SmithGroup Promotes Ed Burton, Sven Shockey and Cheryl Zuellig to Vice President

Science & technology, design and landscape architecture experts elevated

SmithGroup, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, has promoted Ed Burton, Sven Shockey and Cheryl Zuellig to vice president.   

Ed Burton, RIBA, is promoted to vice president, continuing in his role as director of the firm’s Science & Technology Practice, which provides programming, planning and design of renovation, expansion and new construction projects for academic science, corporate research, technology park, mission critical and forensic clients. A native of England, Burton has more than 25 years of experience in managing large and complex science and technology projects spanning three continents. Among his past clients are the Francis Crick Institute, Eli Lilly, University of Southern California, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Skolkovo Foundation, Dow Chemical Company, Pfizer, Merck and AstraZeneca. Burton is currently working with several SmithGroup clients, including the University of California San Diego and National Institutes of Health.

Educated in the United Kingdom, Burton received an MBA from the prestigious Cranfield University School of Management, and also earned two architecture degrees – a Post Graduate Diploma and Bachelor of Arts – from the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham. He is a Chartered Architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In the U.S., he is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Green Associate. Among Burton’s professional memberships is the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Burton is based at SmithGroup’s Detroit office.

Cheryl Zuellig, RLA, ASLA, is promoted to vice president, continuing in her role of SmithGroup’s Director of Sites. A registered landscape architect, Zuellig recently led the urban design effort in the creation of a long range master plan for Community Regional Medical Center’s campus in downtown Fresno, California. She also served as lead designer for Middlegrounds Metropark, recently opened in downtown Toledo, Ohio along the Maumee River, for which she led the development of an innovative storm water treatment system. Over the past 15 years with SmithGroup, Zuellig has worked with a wide range of the firm’s practices, including Urban DesignHealth and Workplace, for clients such as General Motors Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Olympia Entertainment, Beaumont Health System, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Emory University Hospital.  

Zuellig earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University, where she remains active as a member of its Landscape Architecture Alumni Advisory Board. Among her professional organizations is the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA.)

A resident of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Zuellig currently services as vice chair of the Ypsilanti Planning Committee. She works at the SmithGroup office in Ann Arbor.

Sven Shockey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is promoted to vice president, retaining his title of Director of Design. With special expertise in design for the workplace sector, among his most significant projects is the new $60 million, 150,000-square foot, DC Water Headquarters building, now under construction along the waterfront of the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, DC and targeting LEED Platinum. Shockey has also led the design of more than a dozen of the firm’s workplace interior projects for clients like the Advisory Board Company and Evolent Health.

In addition to his design of some of SmithGroup’s most significant workplace projects, Shockey has contributed to a variety of mixed-used and institutional projects, including the recently completed Stephen A. Levin Building at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, which in September 2016 was honored by the Washington, DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He also leads the design of large-scale, mixed-use development master plans, including the transformative Scotts Run master plan in Tysons Corner, Virginia for Cityline Partners.

Shockey joined SmithGroup in 1998 as a project architect and ascended through the ranks to be elected to the firm’s Board of Directors in 2015. The Vernon, Connecticut native earned a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester, followed by a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the AIA and Urban Land Institute, and serves as a trustee of the Federal City Council in Washington, DC.

Shockey, who both lives and works in Washington, DC, is based at SmithGroup’s office located at 1700 New York Avenue.  

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