We design places

We design places to learn.

With a rich legacy of designing functional, flexible, forward-thinking educational environments, SMMA's focus on delivering the most effective spaces to learn is unwavering.

We are committed to designing spaces that foster curiosity and promote comprehension, capable of equipping the next generations of leaders and innovators with the tools they need to thrive in the 21st Century.

Arthur & Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies, Providence College

Higher Aims, Highest Collaboration

In response to the institution's desire to create a “community of innovation and impact,” SMMA’s design for Providence College's new School of Business building embraces the metaphor of crossroads/intersections. The Business School is not only woven into the fabric of the site, but will become the academic nexus of the eastern half of campus.

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SMMA's Alex Pitkin, AIA, MCPPO, Federal Government Studio Leader

Alex Pitkin


Senior Vice President

Alex leads SMMA's institutional practice and advises clients on planning, programming, and design strategy. With nearly 25 years of experience in the design of K-12 facilities at all grade levels, he is experienced in numerous new construction and renovation/restoration projects, and brings a wealth of experience to both higher education and commercial projects.

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Wellesley High School

Blending the Old and New

The Town of Wellesley sought to express its commitment to educational excellence through a new, community-focused high school. Our approach focused on maintaining educational activity, while accommodating physical transformations within the perimeters of an existing building and an established residential neighborhood. The new school offers the opportunity to better integrate users of all abilities.

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Exterior of Wellesley School

Quincy High School

Comprehensive, Not Vocational

The learning programs at the new Quincy High School are unlike those found in most traditional public high schools, and reflect a surprising range of goals for the school’s various learner groups. The design thoughtfully co-locates academic and technical programs, closely emulating real-life adjacencies and interactions.

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Lorraine Finnegan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, MCPPO, Project Manager

Lorraine Finnegan


Senior Vice President | K-12 Market Leader | Project Manager

Lorraine heads SMMA's K-12 Studio, and is responsible for leading all K-12 educational projects for both public and private school clients. She is skilled in managing a variety of project and building types, and expert in assessing strategy issues, such as whether to renovate or build new.

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Active Classrooms

Bridging the Gap

From huddle rooms to informal breakout spaces and video conferencing, "collaboration" is the buzz word in every corporate project. While recent K-12 design has focused on teaching children the power of teamwork and group thinking, many colleges and universities are behind the curve—playing catch-up and continually redefining pedagogy as a result.

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SMMA's Phillip Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEEP AP, Learning Environment Planner

Philip Poinelli


Learning Environment Planner

Phil has over 40 years' experience in the programming, design, and execution of projects for education, science, and research. He offers strategic direction to clients on future options and opportunities for their schools, and is recognized as a national leader in the master-planning and programming of K-12 learning environments.

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