About Us


CSI Architectural Metal Inc. offers roll-forming of architectural panels and custom sheet metal fabrication. Our company maintains a fully equipped state of the art sheet metal shop. With extensive experienced craftsmanship we offer a wide range of services from design to engineered metal systems.

CSI Architectural Metal Inc. is dedicated to providing and maintaining maximum customer service, while providing the product information and knowledge needed to ensure that every  design vision is executed successfully. Working with our partners, we have the experience, equipment, technical expertise and innovative solutions that will help to solve even the most unique challenges for virtually any application. These services will allow us to approach each project with a greater range of possibilities.

All products available from CSI Architectural Metal Inc. have proven themselves as not only a product from the past but for the future.

Daniel Schmidt and his wife Michaela started working together in the construction and manufacturing industry over ten years ago. They have been together for almost as long as Daniel has been doing sheet metal, since 1997. Over the years Michaela had to listen to many stories about what's going on at the jobsite and shop, watching and later helping Daniel working at home solving problems or working on application details. Michaela started sharing Daniel's passion for architectural sheet metal and they decided to start their own business in 2006.

CSI Architectural Metal Inc. was founded in partnership with RHEINZINK and Follansbee Steel promoting the use of sustainable building products, fabricating and supplying metal systems made of copper zinc and stainless steel. CSI has become a well known manufacturer of quality metal roofing and wall systems made of zinc & stainless steel. Daniel appreciates the opportunities to assist architects in implementing their design visions, to work with the sub-contractors who are installing the metal systems, providing training and problem solving when requested.

Daniel T Schmidt
Founder & CEO

In 1996, Daniel started his career as a 16 year old apprentice working for a Bauspenglerei in Weinheim a. d. Bergstrasse in Germany, where he was trained by his three uncles who are master craftsmen working mainly with copper sheet metal and zinc. A highlight from those early days was the opportunity to work on a partial restoration of the Heidelberg castle in 1999 replacing a 140 years old copper awning.

Michaela J. Schmidt
Co-Founder & CFO

In 1996 Michaela started as a apprentice for Aquarium Fish Wholesale in Germany where she learned about sales and administrative work. After her apprenticeship she worked in the accounting department of a major German retailer. After immigrating to the United States with Daniel, Michaela learned about the American accounting system and became CFO and administrative manager of CSI Architectural Metal Inc.

When immigrating with his wife to America in 2002, Daniel joined Local 206 San Diego Sheet Metal Workers and worked as a Journeyman for SDSMW/California Sheet Metal for a couple of years on major commercial sheet metal projects. In 2004, Daniel was hired by Ehmcke Sheet Metal, founded by German immigrant William Ehmcke in 1927. There Daniel had the great privilege to work with top-notch craftsmen on custom residential and commercial projects throughout La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe, working with copper, zinc, stainless steel and titanium. In 2005, at the age of 24, Daniel was a foreman for the installation of the largest copper roof system in Southern California on a project called Coronado Community Center and City Hall on Coronado Island in San Diego. In 2005 Daniel and Michaela relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles to start their business.