Our design culture is the guiding truth that is woven throughout the organization and drives our mission to Design a Better Future. Our multidisciplinary approach places a high priority on the user experience, embraces complexity and thrives on challenging projects. We collaborate and problem-solve with the community, the client and our integrated in-house team. Our team creates the specific response that is holistic in design, equitable and sustainable, and elegant in its clarity and context.


Impactful Design through Diverse Perspectives

Watch design leaders Dayton Schroeter and Jame Anderson discuss how diverse perspectives from SmithGroup teammates, clients and communities lead to impactful work.



Design Week is held across the firm annually creating unique opportunities to showcase, develop and celebrate our design culture. From project tours to design challenges, this event expands our expertise to find innovative solutions.

Design Week
Design Week
Design Week Happy Hour Los Angeles
Design Week Design Tour



The SmithGroup National Design Awards explore projects that best reflect our design culture and mission. Each year we identify our top projects and then select an independent jury of design industry leaders to identify the best of the best. This not only gives us the opportunity to recognize our internal teams and their commitment to design excellence, but how we are creating innovative solutions for our clients.


Design Awards for Design Culture Page

The awards act as a springboard for the firm, critiquing and challenging ourselves to pursue ever-higher standards of excellence.  





Our design process is the creative arc of integrated design. This process is the foundation on how we approach every project. Clients are at the core of this process, allowing us to build a collaborative relationship with a long view. 

Our design process sets us up to help our clients understand their challenges, stakeholders, and aspirations and empowers us to Design a Better Future.  



Our internal design competitions provide an opportunity for teams to step outside of their day-to-day tasks and address unique design challenges for clients. This brings together talented teams from across the firm to provide clients with outstanding design solutions. 

Chris Larsen Park Sioux City Iowa

Sioux City Chris Larsen Park Riverfront Implementation

San Francisco AmeniPods Architecture

San Francisco AmeniPODS

Anacostia River Pool Competition Rendering Washington DC

Anacostia River Pool Competition

Downtown Grand Rapids Hill and River Network

Downtown Grand Rapids Hill and River Network