How We Work

Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
An introduction to our firm…


Our approach to the planning and design process is to create partnerships with our clients. At the outset, we will meet with you to learn as much as we can about the mission and functional elements of the project. Our team will spend time talking with you to understand not only the quantifiable technical requirements of the project, but intangible emotional goals as well.

We bring a unique value-driven mind-set to every project. Extensive experience working with developers, where time is money, makes us different. We’ve learned how to do things smarter to get the most value out of every budget dollar. We were early leaders in fast-track, team-construct, design/build-GMP and mechanical/ electrical design/build approaches and have established new precedents with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). We leverage smart technologies like Building Information Modeling (BIM) and organize in smart ways to reduce waste, maximize efficiency through all phases of the project and optimize results.


We recognize that our value to you as a consultant is not achieved by “dictating design,” but rather by shaping your vision with our collective expertise and experience, resulting in the desired image with an assurance of operational performance. Our design process begins by listening. As we focus our efforts on planning and design, we challenge each decision with as many alternatives as possible and present clients with multiple options for consideration, noting the advantages and disadvantages of each.


  • Establish proper space adjacencies to enhance the social landscape
  • Optimize space flexibility to accommodate future change
  • Create interior and exterior character to portray the appropriate image for the desired uses
  • Optimize views to the outdoors and daylight
  • Ensure code compliance to create a safe environment
  • Utilize energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems and investigate life cycle costs associated with different options
  • Incorporate “green” building design principals where appropriate to minimize negative affects on the environment
  • Integrate finishes and materials that are timeless, durable, and easily maintained


Creativity thrives on communication and collaboration. Successful collaboration begins with people.

Not only does Neumann/Smith have a long history of building successful relationships with clients, sub-consultants and trade contractors, but the passion and knowledge of our staff means clients can count on us, personally, to get the job done right and to provide continuity from project to project in rewarding relationships that stand the test of time.

The strength of our practice is our people. We work together in open and flexible studio teams under the leadership of Principals and Associates who have been with the firm, on average, over twenty years.

Our talented team continuously seeks to improve project planning through integration, expertise, problem solving, sharing ideas and aligning expectations that recognize each party’s success is tied to the success of all other members.