SmithGroupJJR, a national design firm, has promoted Stephanie Mitrovic, AIA, to science and technology studio leader and Russ Sanders, AIA, to workplace studio leader at the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona, office.

         Mitrovic will cultivate the studio, maintain client relationships, and build new avenues to connect with future clients.  In her prior role as lead interior designer, she was involved with some of the firm’s most noteworthy science and technology and workplace projects.  Mitrovic is a licensed architect and registered interior designer whose primary focus has been science and technology, higher education, and corporate clients.

         Mitrovic received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in interior design from Virginia Commonwealth University followed by a Master of Architecture Degree from Arizona State University.  She holds architectural registration in Arizona, is certified with the National Council of Interior Design Qualification as an exam ambassador, and is a member of the AIA. 

         Sanders will oversee the studio’s project delivery and business development efforts throughout the Southwest United States region.  Sanders was previously a leader in the office’s workplace studio and served in the role of senior project manager, where he focused on the development and management of complex architectural projects.

         Sanders is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in design and a Master of Architecture Degree.  He is a registered architect in Arizona, and plays an active role in AIA’s Phoenix chapter where he previously served as president and chairman of the Virtual Design and Construction Committee.

         According to Brad Woodman, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Phoenix office director, the promotions are an integral part of the office’s mission to bring new and innovative strategies and approaches to its clients.  “Mitrovic’s expertise in collaborating with clients to look at projects beyond their current needs will help us exceed our clients’ expectations.  Sanders’ leadership skills and ability to integrate the latest technology will enhance our efforts to advance the quality of our work,” Woodman said.  “They will bring new insight and fresh perspectives to our leadership team, and I am confident they will excel in their respective roles and position us to further grow our science and technology and workplace practices.”

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