Russ Sykes


"I have learned over the course of my career to anticipate change. Things change more often than we tend to expect-be prepared."

Russ leads the Science & Technology studio in SmithGroupJJR's Detroit office, where he contributes more than 25 years of experience in the management, strategic planning and engineering systems design of research and education projects.   Over that quarter century, Russ says he's learned to "anticipate change. Things change more often that we tend to expect."  One of these changes has been SmithGroupJJR's expansion into Shanghai, China, where Russ has also taken on the responsibility of leading China operations.

Lucky for us, Russ didn't follow his second career choice. "At one time, I thought seriously about becoming an oceanographer," he reveals. He would still like to learn to scuba dive, something he might be able to combine with another interest: traveling. "Australia and Antarctica are the two remaining continents that I need to check off from my ‘bucket list,'" he notes.

Advanced Technologies, Studio Leader

Professional Credentials
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Professional Engineer (PE)

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