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SmithGroupJJR Promotes Lori Cappuccio to Higher Education Studio Leader at Washington, DC Office

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest integrated design firms, has promoted Lori Cappuccio, AIA, LEED AP, to Higher Education Studio leader at its Washington, DC office.

In her new role, Cappuccio will focus on the needs of the office’s current clients and grow market share in the robust higher education market on the east coast. She previously served as the office’s architectural discipline lead, where she acted as a local resource and helped advance project delivery methods, strengthened integrated practices, and advocated for quality design.

“Lori Cappuccio’s expertise in developing spaces for engagement and collaboration has been celebrated by our higher education clients across the Mid Atlantic region,” said David Varner, director of SmithGroupJJR’s Washington, DC office. “Her natural leadership skills, creativity and energy, coupled with the talented team around her, exemplifies our ability to excite our clients and enhance their educational missions.”

Since joining the firm in 1998 as an architect, Cappuccio has successfully led design and project delivery for a wide range of projects, including the American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC; George Mason University Founders Hall, Fairfax, Virginia; Gallaudet University Sorenson Language and Communication Center in Washington, DC; Old Dominion University New Chemistry Building – Physical Science Phase I, Norfolk, Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Nursing and Instructional Building.

A mentor to young professionals and an advocate for women in the profession, Cappuccio has put her leadership skills to work outside the office. She served as a tour guide and volunteer for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Women's Leadership Summit in 2017 and was a member of the Lecture Series Committee for DC Women in Architecture in both 2014 and 2015.

Cappuccio is a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude. She is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional. A native of Grand Blanc, Michigan, Cappuccio currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia.

More about SmithGroupJJR, Washington, DC

For over 50 years, SmithGroupJJR has designed many of the most noteworthy buildings in Washington, DC, working with leading clients from the higher education, cultural, corporate, healthcare, and government sectors. Recently completed projects in Washington, DC designed by the office include the landmark National Museum of African American History and Culture; a two-flag hotel (Canopy by Hilton and Hyatt House) that is part of the first phase of Wharf DC,  $2.5 billion mixed-use waterfront development; and the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible, which opened in November 2017 near the National Mall.  In early 2018, the new $55 million, world-class headquarters for DC Water will complete construction along the waterfront of the Anacostia River.

SmithGroupJJR ( is ranked as the nation’s 7th largest architecture and engineering firm by Building Design + Construction magazine (July 2017). The firm employs more than 1,100 staff across 11 offices.



Christa Montgomery