Burke on Back Bay EcoDistrict Panel

February 5, 2016

Most everyone, by now, has at least a passing familiarity with green building and the notions of sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship. Less known is the fact that many communities—both in the U.S. and abroad—are applying these concepts and principles at the neighborhood level, forming what are called “EcoDistricts.” Proponents hope that, by addressing city sustainability efforts on a micro scale, transformative, macro-level results can be achieved.

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IIDA Newsletter Spotlights Manley

January 18, 2016

SMMA’s Melanie Manley, an interior designer in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Studio, was recently featured in the New England Chapter of the International Interior Design Association’s IIDANE Wire newsletter. A graduate of the organization’s Emerging Leaders program, Melanie talks about her decision to pursue a career in interior design, her creative inspirations, and her proudest achievements to date.

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Smith, Farias Named Principals

January 7, 2016

SMMA is pleased to announce that Jessica Smith, Director of the firm’s Technology Studio, and Ryan Farias, Director of Marketing, have been appointed principals. They join a group of 25 professionals with decades of industry experience whose backgrounds span numerous areas of expertise. As principals, they will share in the responsibility of maintaining the health of the firm, guiding its continued growth and shaping its strategic vision for the future.

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Finding Ways to Give Back

December 14, 2015

SMMA recently capitalized on an ideal opportunity to make good on our pledge to engage Somerville High School students in the process of revitalizing their own educational environment. Project Director Alex Pitkin and the School Building Committee sought a brochure that could be easily distributed to the community at strategic locations throughout the City, emphasizing project transparency by outlining objectives and status. Through discussion with staff, Project Architect Matt Rice, a Somerville resident, identified an opportunity to involve students in design and production efforts.

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