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SMMA Government Project Architect in Cambridge, Massachusetts

SMMA is seeking a talented architect with at least 10 years of professional experience to join our team focusing on design in the Government market sector.

We are privileged to have been selected to provide design services to Massport, DCAMM, and multiple Department of Defense agencies. Working with an integrated team of specialists, the candidate will bring experience in solving the unique challenges of this client type and navigating the special requirements, permitting, and energy needs often inherent to these projects. They will also have many opportunities to connect with peers servicing SMMA’s other market sectors: Corporate, Commercial, Life Science, Higher Education, K-12, and Advanced Technology.

SMMA offers a flexible hybrid working model while also maintaining a commitment to in-studio collaboration and relationship building. We promote a fast-paced, team-oriented, and fun environment that fosters intellectual and creative growth. The candidate will be encouraged to provide new ideas and share knowledge and design research that will advance the firm’s mission and their professional career.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Take an active role in all project phases, from schematic design through construction administration and including master planning efforts

  • Ability to work independently, lead project teams, and partner with knowledge experts to seek out design opportunities and apply best practices

  • Develop the documents to reinforce the design intent while balancing cost, code, constructability constraints, and client expectations

  • Communicate and keep other project team members engaged as the project team leader while mentoring junior staff

  • Conduct quality control review and enforce design guidelines


  • Bachelor of Architecture degree or Master’s degree

  • Architectural Registration with at least 10 years of professional experience, with a special interest in the Government market sector

  • Understanding or direct use of digital tools for BIM, 3D modeling, design visualization, and team and client communication (MS Teams preferred)

  • Strong leadership, written, verbal, graphic communication, and organizational skills


  • High level of interest in conceptual, technical, and managerial aspects of the building design process

  • Familiarity with the development of Contract Documents for Public Bid

  • Familiarity with government criteria, including Unified Facilities Criteria and other applicable military and government facility standards

    Digital portfolio and short cover letter must be submitted with the application for consideration.

    About the Firm

    SMMA is one of New England’s most unique design firms due to our composition, reputation, and focus. Cambridge-based since our incorporation in 1955, we offer an integrated, multidisciplinary environment driven by collaboration between architects, interior designers, engineers, technologists, researchers, and industry experts. We focus on building lasting relationships with strategic partners in both the public and private markets.

    As an employee-owned firm, we believe that good ideas are welcome from anywhere. Our work straddles seven markets—K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Commercial, Life Science, Federal Government, and Advanced Technology—with the opportunity to work across a wide range of projects and specialisms. We offer a fast-paced, team-oriented environment that promotes intellectual and creative growth.

    SMMA was founded by MIT and Rensselaer alumni who believed that the balance of architecture, engineering, interiors, and site design afforded clients the agility of a single source of creative and technical expertise. Today, we remain dedicated to this flexible, integrated approach. We are guided by a shared pursuit of design excellence, sustainability, and social responsibility.

    Company Perks

  • Employee-owned firm with Employee Stock Ownership Program

  • Hybrid work-from-home policy

  • Competitive benefits including paid time-off, company-funded MA Paid Family and Medical Leave, company-paid dental plan, company-paid life insurance, and 401(K) matching

  • Employee Assistance Program (includes confidential emotional support, legal guidance, and financial resources)

  • Mentor/protégé program

  • Educational reimbursement

  • Licensure and membership reimbursement

  • “Lunch and Learns” with internal and external speakers

    A Digital portfolio must be submitted for consideration. Please combine the resume and portfolio on one document or provide a portfolio link.

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