Valerie Berstene

Valerie Berstene

Valerie is an enthusiastic urban designer with both an architecture and urban design background. She is passionate about a holistic integration of architecture, landscape, and urban planning to create vibrant and sustainable places. She has a fascination for infrastructure, and is inspired by the potential of the city’s ‘leftover’ spaces.
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Wade Bevier

Wade Bevier

When Wade prepares documents, he sees potential. “Being included in the design process makes me feel like I am a part of the future and the spaces in which people will be working and living,” he says. As a construction specifier for SmithGroupJJR, he writes the supporting documents for a project design, working closely with the design team to ensure the building conforms to, and even exceeds the expectations of the client.
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Neal Billetdeaux

Neal Billetdeaux

Take a glance at Neal’s resume, and you can see he’s had a major hand in making the environment a healthier place. With academic studies that focused on botany and ecology, Neal brings a solid science background to his career as a landscape architect. His portfolio of projects is heavy on habitat restoration and green infrastructure.
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Michael Bostic

Michael Bostic

Michael is a landscape architect who works in urban design and campus planning. He has a passion for creating informative and inspiring graphics working at the intersection of art, data and communication.
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Patty Boyle

Patty Boyle

Asked about her earliest interests in architecture, Patty recalls a family vacation to California when she was in elementary school. “I remember being fascinated by how the buildings were set into the topography of downtown San Francisco,” she replies. “Coming from Michigan, I had never experienced that perspective before.” Intrigued by solving problems and building things, a career in architecture seemed a natural fit.
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Patrick Brawley

Patrick Brawley

“I always knew I wanted to build things and be connected with the outdoors,” says Patrick. He seems to have found an excellent fit as a landscape architect, combining his knowledge of horticulture and with his skills designing urban plazas, parks and academic environments. Patrick served as project manager for a number of projects at Loyola University in Chicago, including Loyola’s award-winning Lake Shore Campus.
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Alexa Bush

Alexa Bush

Alexa’s unique design background includes a Masters in Landscape Architecture as well as work in film production and the technology sector, and three years of planning and design with SmithGroupJJR. She is currently serving as a Senior City Planner for the City of Detroit Planning & Development Department.
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Cindy Cogil

Cindy Cogil

Cindy brings a strong skill set in building mechanical systems, with special expertise in environmentally conscious building design. She co-developed the heat transfer model for below-grade structures in the LBNL/DOE EnergyPlus building energy simulation computer program, which R&D Magazine named one of the 100 most technologically significant products of 2003.
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Stephen Conschafter

Stephen Conschafter

An urban designer and planner with a deep interest in the design of campuses and urban spaces, Stephen is particularly focused on how data, scientific metrics and technology can be applied to site design and long range planning for cities and campuses.
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Brenna Costello

Brenna Costello

In 2012, the American Institute of Architects named Brenna one of the country’s “Emerging Professionals.” We couldn’t agree more. She’s earning a national reputation for her work in the planning and design of advanced rehabilitation facilities, including the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a world-class facility devoted to military veterans recovering from traumatic brain injuries, and is now working on nine similar centers being built across the country.
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Sam D'Amico

Sam D’Amico

Sam D’Amico’s experience spans a wide variety of project types, including healthcare, office buildings, international airports, and academic campuses. He is a passionate designer who finds solutions for the unique functional goals of his clients through teamwork and collaboration. While drawing on his rich and diverse background, he explores the impact of every design decision and knows how to get things built.
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Jessie Fink

Jessie Fink

Every few years, Jessie returns to her high school to speak to the drafting class about her career as a landscape architect. That’s where she developed an interest in the field years ago, while working on a report about drafting-related professions. Jessie seems to have discovered both a vocation and an avocation.
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Jeff Frost

Jeff Frost

If Jeff weren’t busy identifying and incorporating sustainable design strategies in SmithGroupJJR projects, “I would be traveling the world with my wife and kids, thinking occasionally about sustainable design. Okay, thinking a lot about it,” he admits. Well, we’re glad he’s holding off on the globetrotting for awhile. Jeff has honed his passion into a career that serves our clients and the environment well.
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Cecilia Gunning

Cecilia Gunning

Cecilia is a former medical planner in SmithGroupJJR’s San Francisco office. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, she doesn’t want to just design healthcare facilities, but to design healthcare. She believes that the successful planning and design of healthcare facilities is strongly tied to the design of healthcare delivery systems and organizations—and she’s now working on that idea at Kaiser Permanente, where she has taken a position as a Principal Medical Architect & Planner.
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Brandon Guzman

Brandon Guzman

As the lead healthcare interior designer in LA, Brandon draws his design inspiration and sensibilities from his own personal experiences and passions for patient-centered, sustainable and evidence-based design principles. He strives to integrate the complexities of modern healthcare facilities into thoughtful design solutions that create innovative, nurturing healing environments that promote positive outcomes for patients, inspire families and support care givers.
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Hillary Hanzel

Hillary Hanzel

Hillary has an impassioned interest in the design of the public realm, particularly urban, pedestrian-oriented environments. She has always been drawn to great streets and their ability to weave societal, cultural, and environmental benefits throughout our cities. Formerly with the firm’s Ann Arbor office, she is currently a Landscape Architect for the Ann Arbor Department of Parks and Recreation.
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Aaron Humphrey

Aaron Humphrey

A true student of architecture, Aaron has a keen interest in all things design. He’s been engaged in many forms of art, including designing award-winning costumes and displaying his work in a series of art exhibitions. Hailing from the beautiful twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, he now resides and works in Washington DC. A self-described rebel, Aaron also blogs at Whiskey + Architecture, a blog/social networking organization which he founded with two former classmates and has now expanded to three cities.
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Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Michael likes to keep active-he bikes to the SmithGroupJJR Ann Arbor office almost every day and enjoys running, cycling, skiing and hiking, with his wife. That’s a good thing, considering his career as an urban designer and landscape architect keeps him on the move, too. “I’m hardly ever at my desk and spend almost as much of my time out of the office as in,” he notes with enthusiasm.
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Mary Jukuri

Mary Jukuri

The title “master planner” suits Mary well. She has a knack for looking at the big picture and distilling the input of many constituents into one coherent story. As senior principal for planning and design, she has led a broad range of projects for universities, communities and the private sector. And naturally, she’s inspired by well-planned cities. “I’m inspired by the complexity inherent in human behavior, and in cities as the physical expression of that complexity.”
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George Karidis

George Karidis

George is a born inventor. He found his place in SmithGroupJJR’s Science & Technology practice, folding innovative engineering solutions into the design of high-technology facilities. He is at the forefront of his field, utilizing combined cycle strategies, chilled beams, demand-controlled ventilation, thermal storage, high-performance fume hoods, and other innovative approaches.
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Eric Kirkland

Eric Kirkland

The director of engineering for SmithGroupJJR’s Phoenix office, Eric contributes more than 30 years of experience in engineering for building systems, including energy and life cycle analysis. His work has focused on the unique environmental design specifics that inform and influence the energy and sustainable performance of buildings.
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Bill Kline

Bill Kline

As the DC Health Studio Leader, Bill manages some of the firm’s most significant healthcare projects for clients such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Navy. They include the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Texas, two of the world’s most advanced rehabilitation facilities for wounded soldiers.
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Doug Kozma

Doug Kozma

“I enjoy physical transformations-turning ideas into reality,” explains Doug. “Landscape architecture and planning offer a large, integrated canvas on which to paint.” As co-leader of SmithGroupJJR’s Campus planning practice, Doug’s canvas is the academic environment. Doug focuses his talents, enthusiasm and substantial energy on master plans for public, private and community college campuses throughout the U.S.
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David Lantz

David Lantz

David is Corporate Practice Manager for the firm’s Campus, Urban Design and Waterfront practices. His 24-year background in marketing and communications includes 15 years in the AEC industry.
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Lauren Williams

Lauren Leighty

As a landscape architect and urban designer, Lauren focuses her talents on campus planning projects. “I began my career as a landscape architect focused on detailed design solutions for site-specific projects,” she explains. “Urban design allows me to combine my technical understanding of the physical environment with my desire to think at a higher altitude about problems affecting cities and campuses.”
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Greg Mella

Greg Mella

Greg was thinking green before much of our society thought about sustainability, or even heard of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. He brings an in-depth knowledge of environmentally-intelligent building materials and practices tp every project, and uses a “whole building” systems-oriented approach that examines how to integrate architecture with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to maximize shared benefits.
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Clint Menefee

Clint Menefee

Clint is a key player in SmithGroupJJR’s Recreation and Learning Studio, which means he spends a lot of time guiding the design and construction of recreation centers on university campuses. What a perfect fit for a guy who says his two passions are fitness and architecture. “I love the thought of being a part of creating healthy lifestyles in our young people,” he says. “In a campus setting, students are creating lifelong healthy habits, and our architecture can help facilitate that.”
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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen has 7 years of experience in marketing for the AEC industry. With her background in art and photography Jen is drawn to creative professionals and is passionate about the business of our highly creative industry. She is wired to keep moving, whether it be moving new ideas or solutions forward, or taking up one of favorite outdoor activities. In an industry that does not hold still she is right at home.
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Rob Moylan

Rob Moylan

Rob brings over two decades of experience in interior architectural design and project management, with a particular focus on sustainability. He has contributed to more than two dozen LEED projects, guiding several of them through the certification process, including LEED-CI Platinum ratings for both the offices for The Burgess Group as well as the Washington, DC office of SmithGroupJJR.
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Michael Nowicki

Michael Nowicki

An electrical engineer based in the Detroit office, Mike is responsible for developing the overall electrical design concepts for clients, including primary and secondary power distribution, lighting, telecommunications, fire alarm and security systems. He has developed an ever-expanding expertise in alternative energy technologies and is excited about the potential of new products that incorporate photovoltaics into materials such as window glass and roof shingles.
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Stephen Parker

Stephen Parker

As a self-diagnosed archi-nerd and leadership junky, Stephen’s love of architecture is only eclipsed by his love of Star Wars. When not dreaming up future sci-fi worlds, he enjoys learning to address a client’s future needs as an architect in the Washington, DC office. A vocal advocate, Stephen enjoys connecting people through design and serves as the National Advocacy Director for the AIA’s Young Architects Forum.
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Russell Perry

Russell Perry

Rus heads up SmithGroupJJR’s Washington, DC office and co-leads the firm’s corporate sustainability efforts. He is widely regarded as a thought leader on sustainable practices, helping guide the profession and its clients toward a balanced planning approach that views efficient use of resources and other sustainable principles as integral components of quality design.
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Don Posson

Don Posson

Don brings more than 25 years of experience in mechanical engineering and an infectious enthusiasm to his role as a SmithGroupJJR co-director of sustainable design. “I’ve known what I wanted to do since I was 10 years old,” he notes. “I can honestly say it’s even more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I just love the whole process of creating buildings.”
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Chris Purdy

Chris Purdy

Chris marvels at the changes in his career in the last couple of decades. “I began working for a small firm, doing everything from running blueprints to designing a vacation house,” he recalls. Today, as leader of the Detroit Learning Studio, Chris oversees master planning, renovation, expansion and new construction projects for higher education clients.
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Eric Schuchardt

Eric Schuchardt

Eric serves as a design lead on campus and urban planning projects for SmithGroupJJR. In addition to work, he enjoys teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, travelling and experiencing different cultures, and discovering the next best microbrewery.
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Jeff Stanton

Jeff Stanton

Jeff became an architect, like most architects, because of his love for design. Then, “I was fortunate to find great passion and creativity in sustainability as it relates to the built environment,” he explains. While serving as director of architecture for the Phoenix office, Jeff became one of the earliest LEED Accredited Professionals in the State of Arizona.
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Kim Swanson

Kim Swanson

Along with designing and managing projects at the forefront of sustainable design, Kim speaks at regional and national conferences to foster new ideas for the design community. Architecture seems to be the perfect fit with her inquisitive, open-minded attitude. “I like to solve problems and draw from the perspectives of others,” agrees Kim. “I look forward to making our buildings beautiful and highly functional.”
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David Varner

David Varner

“I’m wired to build things,” says David, who leads the Washington, DC Workplace Studio, “and the things I like to build require a group effort.” With more than 25 years of experience, David focuses on solutions for base building construction, build-to-suits, and mixed-use projects.
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Kristina von Tish

Kristina von Tish

A self-described “history nerd,” Kristina traces her love of architecture back to her high school gig as a costumed interpreter at a historic house. Later, while completing her master’s degree in museum studies, she led tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, where she delighted visitors with her descriptions of Wright’s personal and professional idiosyncrasies.
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Tengteng Wang

Tengteng Wang

Tengteng is a landscape and urban designer with a unique cross-disciplinary and multicultural background. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Urban Planning and Design from Nanjing University. His work in the U.S. and China has encompassed large-scale university campus master planning as well as urban planning and design.
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Lin Zhang

Lin Zhang

Since graduating from Clemson’s Architecture + Health master program, Lin has dedicated her career to healthcare design and planning. She loves problem solving and the complexity and challenges associated with healthcare planning and operations give her the perfect chance to get creative and make a better environment. In the past few years, she has focused on senior living and healthcare business development overseas while developing an expertise in cancer center design and planning. Outside of work, Lin enjoys Pilates and boxing and occasionally knits a warm scarf to survive San Francisco’s cold summer.
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