SOURCE: SmithGroup


May 20, 2010 13:19 ET

New Science and Technology Practice Leader Joins SmithGroup in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - H. Michael Smith, AIA, LEED AP, has joined SmithGroup's Washington, DC office as Science and Technology Practice Leader. He relocated from the firm's Los Angeles office where he led their Southern California science studio. Smith's move will enhance SmithGroup's science and technology capabilities in the Mid-Atlantic region in response to growing academic, biomedical and government laboratory design opportunities.

With 25 years of experience in a wide range of renovation, adaptive reuse, and new construction projects, Smith has focused his entire career on science and technology building types, working with clients in the corporate, institutional, academic, and government market sectors. He has directed, managed, programmed, and designed many notable projects, including academic and biomedical research laboratories, biotechnology and pharmaceutical production facilities, cleanrooms for microelectronics and medical device manufacture, and animal research facilities.

A frequent presenter at national conferences related to science and technology, Smith will be speaking at the Tradeline Animal Research Facilities 2010 conference in November, 2010. With David I. Meyer, Ph.D., CEO of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Smith recently published the article "Scientists are from Mars, Designers are from Venus," in Lab Manager Magazine.

A licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Michael is a graduate of the University of Arizona, College of Architecture. He actively participates in professional organizations such as the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Association of University Research Parks (AURP), Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).

SmithGroup ranks as the 7th largest architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. (Building Design + Construction "Giants" survey, July 2009) and employs over 800. The firm is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the higher education, science and technology, workplace, healthcare, and cultural markets. With 346 LEED accredited professionals and 45 LEED certified projects, SmithGroup is a national leader in sustainable, environmentally intelligent design.

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