Jerri Smith is an architect with over 35 years of design experience. Since joining KPF in 1981, she has developed particular expertise in the design of institutional and corporate facilities and has worked on a number of the firm’s most prominent projects.
Currently, Jerri is design team leader of the second phase of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Phase 2 includes Blau Hall, a new academic building of 100,000 GSF; the full renovation and re-clad of the Kresge Building (140,000 GSF); and the over-clad of two other buildings and a parking garage--completing the architectural unification of the Ross School. Jerri was also the Senior Designer for Phase 1 for the Ross School of Business—a 278,000 GSF academic building and the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Society of American Registered Architects’ Design Award of Honor (2009) and the Chicago Athenaeum’s International Architecture Award (2007).
Concurrently, Jerri is working on design development of the multi-disciplinary master plan for the Sandy Resiliency and Renewal Program at New York City Housing Authority’s Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn NY. The plan replaces, improves and provides new construction for resilient infrastructure and architecture on the 34-acre site heavily damaged during hurricane Sandy.
Jerri led the design team of the NYU College of Nursing, Dentistry, and Bioengineering, a 171,000 GSF academic building shared by three colleges with classrooms, nursing simulation space, a Learning Commons, laboratories, student services and departmental offices. She also led the design team for the McCord Hall at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, a 129,000 GSF facility that houses instructional spaces, faculty and administrative offices, student and career services, and various social spaces for graduate programs.
Additional academic facilities for which Jerri was the Senior Designer include the Science Teaching and Student Services Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, William H. Gates Hall at University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, the Walter B. Ford II Building at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, and a study for the new Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, a 120,000-SF state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary research teaching complex at the University of California-Los Angeles.
Her government experience includes serving as Senior Designer for the Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse in Buffalo, New York and the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon,—both recipients of GSA Design Excellence Awards Citations.
Some of Jerri’s most notable corporate headquarters projects include the multiple award-winning Gannett/USA Today Headquarters in McLean, Virginia, a recipient of the AIA National Chapter Honor Award for Architecture, as well as the IBM Worldwide Headquarters in Armonk, New York.
Her Master Planning work includes a 12-million-SF master plan for Earls’ Court in London, and a master plan for the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai.
Jerri has taught design at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City, Cornell University, The Catholic University in Washington D.C., New Jersey Institute of Technology, and New York Institute of Technology. Following September 2001, Jerri worked with the Growth Strategies Committee of New York New Visions, contributing to discussion, white papers, and public discourse on the future of Lower Manhattan and the WTC Site.
Her professional experience outside KPF includes working as an urban designer with Koetter Kim Architects in London. She received her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Cornell University, where she studied under Colin Rowe, and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Summa Cum Laude, from The Ohio State University.