Brian Black Joins Architecture Practice

Brian Black Joins SMMA Symmes Maini McKee Associates Architecture Practice

SMMA is pleased to welcome Brian Black, AIA, LEED AP, to its Architecture Practice. While Brian’s background spans a wide range of project and client types—from cultural institutions and government facilities, to laboratories and retail spaces—his immediate responsibilities with SMMA will chiefly fall in the realms of higher education and K-12.

Brian comes to the firm from Somerville-based Safdie Architects, headed by Moshe Safdie, FAIA. Notable among his experience is the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, for which he served as project architect. In 2012, he moved to China, where he played an integral role in both establishing an office for his former practice and directing mixed-use-development projects in Shanghai and Chongqing. Prior to that position, he worked under Ted Szostkowski, former Director of SMMA’s Higher Education Studio, during their shared time at Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects.

“I had the pleasure of seeing Brian develop early in his career," Ted said. "I fondly recall watching him grow as an architect, assuming project responsibilities of increasing scale and complexity. I am thrilled that he’s decided to bring his design talents to SMMA, and look forward to resuming what was always a fruitful, collaborative relationship.”


Brian's hiring bolsters Higher Education and K-12 Studios that, most recently, secured design commissions for the College of the Holy Cross’s recreation center/field house and the City of Waltham’s high school. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from Suffolk University and Boston Architectural College, respectively.