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Monika Smith



  • Architecture
  • Higher Education
  • Performing Arts
  • Senior Associate
Monika Smith
  • Senior Associate
“Each project requires research and problem-solving skills to find the best solution for the client, user, and the environment.”

Monika applies DLR Group’s integrated design approach to the firm’s major modernization work in existing and historic buildings. Her blend of experience working the United States and Europe translates to a high level of design sophistication balanced with practical experience from executing construction projects. She is a strong advocate for the use of building information modeling (BIM) technology to enhance project documentation critical to coordinated work in existing buildings. Throughout each project, Monika looks for opportunities to promote integrated design practices and achieve more efficient, value-driven solutions for clients. She is actively involved in the American Institute for Architects, and has particularly enjoyed her tenure as the co-chair of the High Performance Buildings Committee of AIA D.C.

Monika has provided leadership on significant projects, including 200,000-SF renovations and up-fits in spatially constrained buildings. Her career focus has been on workplace, cultural and performing arts, higher education, and historic preservation work. Her notable work includes management of the multi-phased renovation of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a complex project involving a fully occupied 19th century landmark building and an adjacent 1920s-era building overlaid with a fine arts and higher education brief. Monika believes that high performance design will lead the way as designers take on the quest to create buildings that continue to push the envelope in sustainability.