Technical Architect (7-15 yrs)

SMMA SMMA Employer:
Cambridge, MA, USLocation:
Wed, Jun 19 '24Posted on:

SMMA is seeking a technically minded architect with 7-15 years’ experience exhibiting a professional passion and unique set of skills to understand how to translate design objectives into built form.  In addition to possessing a deep knowledge of constructability and demonstrated collaboration and coordination involved in the DD and CD phases, the successful candidate is expected to excel within project teams and also serve as a technical resource to others within their firm. 

Besides having the opportunity to work on important and complex projects alongside peers who share a healthy balance of confidence and curiosity, you will also be working within the firm's 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. 

SMMA promotes 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 his/her professional career. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure adherence to the design intent during the SD through CA phases, focused primarily on technical leadership for the team. 

  • Research and specify materials, help detail constructible solutions, and advise on the integration of systems associated with the building envelope 

  • Serve as a technical resource across all project teams collaborating with internal building science specialists on best practices 

  • Conduct peer quality control review of various projects at major project milestones 

  • Assist other project teams throughout the office at times during the DD phase when possible giving insight to Identify challenges and opportunities 

  • Coordinate with engineering disciplines 


  • 7-15 years’ experience 

  • Architectural licensure 

  • LEED and other sustainable accreditations a plus 

  • Fluency with a BIM-centered workflow  

  • Excellence in written, visual, and verbal communication 

  • High emotional intelligence focused on teamwork 

  • 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. We are committed to providing an inclusive and equitable environment for our employees and our clients. 

SMMA focuses on several markets: K12, Advanced Technology, Development, Federal Government, Higher Education, Life Sciences, and Workplace. At SMMA, experienced teams in each market sector represent specialized communities of practice working together to foster knowledge flow around common interests. Together, the firm’s teams form a larger design ecosystem, sharing best practices and nurturing professional growth and project excellence. 

Please note: SMMA does not offer H-1B visa sponsorship for this position.

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