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SmithGroupJJR Promotes Ed Burton, Sven Shockey and Cheryl Zuellig to Vice President

December 14, 2016

Science & technology, design and landscape architecture experts elevated

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Ed Burton, Sven Shockey and Cheryl Zuellig to vice president.   

Ed Burton, RIBA, is promoted to vice president, continuing in hi...

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Creates a Destination Inside Terminal 3

December 6, 2016

DWL Architects | SmithGroupJJR | Corgan design unprecedented passenger experience that connects to the city and Sonoran desert landscape

The first of a three-part phased modernization of Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport today opened its doors to the public.   

“We orchestrated the desi...

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SmithGroupJJR hires Kay Wulf as Workplace Studio Leader in Chicago

November 30, 2016

Long-time Chicago expert in the design of workplace interiors, asset repositioning and corporate headquarters

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firms, has hired Kay Wulf to lead the Workplace Studio at the firm’s Chicago office. She joins SmithGroupJJ...

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SmithGroupJJR hires George Athens as Workplace Studio Leader in Detroit office

November 22, 2016

Expert in transformation of workplaces to create high-performance environments based on data-supported human wellness

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation's largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired George Athens, AIA, as Workplace Studio leader at the firm’s Detroit office.   

Athens ...

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SmithGroupJJR Reinvents Workplace Design Strategy at Chicago Office

November 15, 2016

New environment serves as an “exploratorium” for reimagining how the firm works

Workplace design experts at SmithGroupJJR announced that the top-ranked architecture, engineering, and design firm has relocated its Chicago operations into a new 21,000-sf workspace on the ninth floor of the historic Jeweler’s Building...

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SmithGroupJJR honored by the American Society of Landscape Architecture, Michigan Chapter

October 31, 2016

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has been honored by the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MiASLA). The recognition was made at the organization’s annual meeting, held on September 29 at the Thousand Oaks Golf Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Designed by SmithGroupJJR, World’s Largest Forensic Anthropology Laboratory is Complete

September 21, 2016

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s Forensic Identification Laboratory to aid in investigation, recovery and accounting of Americans lost at war The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s (DPAA) Forensic Identification Laboratory recently reached construction completion at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Oahu, Hawaii. Designed b...

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SmithGroupJJR Hires Elizabeth Robinson as Workplace Studio Leader in Dallas

September 14, 2016

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firms, has hired Elizabeth Robinson to lead the Workplace Practice Studio at the firm’s Dallas office. She joins SmithGroupJJR from Seattle-based Collins Woerman, where she led its interior design practice.

In her role as Wo...

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National Museum of African American History and Culture to Open in Washington, DC on Sept. 24

August 31, 2016

As the “Solution Experts,” SmithGroupJJR guided Smithsonian through challenges during the $540 million museum’s design and construction

When President Barack Obama opens the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to a worldwide audience on September 24, the design team from Smit...

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SmithGroupJJR Hires Michelle Acosta as Health Studio Project Manager in Phoenix

August 24, 2016

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, and planning firms, has hired Michelle Acosta, AIA, EDAC, as project manager at the firm’s Health Studio in Phoenix.

Acosta returns to Phoenix after three years at HDR, Los Angeles, where she was a project architect/manager working on a variety of heal...

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SmithGroupJJR and Skanska announce design-build project for new DC Water Headquarters

August 3, 2016

Designed by SmithGroupJJR over an existing pump station along the Anacostia River, the new building will reinforce the mission of DC Water and feature innovation in sustainable design never before seen in the U.S.

SmithGroupJJR, partnering with Skanska, will design and build a new 150,000-square-foot, six-story headquarters facility...

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SmithGroupJJR promotes Greg Mella to Director of Sustainable Design

July 19, 2016

Champion of green building as necessary, affordable and inspirational

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Greg Mella, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, to the role of director of sustainable design. Mella assumes leadership of SmithGroupJJR’s firm-wide sustainability in...

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SmithGroupJJR Hires Ed Burton as Science & Technology Practice Director

June 21, 2016

Strategic leader works with academic science, corporate and developer clients to ensure their laboratory environments meet research needs

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired Ed Burton to lead its international Science & Technology Practice. Burton succeeds Andy...

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SmithGroupJJR’s Alek Zarifian Elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

June 14, 2016

Zarifian is senior designer for several of Southern California’s largest healthcare projects

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, is pleased to announce that Alek Zarifian, FAIA, has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows.  <...

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SmithGroupJJR announces new leaders for Urban Design Practice

June 9, 2016

Team of Dan Kinkead and Michael Johnson to build on firm’s legacy of urban design combining architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and planning

Dan Kinkead, AIA, has joined SmithGroupJJR as co-leader of the firm’s Urban Design Practice. He will team with Urban Design Practice Co-Leader Michael Johnson, ASLA.

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SmithGroupJJR-designed Brock Environmental Center certified as one of the Greenest Buildings on the Planet

June 2, 2016

Building that’s net positive energy and first in U.S permitted to “drink” its rainwater earns Living Building Challenge certification

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, designed by SmithGroupJJR, has taken its place as a new paradigm for sustainability. 

The Brock Cente...

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SmithGroupJJR Wins American Planning Association Sustainability Award for Eisenhower West Small Area Plan

May 31, 2016

Plan reflects core ideas generated by the community coupled with economic feasibility

SmithGroupJJR has won a 2016 Award for Excellence in Sustainability from the American Planning Association (APA)’s Sustainable Communities Division for the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan in Alexandria, Virginia, in the category of “Sus...

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SmithGroupJJR Elects four to Board of Directors

May 25, 2016

SmithGroupJJR, one of the leading architecture, engineering and planning firms in the U.S., has elected Hank Byma, Mary Jukuri, Roxanne Malek and Don Posson to join its Board of Directors.  

Hank Byma

New Board member Hank Byma, ASLA, serves as SmithGroupJJR’s director of China operations. Among the firm’s...

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SmithGroupJJR hires Bill Katz at San Francisco office

May 20, 2016

SmithGroupJJR, one of the largest architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firms in the U.S., has hired Bill Katz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, at its San Francisco office.

Katz joins SmithGroupJJR as a design principal in the office’s studio focused on higher education. He will also support the continued growth of its science ...

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SmithGroupJJR Promotes Clint Menefee to Higher Education Leader in Dallas

May 18, 2016

 SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has named Clint Menefee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to studio leader for higher education at the firm’s Dallas office.

In Menefee’s new role as studio leader, he is broadening the Dallas office’s higher education portfolio ...

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University of Illinois’ Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, designed by SmithGroupJJR, named R&D Magazine’s Laboratory of the Year

April 27, 2016

ILLINOIS promotes interdisciplinary interaction in teaching and research building that’s net-zero ready

One of the nation’s highest performing teaching and research facilities has been named R&D Magazine’s 2016 Laboratory of the Year. Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the $95 million, 230,000-square-foot Electrical an...

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Clare Jagenow of SmithGroupJJR elected President of the American Society of Landscape Architects Michigan Chapter

April 18, 2016

Clare Jagenow, RLA, ASLA, a landscape architect at SmithGroupJJR, has been elected 2016 President of the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

An active member of ASLA Michigan for over 10 years, Jagenow served six years concurrently as the editor of SITES and as a member of the executive committee...

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SmithGroupJJR adds Larry Wilson as Senior Mechanical Engineer at Chicago office

March 21, 2016

Expert in healthcare design and high-performance systems

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired Larry Wilson, PE, LEED AP at its Chicago office.

Wilson joins SmithGroupJJR as a senior mechanical engineer, providing design leadership for both the Chicago...

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“Built by Women” program honors two SmithGroupJJR project teams

March 17, 2016

Two SmithGroupJJR women-led project teams will be honored on March 18, 2016 by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s Built by Women program in a celebration held at the National Building Museum.

The American University Washington College of Law team comprising of Project Designer Lori Cappuccio, Project Architect Jamie ...

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SmithGroupJJR promotes Lise Newman to Workplace Practice Leader

March 4, 2016

Business strategy expert works to ensure clients’ work environments support their business goals

Corporate workplace facility and business strategy expert Lise Newman, AIA, has been promoted to Workplace Practice leader at SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firms....