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DBusiness Detroit 500 / Joel Smith

Design Story

In this workplace environment study our design team blends hospitality and workplace to create an immersive experience. The design story begins with the idea of Elevating the Everyday—inspired by natural elements, layering on luxury, and activating all the senses.

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Detroit / Historic Preservation

Within its unique restoration, the 100-year old historical building blends co-working spaces with private offices, common areas with conference rooms, all while offering direct access to the heart of downtown’s renaissance without a costly investment by tenants.

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DBusiness Detroit 500 / Joel Smith

Joel Smith was recently featured in DBusiness Magazine's The Detroit 500—a list of the most powerful business leaders in metro Detroit—for the fifth consecutive year. Noted among leaders in over 30 industries, Joel is praised for establishing N/S as "one of Michigan's largest and most distinguished design firms" as well as being at the forefront of Detroit's revitalization.

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Sachse Construction / Workplace

Raw + Refined / Sachse desired a workplace on one floor plate that displayed all facets of construction. From exposed ceilings and welding joints to refined millwork and organic lines, the urban, collaborative design concept came to life in Sachse's Detroit headquarters.

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Experiential Design: 6 Places to Experience in Detroit

Explore Detroit with 6 of our experiential design projects / Closing on 55 years, years we have been honored to work with clients in hospitality, historic preservation, mixed-use, and beyond that play a role in the revitalization of Detroit. As the city continues to gain momentum, we are excited to see Detroit receive global recognition. TIME Magazine recently selected noted the city Detroit as one of the Greatest Places of 2022.

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Greater Midland Community Center

Groundbreaking in Midland, Michigan. The new Community Centers design was inspired by responses from community input and workshops. Community amenities include party rooms, a youth activity lounge, and senior spaces. Recreation spaces include fitness rooms, cardio, weights, equipment, and a gymnasium with a walk-jog track.

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HAPPENINGS / REFLECT FORWARD / DETROIT 500

Joel Smith was recently featured in DBusiness Magazine’s Detroit 500—a list of the most powerful business leaders in metro Detroit—for the fifth consecutive year.

Noted among leaders in over 30 industries, Joel is praised for establishing Neumann/Smith Architecture as “one of Michigan’s largest and most distinguished design firms” as well as being at the forefront of Detroit’s revitalization.

 

President, Joel Smith stands in front of Neumann/Smith’s portfolio of projects displayed at the Southfield Office.

 

About Joel

Joel joined the firm in 1980 and became a Partner in 1987. He continues to build a diverse practice reflecting the balance of creative vision and practical performance that has become one of the hallmarks of the firm. Joel’s aptitude for business and hands-on project involvement, especially during production and construction phases, continues to play a major role in the success of the firm’s most demanding projects.

 

Detroit

Alongside the firm, Joel is committed to the revitalization of Detroit. The decision to open a studio in an historic building in downtown Detroit was important to him as an investment in the City’s future. Located on the entire third floor of the Wright Kay Building, the Studio represents Neumann/Smith being front and center in the revitalization of downtown—designing innovative environments that have helped to attract new businesses to the city.

With over 75 notable projects in the city, the Neumann/Smith team has been instrumental in the transformation of Corktown, Brush Park, the CBD, our Riverfront, and most recently the Entertainment District with the 20 story Huntington Tower.

 

Community

Joel has an active passion for community efforts and is involved in many philanthropic opportunities in the metro Detroit area. He is involved in the Neumann/Smith COMMUNITY tenant dedicated to volunteering time and giving back to the metro Detroit area. He was recognized by the Zekelman Holocaust Center as their annual dinner honoree and has given his time and expertise to several new and renovated synagogues. Joel has been actively involved in the development of social justice and animal support facilities and is currently Co-Chair of the Jim Crow Museum Campaign Cabinet at Ferris State University. Joel is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and diversity in the architectural profession and continues to make an impact on the firm and communities around him.

Wright-Kay Building

Home of Neumann/Smith’s Detroit Studio, the Wright-Kay Building is an iconic building in Detroit that received a well-deserved restoration. It now has become a focus of attention for the City

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Holocaust Memorial Center

The Holocaust Memorial Center commands attention. Everything about the structure evokes powerful emotions. Amid nondescript office buildings, small strip shops, coffee shops, banks and restaurants, the Holocaust Memorial Center commands

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The Madison

As a “think tank” full of young and creative minds, the design needed to be young, edgy, and most importantly embrace the building’s urban context. Over the course of only

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