Preserving the past, building the future
through enduring designs and relationships.


Robi4 Architecture & Planning Inc is a firm specializing in architecture, design, and planning. It was founded in 1999 by Michael D. Robinson and Carolyn D. Robinson in Memphis, Tennessee, to meet the demands of growing clientele in both the public and private sectors. In 2014, the firm expanded its operations to San Diego, California, where it continues to build on its founding mission and design philosophy: preserving the past and building the future through enduring designs and relationships.


Michael and Carolyn (pictured at Balboa Park) are proud members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Michael D. Robinson, AIA is the Principal Architect for Robi4. He brings over 30 years of experience as an architect, planner, and project manager to his role, using his expertise in planning, construction oversight, and value engineering to solve clients’ design problems with sensible architectural solutions.

He is a founding Board Member and the current President of the San Diego chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ex-Officio Board Commissioner and Liaison for SDNOMA, an Alumni Advisory Board Member for the NewSchool of Architecture & Design, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Balboa Park Committee of One Hundred. He also served as a member of the Design Review Board for the City of La Mesa from 2017 to 2021. Currently, he has accepted an appointment to serve as a juror for the 2023 AIA Housing Awards.

As a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate-holder, Michael is certified to practice architecture in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Tennessee State University and a Master of Architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture & Design. He is also a 2014 graduate of the inaugural AIA Memphis Emerging Leaders Program and a 2013 graduate of the SBA Emerging Leaders Program.

Carolyn D. Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer of Robi4. She brings over 30 years of experience in design, planning, and project management to her role, making her equally vital to the firm’s business operations, marketing and client relationship strategies.

She is currently an Associate Member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and the Memphis Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Tennessee State University.

Maya Robinson oversees Media and Communications for Robi4, namely its digital presence, communications, content management and development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College and recently founded afaceinthecloud, a media company specializing in small-scale, multi-media projects.



Robi4 has worked both independently and in collaboration with other firms and design professionals on religious and educational facilities, single and multi-family residential properties, commercial tenant improvements, and hospitality/restaurant establishments. Click here for an overview of its religious, commercial, and residential work.


In keeping with its mission and design philosophy, Robi4 prioritizes using a detail-oriented approach that ensures accountability, transparency, and efficiency in providing architecture, design, and planning services during all project phases. The firm also provides program and project management services to clients to help them maintain better project control, and enhance project performance, throughout the construction phase.

Additionally, Robi4 has extensive experience providing teaching instruction in architecture and training services to technical institutions and corporations, as well as experience consulting private clients in the Atlantic Northeast (Boston, Newburyport, and Martha’s Vineyard) and the Pacific Northwest (Bend, Oregon).

Please inquire via email if you have specific questions regarding our design process and services.

Great design starts with great conversation.

Contact robi4planning@att.net if you have a project you would like to discuss.