SmithGroupJJR Names New Managing Partners


DETROIT — SmithGroupJJR, an architecture, engineering, and planning firm, has named Mike Medici, Russ Sykes, and Troy Thompson as managing partners to assume corporate leadership of the firm.

Medici, Sykes, and Thompson replace Carl Roehling and Randy Swiech, who since 2001 served as president & CEO and chief operating officer, respectively. Both Roehling and Swiech will continue to practice with the firm and remain on its board of directors. David R. H. King continues in his role as chairman.

Medic will head the company’s eight client industry-focused practices and marketing. A nearly 35-year veteran with the firm, Medici formerly served as learning practice leader. He started with SmithGroupJJR at its Detroit office and later relocated to direct the firm’s office in Phoenix.

Medici, a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects. He graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in architecture  and a bachelor of architecture. 

Sykes will lead the company’s 10 offices and focus on the firm’s project delivery process and operations. Previously, he managed the Science and Technology studio at the Detroit office and also served as director of China operations. Sykes joined SmithGroupJJR as an electrical engineer and through the years was promoted to management roles at the firm’s 200-employee Detroit office, including director of operations and office director.

A professional engineer, Sykes graduated with a Bachelor’s in architectural engineering from Pennsylvania State University. 

Thompson will direct the company’s initiatives in talent development, research, knowledge management, and innovative planning, and design tools and processes. He formerly served as the director of operations for the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, having joined the firm as a principal in the learning and cultural studios.

A specialist in historic preservation, Thompson has played a major role in growing the firm’s Cultural Practice. Thompson is a registered architect and member of the AIA, Association for Preservation Technology International, and the Society of Architectural Historians. He holds a Master’s  in American history from George Mason University, preceded by bachelor of architecture and Bachelor of Science in philosophy from Ball State University.