Studio Leaders

         SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, has named principal and mixed-use specialist Michelle Ray, AIA, to serve as workplace studio leader at its Phoenix, Arizona, office.  In her new position, Ray will continue to work with Phoenix leadership to expand the firm’s workplace and mixed-use expertise and create environments that support the evolving needs of business leaders in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.  Ray received a Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She is a licensed architect, a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and is recognized as a LEED® Accredited Professional.

         “The workplace of today is one of continuous transformation.  Ray’s focus on holistic design and her ability to find elegant solutions to multifaceted challenges make her a great partner for workplace clients,” said Lise Newman, director of SmithGroup’s workplace practice.

         With more than 25 years of experience, Ray has been involved in several large retail, office, multifamily residential, and hospitality projects.  She builds empowered and focused design teams to solve the complex challenges presented by mixed-use projects.  Ray is currently leading the design of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Class A office building.  She is co-founder and co-chair of Arizona Kids Build, an award-winning student mentoring program aimed at teaching elementary school students how the built environment affects both their well-being and the world around them.  Using a hands-on learning experience, the Arizona Kids Build program has reached over 850 students in Phoenix.

         SmithGroup has hired Kevin Nyhoff as a principal and a lead designer at the firm’s San Diego, California, office.  He will enhance the design culture of both the San Diego and Los Angeles, California, offices, and work to strengthen the firm’s growing presence in the San Diego area.  Nyhoff brings more than 25 years of experience in high-profile cultural, higher education, mixed-use, multifamily residential, and workplace projects across the United States and Canada.  Throughout his career, Nyhoff’s commitment to caring for both people and the planet has enabled him to create sustainable, innovative, award-winning projects.

         Nyhoff will focus on design and collaborate with teams across the Los Angeles and San Diego offices to help clients find innovative design solutions.  Nyhoff graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies Degree and Master of Architecture Degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He is a licensed architect and a member of the Alberta Association of Architects.  A native of Alberta, Canada, he currently resides in San Diego.

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