June 27, 2013 14:45 ET

SmithGroupJJR Hires Ashley Cook as Manager of Business Development at Washington, DC Office

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jun 27, 2013) - SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation's largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired Ashley Cook as manager of business development for the Health and Cultural studios at its Washington, DC office.

Cook joins SmithGroupJJR from Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. in Laurel, Md. where she served as a business development associate since 2010. As a business developer, Cook's client relationships include those with the University of Maryland Medical Center, Inova, West Virginia University and the Smithsonian Institution.

In her new role at SmithGroupJJR, Cook will drive business development efforts throughout the eastern U.S. for its Washington, DC office's Health and Cultural studios, while maintaining existing client relationships and helping to identify new marketing opportunities.

"Ashley Cook has a deep understanding of the markets in which we practice. This will help put us in a position to better meet the needs of those markets," said Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Washington, DC office director, SmithGroupJJR.

Additional, previous roles for Cook include serving as marketing coordinator at Combustion, Science & Engineering, Inc., Columbia, Md., and marketing specialist at Tidewater Group Purchasing, Baltimore, Md., a healthcare group purchasing organization.

Cook is a member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services, Maryland Chapter, where she serves on the Programs Committee. Other professional affiliations include the American Society of Healthcare Engineers, American Alliance of Museums and the Urban Land Institute.

Cook graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, Md. She currently resides in Columbia, Md.

SmithGroupJJR is a national design leader in the healthcare and cultural markets. Among the firm's recent completions is the 127,000-square-foot, University of Virginia Medical Center patient tower expansion, Charlottesville, Va. For Holy Cross Health in Maryland, SmithGroupJJR designed the new 317,000-square-foot Germantown Hospital and a seven-story patient care building expansion on the Silver Spring campus, both completing in 2014.

Following the 2010 completion of the award-winning National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Bethesda, Md., the firm is now underway with a series of satellite centers for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund that will diagnose and treat Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress in America's military service members.

Current cultural projects include the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), now under construction on the National Mall in Washington, DC. SmithGroupJJR is one of four design firms collaborating on the $500 million project, slated for completion in late 2015.

SmithGroupJJR ( is ranked a Top 10 design firm by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects. With 800 employees in 10 offices across the U.S., SmithGroupJJR is a national leader in sustainable design.

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