Transit-Oriented Developments: Defining Convenience

Brian Lawlor, PE, LEED AP BD+C

In this Q&A, SMMA Principal Brian Lawlor shares his thoughts on where he sees the transit-oriented development trend heading in the future, how it’s impacting the Greater Boston Area, and what obstacles developers have to navigate when designing projects of this nature.

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Interior Design Teaming

An Argument for Recognition

Marie Fitzgerald, IIDA

Currently, 27 states require some form of regulatory licensure for practitioners to legally use the title of “interior designer”—and Massachusetts is not one of them. This contributes to an uneven playing field and creates a number of disadvantages for designers in the Commonwealth.

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Example of Special Education Classroom

Inclusion and the Typical Classroom

Kate Jessup, RA

Special education is an umbrella under which many niche groups reside. When a district adopts a policy of inclusion, many special needs students spend most of their day in general education classrooms, with both a special education teacher and a classroom teacher.

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SMMA's Life Science Studio

Target-Value Design

A Q&A with SMMA's Life Science Studio on the process and benefits of Target-Value Design (TVD). From budget planning to establishing program requirements, our studio leaders came up with insight and answers about the process of designing to cost.

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