SmithGroupJJR Names Workplace Practice Leader


Lise Newman, has been promoted to workplace practice leader at SmithGroupJJR, a Detroit-based architecture, engineering, interiors, and planning firm. She was previously director of the firm’s Workplace Studio.

Newman will head the firm’s planning and design work for corporate headquarters, campus development, workplace interiors, speculative office buildings, hospitality, retail and multi-family/high-rise residential buildings for both public and private sector clients. In her new role, Newman is focusing on expanding the practice’s portfolio of major headquarter buildings, large-scale corporate campuses, and workplace strategy projects.

Newman conducts the SmithGroupJJR Workplace Advisory Board, a forum comprised of corporate and institutional real estate executives, workplace strategy leaders, facility directors and human resource professionals. The group convenes annually to share insights into emerging trends, and challenges and opportunities related to creating and maintaining sophisticated workplace environments.

Elected to the SmithGroupJJR board of directors in last year, Newman has more than 30 years of experience. Previously, she was owner and principal-in-charge of her own workplace-design focused firm, Landry + Newman Architecture, in Birmingham.

Newman, of Birmingham, is a licensed architect in Michigan and California. Among her professional affiliations are the American Institute of Architects Michigan and Detroit chapters, Commercial Real Estate Wome – Detroit chapter, CoreNet, and the Urban Land Institute.

She earned a Bachelor of Architecture and was class valedictorian at the University of Texas at Austin.