SOURCE: SmithGroup


February 08, 2011 08:11 ET

SmithGroup Names Jay Rambo to Lead Dallas Office

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - Jay Rambo, AIA, LEED AP, has been elevated to lead the Dallas office of SmithGroup, one of the nation's leading architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firms.

Rambo steps into the Dallas office director role after serving as its Learning Studio leader since 2008. He follows former office director Bob Shaw, who died of pancreatic cancer in December 2010. 

As office director in Dallas, Rambo will direct the efforts of the 30-person office and its two primary studios: Learning, led by Kip Jameson and Science & Technology, headed by Allen Atkinson. Design leaders for the office are David Mills and Michael Voit, with Jerry Tims serving as director of operations.

"Jay serves his clients with a high level of attention and dedication, as does the entire Dallas staff," said SmithGroup President & CEO Carl Roehling. "This news marks the culmination of a two-year plan for succession at the Dallas office and I'm certain Jay will lead with great success," Roehling added.

Rambo, a Dallas native who is a recognized leader in the design and programming of university facilities, has a 14-year history with the SmithGroup's Dallas office. He started as a summer intern from Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in environmental design in 1997. Two years later, he graduated with a Master's of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and returned to SmithGroup where he continued to rise up the ranks to project architect, project manager, principal in charge and finally, studio leader.

More about the Dallas office of SmithGroup
SmithGroup's Dallas office is a long-time leader in the sports and recreation market throughout Texas and is now expanding nationally. Among its 2010 university recreation completions was the $17.8 million, 74,000 square foot Dugan Wellness Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the $30 million Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center for Rice University, Houston. It also designed the $17.8 million student recreation center at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

The office had a number of other key completions in 2010, among them another significant project for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi -- a $30 million facility for the university's Nursing, Health Science and Kinesiology programs. For Texas Tech University, the office designed the Health Science Center's F. Marie Hall SimLife Center as well as the new $3.5 million Cancer Research Center. 

Currently underway is a new recreation facility at Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, a client Rambo says is clearly interested in design with an appreciative Chancellor who has been highly involved and inspirational to the team. The office is also designing the Research Operations Center at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

SmithGroup ( is a national, 800-employee architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firm with 11 offices across the U.S. A leader in sustainable design, the firm currently has 62 LEED certified projects and 346 LEED accredited professionals. SmithGroup is ranked the 8th largest architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. by Building Design & Construction magazine and composed of client industry-focused practices serving the higher education, healthcare, workplace and science & technology markets.

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