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K-12 Project Architect (7+ years' 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 seeking an experienced Project Architect to lead the design of public school projects within SMMA’s K-12 Studio. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on some of the area’s largest and most cutting-edge new school commissions to be completed over the next several years. Along with drawing from a rich knowledge base and award-winning portfolio of school projects over the past 20+ years, this architectural leader will also be working within the firms integrated design model—a dynamic mix of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, site and building systems engineers, design technologists, researchers, and planners.

As a Project Architect within the K-12 Studio, you'll be leading projects along with a dedicated Project Manager. The PM will be responsible for handling the scheduling and accounting aspects helping to free the Project Architect’s time to focus on developing the design and collaborating with project stakeholders, in-house engineering partners, outside consultants, and most importantly, in command of the design team. Within the architecture discipline we strive for a healthy balance of seasoned experts, mid-level architects, and fresh graduates. This role is critical to keep the team focused on this complex project type and mentoring junior staff is expected.


  • Bachelor's or professional degree; Master’s degree preferred
  • 7+ years professional experience, some dedicated to K-12 projects
  • Architectural licensure required; LEED, WELL, or other sustainable accreditations a plus
  • Familiar with a BIM-centered workflow and other common digital design and management tools
  • Capable of building relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Committed to pursuing excellence in written, visual, and verbal communication
  • Flexible, proactive, and optimistic

Digital portfolio must be submitted with the application 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 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 five studios of market focus: Corporate and Commercial, Federal Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Science and 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.

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

How To Apply

Please apply on our careers page.

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