During his 27-year tenure with SmithGroupJJR, Carl has served as principal-in-charge for many of our most notable projects. Among them are Visteon Corporation's world headquarters, a organizationally transformational project; and the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. As a principal, he continues to practice as a strategic planner and project manager for both private sector and federal government clients. He leads many of the firm's strategic planning projects, with clients such as Plante Moran and the Detroit Athletic Club among his success stories. Among those attesting to Carl's exceptional skill and experience is the American Institute of Architects Michigan chapter, which awarded him the AIA's highest honor, the Gold Medal Award.
Even more telling than the accolades may be the legacy Carl built as president and CEO of SmithGroupJJR from 2001 to 2015. "I think we will be known as a firm of warm, caring, fun and highly professional individuals who constantly strive to make this world a better place," he suggests.
Project Management, Strategic Planning, Workplace Strategies
Gold Medal Award, American Institute of Architects—Michigan Chapter (2006); Gold Medal Award, American Institute of Architects—Detroit Chapter (1999); American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows (1998); Young Architect of the Year, American Institute of Architects—Michigan Chapter (1992); Young Architect of the Year, American Institute of Architects—Detroit Chapter (1986)
American Institute of Architects, Fellow (FAIA), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Carl served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Architectural Foundation, University of Detroit Mercy Architecture Advisory Board, and was a founding Board member of The University of Michigan College of Architecture Alumni Board of Governors. Throughout his career, he has held numerous leadership positions within the American Institute of Architects, at both the national and chapter levels, and has served as president of both AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit. For the national organization, Carl served on AIA's Board of Directors, Documents Committee, Committee on the Environment, and as national chair of the PIA.
Equally as active with his community as he is with the profession, Carl has served on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Detroit Partnership, including its executive committee. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Michigan YMCA, the Music Hall, and has been an active contributor to the Building Committee of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce.