SmithGroupJJR Names New Workplace Studio Leader


DETROIT— SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has hired architect Lise Newman, AIA, as workplace studio leader at its Detroit office.

Newman comes to SmithGroupJJR after serving as part owner and principal-in-charge of design at Landry + Newman Architecture in Birmingham. In her new role at SmithGroupJJR, Newman will work closely with Detroit and corporate leadership in business development and marketing efforts as well as leading local, regional and national projects.

Newman’s 25-year career has been dedicated to the programming, planning and design of corporate, educational, and recreational facilities. Her most notable projects, all in Michigan, include the 120,000-square-foot Mercedes-Benz financial headquarters in Farmington Hills; the 320,000-square-foot Trinity Health corporate headquarters in Livonia; and the 100,000-square-foot corporate headquarters for Taubman Centers Inc. in  Bloomfield Hills. In addition to Michigan, Newman is a licensed architect in California.

“Lise brings to the table the ‘big picture’ of design possibilities for our clients,” said Jeff Hausman, AIA, LEED AP, director of SmithGroupJJR’s Detroit office. “With her experience running her own firm, Lise’s business acumen is very high.  Technically, her programming and planning skills are the best in the business.”

Newman graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.This was preceded by an undergraduate study in business administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.  Among her professional affiliations are the American Institute of Architects Michigan (AIAMI) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Detroit chapter.