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Interior Designer K-12 Schools


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About SMMA

Since 1955, SMMA has forged extraordinary relationships with clients, established an enviable record of success, and designed award-winning environments. From our two locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island, we are an employee-owned firm that remains true to our founders’ vision of approaching design as a deeply collaborative process.

The unique multidisciplinary nature of our practice serves as a strength. Our culture places design at the forefront through visual artistry and unlimited access to multidisciplinary design talent and leadership. We maximize our value through early involvement and a convergence of artistic and technical focus that speaks directly to the needs of our clients. As pioneers of an integrated design methodology, we strive to redefine the way our industry works.

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About This Position

SMMA is looking to hire a passionate interior designer to work on our K-12 educational projects. A recognized leader in educational design, SMMA has won the Association for Learning Environments Northeast’s highest award for planning and design, the Ed Kirkbride Award, three times. In 2022 we were ranked by Engineering News-Record as the #1 design firm in New England for K-12 school projects.

SMMA is a multi-disciplinary design firm driven by collaboration between architects, interior designers, engineers, technologists, researchers, and industry experts. We offer a creative, team-oriented environment that promotes intellectual and professional growth.

In this role you will collaborate closely with project leadership, playing a vital role as a valued member of the project team. Your expertise and creativity will help to shape each project's aesthetic and functional aspects.


  • Collaborate on all phases of work, including programming client needs, conceptual design, schematic design, and design development, construction documentation, and construction administration
  • Assist with the development of design concepts during all phases of the project
  • Collaborate with consultants, engineers, interior designers and the architectural team
  • Prepare plans, elevations, interior details, reflected ceiling plans, millwork design, furniture layouts, finish plans, color plans and schedules
  • Prepare renderings for client and public presentations
  • Assist in the construction administration phase of projects and the review of submittals, finish samples, sketches, shop drawings
  • Research manufacturers for finish materials, furniture, and equipment
  • Work with SMMA’s specifications department and product selection
  • Contribute to office activities, initiatives, and learning programs

Minimum Requirements

  • Professional Degree from CIDA Accredited Interior Design program or related accredited discipline
  • NCIDQ Certified Designer
  • 5-10 years of related experience as an interior designer
  • MSBA experience preferred
  • Outstanding rendering and graphic presentation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of building and life safety code requirements
  • Computer skills: Highly proficient at Revit. Proficiency in Adobe Suite, SketchUp, Bluebeam, and Enscape also required
  • Collaborative and team-conscious

About the Firm

SMMA is one of New England’s most unique design firms due to our composition, reputation, and focus. Cambridge-based since our incorporation in 1955, we offer an integrated, multidisciplinary environment driven by collaboration between architects, interior designers, engineers, technologists, researchers, and industry experts. We focus on building lasting relationships with strategic partners in both the public and private markets.

As an employee-owned firm, we believe that good ideas are welcome from anywhere. Our work straddles seven markets— K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Commercial, Life Science, Federal Government, and Advanced Technology—with the opportunity to work across a wide range of projects and specialisms. We offer a fast-paced, team-oriented environment that promotes intellectual and creative growth.

SMMA 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, we remain dedicated to this flexible, integrated approach. We are guided by a shared pursuit of design excellence, sustainability, and social responsibility.

Company Perks

  • 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)
  • Mentor/protégé program
  • Educational reimbursement
  • Licensure and membership reimbursement
  • “Lunch and Learns” with internal and external speakers

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How To Apply

Please apply on our careers page.