James Deitzer


Senior Project Architect


  • Jim provides design, project architect, and coordination services on large-scale, complex projects for SMMA clients
  • Draws on background in health sciences in designing and coordinating complex projects with a high level of detail
  • Known for his approachable, studied demeanor in collaborating as a trusted advisor for clients
  • Develops high-performing individuals and teams that excel at communicating with clients, forging lasting relationships and delivering innovative designs   
  • Serves on the Boston Society of Architects' Higher Education Committee and is active in the Society for College and University Planning; volunteers on several Boston Architectural College thesis review committees 

Innovative Advising 

Having worked with Providence College since 2001, Jim has overseen several renovations and new construction projects, and also contributed to the College’s master planning. “When we first started working on the Concannon Fitness Center, it was a very small project. I was doodling during our meeting, as I often do, and quickly saw a greater potential. My quick sketches helped them realize this, too. We built three integrated buildings, a unique campus entrance and center, and an important recruiting tool for the College.” 

“I see design as a process,” explains Jim. “You get better results by going through many different options. Drawing and sketching are invaluable—they're great ways of explaining things to clients quickly and exploring new ideas together."

Focus on Mentorship

“I pride myself on developing-high performing architects and teams,” says Jim.  “Early in my career, I had two influential mentors to whom I’m indebted: John Scott and Rick Gibson. John honed my work ethic and taught me how to treat clients, consultants, and contractors. Rick taught me about construction, how to detail and specify a building, and what makes a good martini!”

“Now, I try to always be the ‘go-to’ guy for any questions, and serve as a resource that others depend on,” he explains. “It’s important that everyone feels included, spends as much time with the client and on site as possible, and capitalizes on their strengths. I pour myself into growing others here at SMMA—through the formal program organized at the office, as well as through informal conversations and taking the time to revise drawings in detail.”