Michael Kyes


Architecture Team Leader


  • Michael joined SMMA in July 2015, drawn to the firm’s collaborative team culture and enthused about the opportunity to work with others to advance design excellence, enhance the firm’s research, and promote lean project delivery
  • Works across multiple disciplines to discover integrated design ideas, cooperative project opportunities, and team workflow improvements
  • Supports the firm’s commitment to applying appropriate technologies to project tasks, such as existing conditions documentation, spatial design and data visualization, and building information modeling (BIM)
  • Applies his extensive experience on a wide range of client project types 

Pushing the Boundaries of Technology and Design

In addition to assuming designer, project architect, project manager, and OPR responsibilities throughout his career, Mike has also worked on the front lines of technology implementation as the profession has matured from hand drawings to CAD to BIM and data-driven design validation. He is committed to a culture of innovation, inclusion, creativity, and fun. Beyond the walls of SMMA, Mike enjoys connecting with others, forging partnerships and sharing knowledge to help define the future of the AEC industry. This may take the shape of volunteering as a design juror at a local school, speaking at a conference, or leading a discussion of industry experts and newcomers at the Boston Society of Architects BIM Roundtable.

“The design process does not end with an inspired moment in the designer’s mind, but rather involves the entire project team as ideas are synthesized and transformed into something built.”

Architecture and Social Action

Mike serves as the Co-Director of the Boston Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and offers pro bono design and planning services to communities in need. Recently, he led a team to design a children’s home in Nepal to protect and care for 40 orphaned children at risk of being subjected to forced labor or human trafficking—a major concern in this struggling country.