Reinventing the Way We Deliver

The design industry is evolving, and Gresham Smith is leading the way by fostering a culture and an environment where our staff are encouraged to bring innovative new ideas to our clients. No longer just a design firm, we’re taking a technology-driven approach to invest in new tools and services that reinvent the way we deliver high-quality solutions for our clients.


To respond to the challenges our industry faces and strengthen our practice, we’ve created our own Innovation Incubator, which we’re calling Studio-X. It provides staff at all levels with elbow room, financial support and mentoring expertise to develop new products or services that can change the way we do things in each of our markets and disciplines.


Our Studio-X initiative is producing results, one of which is MPATH, a revolutionary, patented approach that quantifies how people experience places, providing invaluable insights to planners, designers, and stakeholders on user-centric design responses. MPATH effectively measures the levels of comfort and stress experienced by users and enables the identification of critical pain-points, which are often indicative of confusion or potential safety issues.

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Futures Lab

Our Futures Lab initiative serves as a key knowledge-sharing resource for the entire firm to use that has insights on specific domains that we see driving disruption and innovation. We use this knowledge to help the firm get ahead of industry and technology-driven trends in order to shape strategic thinking about the future of our practice.

Practice Technology

Whether it’s helping us to create new efficiencies or automate the design process, our practice technology group serves as a resource to elevate our firm’s delivery of services.

Hacker League

To continue to elevate our digital skills and foster curiosity among our staff, we’ve established our own Hacker League that meets regularly and even holds an annual hackathon. Our mission is to build community among peers and across disciplines, markets and geographic locations. Staff from across the firm are encouraged to participate in what we see as a social sandbox for sharing personal passions around technology and digital issues.


New MPATH App Debuts at NACTO Conference

We’ve rolled out a new app for our MPATH technology, a revolutionary, patented approach that quantifies how people experience places, providing invaluable insights to planners, designers, and stakeholders on user-centric design responses.

Behavior Mapping: Taking Care of the Caregivers Through Technology

Can the built environment help reduce burnout among nurses? Read about our two-year research study to find out.

Gresham Smith Innovation Award Winner

Interior Designers Anna Claire Vawter and Ashley Wood were given the firm’s 2021 Innovation Award for their work on a planning tool in Revit that has changed how we approach the conceptual design process with our Healthcare clients. Watch their interview.

Gresham Smith’s Mike Sewell Wins ARCHITECT Magazine’s R&D Award

Director of Innovation Mike Sewell was honored for his work on the patent-pending empathic platform. Watch him demonstrate the program.

Firm Partners with AutoDesk in Digital Twin Project

Earlier this year, the development team for our Studio-X digital twin project was able to take advantage of a unique collaboration opportunity with AutoDesk in its Accelerator Program. Read more on AutoDesk’s website.

Core Team

Randy Gibson

Chief Strategy Officer

Jeffrey W. Kuhnhenn AIA

Jeff Kuhnhenn

Director of Architectural Design

Mike Sewell

Senior Strategist

Lesa Lorusso

Healthcare Director of Research & Insights

Advisory Group

Industry Experts to Advise Firm on Innovation Initiative

The firm’s Innovation Advisory Group is comprised of five members from a variety of backgrounds, including the architecture, engineering and construction industry as well as healthcare, civic organizations and startups.

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Interested in joining our team of disruptors?