March 18, 2013 16:00 ET

SmithGroupJJR Hires Mark Soden in Phoenix

Relocates Formerly Separate Campus, Community and Waterfront Studio to Arizona Center Offices

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Mar 18, 2013) - SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation's largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired senior landscape architect and planner Mark Soden, RLA, AICP, to lead its Campus, Community and Waterfront studio at its Phoenix, Arizona office.

Soden joins SmithGroupJJR from his own firm, Soden Planning + Design pllc, a landscape architecture, land planning and urban design firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to that, Soden was a senior planner for the Salt River-Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in its Department of Community Development. Notable projects for Soden include the Tempe Center for the Arts, for which he served as principal-in-charge of site and landscape design.

SmithGroupJJR's addition of Soden comes as it relocates its campus planning, community planning, and landscape architecture professionals, formerly housed at a separate location in Phoenix at 1425 North First Street, to its main office in the Arizona Center, downtown.

The consolidation of all SmithGroupJJR services to one location in Phoenix is consistent with the firm's nationwide emphasis on having its myriad of design and planning professionals working under one roof.

"Mark Soden is an excellent addition to lead our award-winning Campus, Community and Waterfronts studio in Phoenix. He has an excellent reputation in Arizona for the planning, design and construction of regions, communities and places that are not only attractive, but sustainable and economically viable, too," says Brad Woodman, AIA, LEED AP, director of SmithGroupJJR's Phoenix office.

According to Woodman, owners increasingly prefer to work with multi-disciplinary firms that offer a full range of integrated design and planning services. "Bringing our campus planning, community planning and landscape design services to join our long-established, architecture and engineering expertise in Phoenix is what clients want," explains Woodman. "Our clients get the best results because of the collaboration and creativity that absolutely flourishes in this kind of environment."

SmithGroupJJR ( is one of the largest architecture, engineering and planning firms in the U.S., ranked a Top 10 design firm by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects. Its staff numbers 800 employees in 10 offices across the U.S. A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroupJJR has 343 LEED professionals and 81 LEED certified projects.

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