SMMA K-12 Education Architect (8-20 years’ experience) in Cambridge, Massachusetts
SMMA is seeking talented architects with demonstrated K-12 experience to fill two key roles within our thriving K-12 Studio, designing public and private school projects. The roles of Project Architect and Job Captain will have the opportunity to work on some of the area’s largest and most cutting-edge new school commissions to be completed over the next several years. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on some of the area’s largest and most cutting-edge new school commissions to be completed over the next several years.
Along with drawing from a rich knowledge base and an award winning portfolio of school projects over the past 20+ years, you will also be working within the firms integrated design model — a dynamic and innovative mix of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, site and building systems engineers, design technologists, researchers, planners, and doers.Key Responsibilities:
Identify opportunities and develop alternative concepts to solve complex design problems
Assist project team to research and specify materials, products, and systems working with our internal Specifications Writer and project consultants
Collaborate with internal building science specialists and project consultants on the development of building envelope details
Collaborate with internal and consultant engineers to integrate site, structure, and MEP systems
Ensure adherence to the design intent during the CA phase
Serve as a technical resource across all project teams
Project Architects conduct peer quality control review of other projects at major project milestones
Professional degree; Master’s degree preferred
8-20 years’ experience, some dedicated to K-12 projects
LEED and other sustainable accreditations a plus
Fluency with a BIM-centered workflow and digital tools
Excellence in written, visual, and verbal communication
High emotional intelligence
Flexible, proactive, and curious
About the Firm
SMMA remains one of the area’s most unique design firms due to its composition, reputation, and focus. Cambridge-based since its incorporation in 1955, the firm focuses on creating lasting relationships with strategic partners in both the public and private markets.
The firm was founded by MIT 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, SMMA continues its dedication to a flexible integrated approach while remaining guided by a shared pursuit of design excellence and social responsibility.
SMMA is organized into five studios of market focus: Corporate and Commercial, Federal Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Science and Technology. At SMMA, studios represent specialized communities of practice working together to foster knowledge flow around common interests. Together, the firm’s studios form a larger design ecosystem, sharing best practices and nurturing professional growth and project excellence.
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)
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.
SMMA does not offer H-1B visa sponsorship for this position.
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