News Release


Maria Martinico Hired to Lead SmithGroupJJR’s New Workplace Studio

Los Angeles-based Workplace Studio will expand quality, depth of workplace design expertise in Central and Southern California

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation's largest integrated design firms, has hired Maria Martinico, CID, IIDA, LEED AP, as a principal and leader of its new Los Angeles-based Workplace studio. She will be responsible for expanding the company’s portfolio of workplace interiors, asset repositioning, hospitality, corporate headquarters, and ground-up core and shell projects from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. 

Martinico possesses nearly 30 years of experience in the planning, design, implementation and management of a range of commercial project types. She comes to SmithGroupJJR from Gensler, where she spent 18 years and most recently served as director of Workplace at its San Diego office. Her career includes work for many notable organizations, such as Disney, Toyota, Edwards LifeSciences, Broadcom, Experian, Nationstar, John Deere, and Mission Federal Credit Union, among others.

“Clients across industries are increasingly engaging SmithGroupJJR to create workspaces and campuses to improve recruiting, retention, productivity, engagement and branding,” said Lise Newman, director of the firm’s Workplace Practice nationwide. “Maria understands the challenges and opportunities related to creating and maintaining today’s sophisticated workplace environments. West coast-based clients will benefit from the expertise and leadership that she brings to their projects.”

SmithGroupJJR’s Workplace Practice provides comprehensive planning, strategy and design services that help premier companies from across the U.S. create work environments that improve their organizations’ financial bottom lines. Notable clients include Microsoft, Google, GoDaddy, The Advisory Board Company, Ford, Ally Financial, and  Exelon Corporation, among others. Adding Martinico to the practice’s leadership team supports SmithGroupJJR’s strategic plan to expand its position as a top workplace design firm in central and southern California.

Martinico earned a Bachelor of Science in interior design from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated from Chapman University with a Master’s of Business Administration. She is a certified interior designer in California and an active member of industry leading organizations, including the International Interior Design Association, the U.S. Green Building Council, and CoreNet Global, where she serves on its Board of Directors.

SmithGroupJJR ( is a nationally recognized, fully-integrated design firm with more than 1,100 employees in 10 offices in the U.S. and a presence in Shanghai, China. The firm serves clients in the workplace, health, higher education, science & technology, cultural, urban design, and waterfront arenas. A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroupJJR has over 420 LEED professionals and 167 LEED certified projects.


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Christy Wolfe