SOURCE: SmithGroup


July 13, 2011 08:40 ET

SmithGroup Hires Senior Architects to Strengthen Science & Technology and Healthcare Studios

Robert Colyer and Sam D'Amico Add to Firm's Market Clout in San Francisco Bay Area and California

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 13, 2011) - Moving to further strengthen its position in national healthcare, science and research markets, SmithGroup (, one of the nation's leading architecture, engineering, interiors, and planning firms, announced it has hired influential architects Robert Colyer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Sam D'Amico, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C.

Colyer, who has owned and operated a private practice in San Francisco since 1979 is a well-known and respected designer who has led award-winning science and research facilities projects for major universities including Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California, San Francisco, and UC Davis. In addition, he has led projects for the State of California, the Contra Costa Water District, the cities of San Jose and Oakland, and numerous private projects as a project architect for commercial offices, townhomes and condominiums.

"SmithGroup is a very forward looking firm and is aggressively dedicated to sustainable design and I chose to come here for those reasons," said Colyer. "The resources and intellectual ferment here are very attractive to me as a senior architect."

D'Amico comes to SmithGroup from Anshen + Allen in San Francisco where he was an associate principal. At Anshen + Allen, D'Amico was a senior project designer for high-visibility projects such as the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco as well as the University Health System's 900,000-sf Level One Trauma Center in San Antonio. D'Amico, who has 30 years of practice experience, also previously worked as a vice president and senior project engineer for Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. in San Francisco where he designed hospitals for Kaiser Permanente, Highland Hospital in Oakland, the China Basin Landing Bio-Science Building, and on the Transbay Terminal Master Plan.

"These two senior architects both have deep experience and extensive networks of clients and potential clients," said William Diefenbach, director of SmithGroup's 162-person San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. "With these hires, we have incorporated top intellectual resources and greatly strengthened our Healthcare and Science & Technology Studio teams."

As the nation continues to implement healthcare reform in the midst of poor economic conditions, SmithGroup's focus is turning to the design of smaller, community hospitals of 100 beds or smaller.

"The healthcare market is trending to smaller new hospitals and hospital renovations. I'm excited to be able to lend my skills to the nation's best healthcare studio," D'Amico said. "This is a great opportunity to create the best small hospitals in the country."

SmithGroup, which posted 2010 gross revenue of $179.7 million, is the oldest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the U.S., originally founded in 1853. With 10 offices across the U.S., SmithGroup is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the healthcare; science & technology; workplace; and education markets. The firm recently ranked #1 for design quality based on design awards won, and #2 overall in Architect magazine's 2011 Architect 50 ranking. With 343 LEED Accredited Professionals and 67 LEED certified projects, SmithGroup is a national leader in sustainable design. Follow SmithGroup on Facebook at

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