Accomplished architect and senior design-build (D/B) practitioner Rob Smedley joined RS&H this February, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience on diverse projects for both public and private clients. As a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), serving as both National and Florida Region Membership Chair, he also carries a substantial amount of industry clout with him.
Although he is a seasoned veteran of the D/B world, Smedley is also an early adopter of new technologies and a recognized AEC industry leader in implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) to improve product quality, delivery schedule, and cost efficiency.
In his new role with RS&H, Smedley will support the company’s growing initiatives in alternative project delivery and contribute to the expansion of RS&H’s buildings group, specifically in the Military, Federal, Aviation, Science, Healthcare, Mission Critical, and Science market sectors.
Given his passion and dedication in the field, it’s hard to believe that, at one time, Smedley had a completely different career path in mind.
“I come from two generations of Air Force pilots so I was going to fly for the Air Force… until I found out that I didn’t have good enough eyesight,” said Smedley.
Once flying for the Air Force was off the table, Smedley contemplated his options.
“I took a test in high school and it said anything but a desk job,” he said.
Growing up, Smedley was known for being the kid who reorganized the garage and worked on fun projects like building docks and forts. He was always designing and building something. After exploring several career paths, including that of law enforcement, “somehow I thought up architecture,” said Smedley, who admits to falling in love with the studio atmosphere.
Although Smedley had not been able to serve in the military, he was grateful to be able to work with military clients on projects through his work as an architect.
“I always try to give our service men and women the best building they could have, and they are always so grateful,” said Smedley.
His first military project has remained Smedley’s favorite. Even 30 years later, the Korean War Veterans Memorial holds a special place in his memory.
“I got to work in close company with some amazing people,” said Smedley, referring to many high-ranking leaders such as Generals Richard G. Stilwell and Raymond G. Davis, and courageous and renowned amputee Colonel Bill Weber.
With such a rich background in the field, it’s clear that Smedley could have worked at a number of firms, but he chose RS&H for its distinctively collaborative and friendly culture.
“Everyone’s ideas are welcome here and I think that’s important,” Smedley said. “I like the understanding that anybody at any level has worked hard and been evaluated and deemed appropriate for working on the RS&H team. I’m a very team-oriented person and think that everyone’s opinion matters.”
Needless to say, the company is excited to bring such an experienced and passionate Buildings D/B Practitioner to the team.
When he’s not working, Smedley enjoys training for triathlons, joking that “I’m not very good at any specific event but when you put three together, I am actually decent.”