Exterior Rendering of College Student Center
Interior Rendering of College Student Center
Design of McCarthy Dining Commons, Framingham State University
Design Rendering for Community College Health & Nursing Sciences
Design rendering of humanities building
Concannon Fitness Center Design Interior and Exterior
Interior and exterior design of Schneider Hockey Arena
Atrium image of Providence College School of Business
Interior and exterior design of Harvard Semitic Museum and Gallery
Elevated Athletic Field and Parking Garage, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
College dorm rooms

Higher Education

SMMA is inspired when working closely with universities and colleges to help them advance their educational mission. By embracing their goals and developing a unique understanding of each institution's needs, our team designs spaces that enhance the campus experience and respond to a new generation of active and digitally oriented learners and educators.

Shifting Dynamics

University campuses are departing from conventional spaces to embrace diverse choices in educational and social environments. As a research-based firm, SMMA understands the stakeholder engagement needs of the academic world. We work in partnership with colleges and universities to achieve consensus among administration, faculty, students, and donors.

Stewardship and Transformation

Our architects, engineers, master planners, and landscape architects work in harmony with campus architects and facilities professionals to achieve a shared stewardship and a holistic transformation of institutional buildings and landscapes. The results are completed projects inspired by and aligned with the missions, cultures, and traditions of our higher education clients.

Arthur & Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies, Providence College

Higher Aims, Highest Collaboration

In response to Providence College's desire to create a “community of innovation and impact,” SMMA’s design for the School of Business embraces the metaphor of crossroads and intersections. This layered concept operates on three levels in defining an environment supportive of the rich and complex network of relationships that foster community and the development of leadership skills essential to business innovation and ethical social action.

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Expert Opinion

Defining the Heart of the Campus

A student center serves as a campus’s heart. It is reflective of the school’s culture, and is a place for students to go day and night. We have created a design concept that weaves together student life, athletics, and recreational sports—housed in three separate buildings—into a cohesive whole.

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McCarthy Dining Commons Addition, Framingham State University

Beautifying the Commons

Program and dining opportunities at Framingham State University’s McCarthy Campus Center were severely constrained by an existing plan that strung out seating in an embedded floor level, where no combination of appropriate ceiling height and column-spacing could support celebratory events. Only 50 of the existing 500 seats had direct views to the outdoors.

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Join Our Team!

We are always looking for talented, motivated individuals who thrive on collaboration and are passionate about design. If you think you'd be a good fit, we'd love to hear from you. Visit our Careers page to check out our open positions.

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