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Interior Designer Science + Technology Lab Planner


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About SMMA

Driven by the passion of our people.

Defined by the creativity of our ideas.
Measured by the quality of our work.

Since 1955, SMMA has balanced architecture, engineering, interiors, and site design to afford clients the agility of a single source of creative and technical expertise. Our practice is guided by a shared pursuit of design excellence and social responsibility.

We are believers, ideators, makers, listeners, fixers, sharers, crafters, planners, communicators, connectors, organizers, engagers, restorers, storytellers...

We are SMMA. We design places.

About This Position

SMMA has an exciting opportunity for a Laboratory focused Interior Designer to work on stimulating projects at our Cambridge office. We are an integrated design firm that unites a dynamic mix of architects, interior designers, engineers, technologists, researchers, and industry experts, driven to provide responsible, well-crafted, venturesome, and beautiful design solutions to clients in the Boston area and beyond. United by a common purpose, we thrive on cross-discipline collaboration and welcome good ideas from wherever they come.

We offer a fast-paced, team-oriented environment that promotes intellectual and creative growth. Working alongside a project leader, the candidates will be expected to provide new ideas and share knowledge that will advance each project, the firm’s mission, and their professional careers.


  • Collaborate on all phases of Life Science and Technology work, including programming client needs, technical development, conceptual design, schematic design, and design development, construction documentation, and construction administration.
  • Assist and fully participate in the planning and conceptual design of the laboratories as well as all the associated support, office, and public collaboration space associated with that design.
  • Prepare both design and construction documentation such as: laboratory layouts, laboratory equipment layouts, furniture layouts, interior elevations, construction plans of various types, reflected ceiling plans, associated details, casework & millwork design drawings, finish plans, and the various types of schedules associated with all of drawing types listed above.
  • Participate in the construction administration of projects and review and coordination of all submittals, and the observation of the construction process. This will include not only the review of various lab casework, millwork, equipment, finish, and lab equipment shop drawings and samples, but the coordination of the MEP’s team’s reviews with the overall design.
  • Ability to ideate quickly through utilizing computational design tools
  • Assist with the development of detailed design concepts
  • Research manufacturers for all aspects of the project as required.
  • Contribute to office activities, initiatives, and learning programs

Minimal Requirements:

  • Flexible, proactive and optimistic.
  • A precise and detail oriented approach to breaking down complicated tasks and challenges.
  • Excellent written + verbal communication skills.
  • Collaborative and team-conscious.
  • Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, Environmental Design in Architecture, or Architecture.
  • NCIDQ Certification preferred.
  • 3-8 years of related experience as an interior designer.
  • Experience working with on the technical and design aspects of Life Science & Technology projects.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of the design process, workplace strategy, design & documentation, implementation and FF&E.
  • Outstanding graphic presentation skills and communicate design ideas quickly.
  • Knowledge of building and life safety code requirements.
  • Computer skills: Strong Revit user and knowledge of Adobe Suite. SketchUp & 3-D Studio Max a plus but not required.

Please note: SMMA does not offer H-1B visa sponsorship for this position.


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