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SmithGroupJJR’s practice experts share their unique perspective on the issues, trends and innovations shaping inspired architectural, engineering, planning and design solutions. Comments and counter-points are welcomed.
The Benefits & Value of Social Impact Design

The Benefits & Value of Social Impact Design

As designers, we believe in the power of design and its ability to address social issues, but are often conflicted at the prospect of designing without the participation of the 98-percent of society that lives, works and plays in the ...
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Equity By Design: Architects as Catalysts for Community Engagement & Social Impact

Equity By Design: Architects as Catalysts for Community Engagement & Social Impact

What if the principles of equity were expanded beyond the current perception of a workplace-world focus and into the design of cities and communities? We’d get results like the three panelists that my colleague, Rosa Sheng, FAIA, assembled at the ...
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Fourth Industrial Revolution: Are You Ready?

Fourth Industrial Revolution: Are You Ready?

Gone are the days during which we revel in the power and speed of the printing press. In this age, we can 3-D print our own toothbrushes and walk the Great Wall of China from the comfort of our living ...
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World Landscape Architecture Month: Celebrating Our Profession

World Landscape Architecture Month: Celebrating Our Profession

I strongly believe that if we work a third of our lives and sleep a third of our lives, the remainder should be spent outside, either alone or with partners, friends, and loved ones to find respite and solace, be ...
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Design-Build Then and Now: SmithGroupJJR at the Forefront

Design-Build Then and Now: SmithGroupJJR at the Forefront

One of the most intriguing reasons behind why I wanted to work for SmithGroupJJR was that they are the oldest operating architecture and engineering firm in the country. Founded in 1853 by Sheldon Smith in Detroit, the firm has gone ...
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It’s the Year of the Anacostia. There’s much to celebrate.

It’s the Year of the Anacostia. There’s much to celebrate.

When was the last time a panel discussion felt more like a celebration? In December of 2017, SmithGroupJJR hosted a Metropolis Magazine Think Tank panel discussion on Waterfront Development and Urban Resilience. Moderated by Susan Szenasy, Director of Design Innovation ...
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