SMMA Design Architect in Cambridge, Massachusetts
SMMA is seeking a talented project Design Architect to join our practice in Cambridge, MA, or Providence, RI. This position offers the opportunity to be responsible for initial project design visioning, programming, and design of space, form, and expression. Along with the project principal and team, you will be establishing the design narrative in pursuit of projects which are responsible, well-crafted, venturesome, and beautiful.
Lead project design architect
Work in close collaboration with Project Principal on all aspects of design and its development
Conceptualize building designs from both functional and aesthetic perspective in concert with client and user requirements, site specifics, zoning requirements, and project budget
Create graphic presentations to convey design thinking
Participate in client meetings and design presentations
Participate in project team coordination with focus on items affecting design outcome
Work closely with site designers/landscape architects, interior designers, graphic designers, and other consultants on design concepts and development
Contribute design advice and oversight throughout subsequent project phases
Participate in project analysis and conceptual design activity in pursuit of new projects
Currently in role as project designer
5 to 9 years professional experience (minimum 5 years as project designer)
B.Arch or M.Arch degree
Licensed Architect or in active pursuit thereof
Skill with digital tools for BIM, 3D modeling, rendering, and presentation graphics:
SketchUp and Revit mastery required
Adobe Creative Suite / PhotoShop proficiency required
Rhino and Grasshopper proficiency desired
Lumion and Enscape proficiency desired
3dStudio Max and Vray experience a plus
Ability to convey design concept through diagrams, sketches, and visualization tools
Ability to convey design intent through verbal presentation
Sustainable / environmental / wellness experience
Knowledge of building code requirements
Knowledge of building systems: envelope, structural, and MEP systems
Understanding of zoning code and permitting requirements
Portfolio (sample) link or PDF required for consideration.
About the Firm
SMMA remains one of the area’s most unique design firms due to its composition, reputation, and focus. Cambridge-based since its incorporation in 1955, the firm focuses on creating lasting relationships with strategic partners in both the public and private markets.
The firm was founded by MIT and Rensselaer alumni who believed that the balance of architecture, engineering, interiors, and site design afforded clients the agility of a single source of creative and technical expertise. Today, SMMA continues its dedication to a flexible integrated approach while remaining guided by a shared pursuit of design excellence and social responsibility.
SMMA is organized into seven studios of market focus: Corporate, Commercial, Life Science, Federal Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Advanced Technology. At SMMA, studios represent specialized communities of practice working together to foster knowledge flow around common interests. Together, the firm’s studios form a larger design ecosystem, sharing best practices and nurturing professional growth and project excellence.
Employee-owned firm with Employee Stock Ownership Program
Hybrid work-from-home policy
Competitive benefits including paid time-off, company-funded MA Paid Family and Medical Leave, company-paid dental plan, company-paid life insurance, and 401(K) matching
Employee Assistance Program (includes confidential emotional support, legal guidance, and financial resources)
Licensure and membership reimbursement
“Lunch and Learns” with internal and external speakers
A Digital portfolio must be submitted for consideration. Please combine the resume and portfolio on one document or provide a portfolio link.
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