of the firm since its founding in 1978, Michael has been involved in most aspects of the design, consulting and planning work in which the firm has been engaged since its beginnings. With his experience in a wide range of residential, commercial, and institutional projects, Michael is responsible for overseeing the preparation of construction documents for the firm. His responsibilities also include architectural design, writing project manuals using the firm’s computerized Construction Specification Institute’s specification system, and contract administration during the construction phase of the project.

With his varied experience and background, Michael serves as project architect and project manager for many of the firm’s projects.


  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Graduated with Honors California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo


  • Colorado


  • American Institute of Architects
  • Construction Specification Institute (CSI)
  • International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO)

Tod_Funkhouser_bw-150x150Tod Funkhouser, AIT


An Arizona native, Tod moved to Durango in the fall of 1994 and began working with R. Michael Bell & Associates. Tod has worked on all phases of architectural projects, from medical facilities and steel buildings to residential.

Tod serves as Project Manager on several of the firm’s projects, and is currently working towards his architectural registration.


  • Technical Associates Degree in Computer Aided Design
  • Phoenix Institute of Technology
  • General Architectural Studies University of Arizona

Lauren_Jackson_bw-150x150Lauren Jackson, AICP


Lauren is the newest member of RMBA-Architects, she brings to the firm almost ten years of professional experience with a background in both architecture and planning.

Lauren brings with her a diverse skill set with a wide range of project experience working in all phases of the design process. The skills in which she is proficient includes 3-D Modeling using Revit, SketchUp and advanced rendering software applications.

Lauren impressed Durango residents with her first presentation in front of the City Council Members this summer.


  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Colorado APA and New Mexico APA chapters
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Pat_Cheever_bw-150x150Pat E. Cheever


Pat joined R. Michael Bell & Associates in 1999 returning to Colorado after years of travel. She is responsible for keeping the office running smoothly as well as the project processing, financial record keeping and keeping the website updated and informative for the readers seeking information about the firm. Like many people living in the area she pursues outdoor and indoor sports, she cycles to work from the Durango Rec Center during the summer months and enjoys a walk along the Animas River Trail during midday.

Pat will usually be the friendly voice at the other end of the phone if you call the office during business hours.


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