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Science and Technology Architect (5-15 year's experience)


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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.

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About This Position

SMMA is currently seeking several Life Science and Technology focused Mid-Level Architects with 5-15 years of experience to join our integrated practice - a dynamic mix of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, site and building systems engineers, design technologists, researchers, and planners. With all this diverse expertise packed within a firm of only 175 professionals, it makes us the "largest small firm or smallest large firm" you'll ever see!

SMMA in a nutshell:

We provide design services for a variety of markets that we've organized into studios, offering a fast-paced, team-oriented environment that promotes intellectual and creative growth. We believe in our multi-disciplinary work model and remain committed to enhancing opportunities by capitalizing on an agile and iterative integrated design workflow. As architects and engineers, this studio structure allows us to dive deeply into dedicated market-based knowledge and micro-mentorship, while simultaneously participating in "cross-training" between studios to make sure we are all learning from each other firm-wide. Our market diversity certainly adds to our vibrant culture and has allowed SMMA to thrive in good and bad economies. Currently, we are experiencing incredible growth in many of our studios… That’s where you come in!

Read about SMMA’s recent Friendly Firm Award.

What’s in it for you?

SMMA is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you help to define design opportunities and solve complex challenges for our clients, our organization, and our industry working alongside thoughtful individuals from many disciplines who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. We nurture professional growth in many ways including a volunteer Mentor-Protégé program that pairs junior professionals with senior leadership to share knowledge and build deeper relationships. We have ARE and LEED study groups, provide research opportunities through our "IQ Program", and many external professional development opportunities. We strive to promote a fast-paced, team-oriented, and fun culture that fosters relationships and creative growth and are proud to have been named a 2018 Emerging Professional Friendly Firm by AIA New England.

Once here you will:

  • Communicate and keep the other project team members engaged. Being able to communicate and engage with your MEP team-mates is especially important for any Life Science and Technology project.
  • 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 Life Science and Technology laboratories as well as all the associated support, office, and public collaboration space associated with that design.
  • Develop and prepare both design and construction documentation for Life Science and Technology projects. In addition to the creation of documentation of exterior and interior architecture to support these projects, particular focus will be spent on the development of laboratory layouts and planning, laboratory equipment planning, laboratory ceiling design, associated laboratory detailing, casework & millwork design, and the various types of construction documentation necessary to support these specialty spaces.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to office activities, initiatives, and learning programs.

Relevant experience and mindset:

  • Flexible, proactive and optimistic.
  • A precise and detail-oriented approach to breaking down complicated tasks and challenges.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Collaborative and team-conscious.
  • Capable of building relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • (Preferred) experience working 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.
  • Knowledge of building and life safety code requirements.
  • Bachelor's/ Professional degree/ Master’s degree in Architecture.
  • 5-15 years of professional experience; licensure or in active pursuit thereof.
  • Ability to ideate quickly through utilizing computational design tools. Possess a mastery of digital tools to serve the design process through BIM, 3D modeling, design visualization, team management, and client/contractor communication.

Digital portfolio must be submitted with the application for consideration.

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


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