Every organization across all industries are challenged with the need for continuous innovation and agility to be successful. At SmithGroup, our workplace design strategy process assists organizations in identifying what their future looks like within their enterprise and how best to use both place and processes to create solutions that enable success.

Solving the right problems well always begins with asking the right questions. Collaborative and insightful, our process integrates strategy with design. Our approach provides a deep understanding of every client’s organization and, along with the sharing of best practices and insights, informs a unique strategy for each. Interdisciplinary design thinking allows us to create solutions for today’s evolving organizations. By thinking across expertise and integrating business acumen, we develop innovative strategies and design award-winning places that create success on our client’s terms.


Workplace Strategy SmithGroup

The firm’s award-winning market creates design solutions at every scale, from innovative small workspaces to complex corporate campus developments for public- and private-sector clients. 



Across a global network, we unite a diverse team of more than 200 Workplace specialists with decades of experience and expertise.






Alexis Kim SmithGroup Workplace Strategy

Alexis Kim, Principal Workplace Design Strategist

Alexis describes one of her roles as taking "a deeper dive to understand the strategic goals of a client. That informs the kind of design strategies that are more holistic to help propel them into the future." Alexis is pleased to see architecture evolving, "to respond to a changing world that is much more connected. We have a unique position as catalyst, connecting the physical world to business and people in a broader way."

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Amy Clark, Workplace Strategist

Amy has examined the statistics: Some studies estimate Americans will spend about a third of the total hours of their life working. “So any opportunity to improve a workplace—its space, its technology, its culture—is an opportunity to improve someone’s work experience,” she suggests. “That can result in real, positive change not only for the employee and the company, but also for our culture and society at large.” 

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Bob Varga

Bob Varga, Vice President, Architect

The Michigan chapter of the American Institute for Architects named Bob its "Young Architect of the Year" in 2010, and no wonder. Before age 40, he had already designed a long list of award-winning and memorable projects, including The Christman Building, the rehabilitation of a 1928 office building on the National Register of Historic Places that earned three LEED Platinum certifications. 

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SmithGroup was instrumental to the success of our client’s major metro area consolidation project; including programming 1,400 employees in 12 floors of vertical space, developing new space and furniture standards for use companywide and delivering a fresh, engaging workspace for current and future employees.

Dana English
Senior Vice President, JLL for Ally Financial Regional Headquarters Project


Flexibility is key

Flexibility is the Key in the Future of Work - Employees have been vying for more flexible work policies prior to the global pandemic. A quick review of the statistics shown above confirm that talent – or people, which are undeniably a company’s biggest asset – want more flexibility.

Office Design Think Tank Explores Employee Engagement and Workplace Culture - Workplace culture – which is embedded in a company’s policies, procedures, and practices – is paramount to fostering an environment where employees are engaged, feel valued, and are empowered to take ownership over when, where, and how they accomplish work-related tasks. 


Driving Culture in a Changing Environment: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 - The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the largest work-from-home experiment, forcing various industries to accept that the term “workplace” now includes any location where work can occur. 


Back to the (Future) Workplace - In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations around the world are grappling with how to safely bring employees back to their workplaces.

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Mark Adams
Vice President, Workplace Practice Director

(480) 302-0568
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