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SmithGroupJJR is an architectural firm headquartered in Guardian Building in Detroit, Michigan. As of 2016, it ranks among the top 10 Architecture firms according to and as the United States' seventh largest architecture and engineering firm (Building Design & Construction, July 2015). The firm is composed of client industry-focused practices serving Campus, Community, Waterfront, Health, Learning, Science & Technology, and Workplace markets. The firm has offices in ten cities: Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Madison, Phoenix, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. The firm employs 800.

Established in Detroit in 1853 by architect Sheldon Smith, SmithGroupJJR, along with Luckett and Farley, is the longest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the United States that is not a wholly owned subsidiary.[1]

In 2000, the firm changed its name from Smith, Hinchman & Grylls to SmithGroup. In 2011, the firm incorporated its sister firm, JJR, into its current name.

The firm expanded outside North America by opening an office in Shanghai, China, in December 2013. [2]

Notable architects from SmithGroupJJR include Minoru Yamasaki, Wirt C. Rowland, and C. Howard Crane.


Edward H. McNamara Terminal Detroit Metropolitan Airport


  1. ^ Cramer, James P. (2005). Almanac of Architecture and Design. Atlanta, GA: Greenway Communications. p. 348. ISBN 0-9675477-9-2. 
  2. ^ Criswell, Jakita (9 December 2013). "Architectural Firm SmithGroupJJR Launches Office in Shanghai, China". DBusiness Magazine. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Original Smith, Hinchman & Grylls building plan sheets
  4. ^ a b c d American Institute of Architects application
  5. ^ "Smith, Hinchman & Grylls". Michigan Modern. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3. 
  • Meyer, Katherine Mattingly and Martin C.P. McElroy with Introduction by W. Hawkins Ferry, Hon A.I.A. (1980). Detroit Architecture: A.I.A. Guide Revised Edition. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4. 
  • Thomas J Holleman & James P Gallagher (1978). Smith, Hinchman & Grylls: 125 Years of Architecture and Engineering, 1853-1978. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1615-8. 

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