creating community takes more than great design.


It also takes an in-depth understanding of the user.

People naturally gravitate towards environments that are relevant to them. This philosophy drives our placemaking efforts – we design spaces that groups want to spend time in not just because they’re beautiful – but because it makes sense for them.

To understand what’s relevant, we put ourselves in the shoes of the user from the start. We leverage previous experience and ask questions to understand their point of view. What design decisions would enhance their daily life? This practice ensures our projects delight the user without compromising function, resulting in relevant spaces.

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Brea Mall

The Brea Mall redevelopment includes four retail/food and beverage buildings, a reconfigured entry, plaza, parking, pocket park and public art program. This work is one component of a greater master

Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park

This 22-acre park combines nature and community in an urban setting, featuring sports courts, a water garden, playscapes inspired by Michigan wildlife, and a promenade lined with cherry trees that

Henry Street Apartments

Located in The District Detroit, the Henry Street development is a mixed-use, mixed-income community featuring six residential buildings and one shared building. Since all seven buildings are located on one

Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

As Detroit’s only free-standing synagogue, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue welcomes a diverse group of individuals in the Metro Detroit Jewish Community. The revitalized synagogue provides an inclusive space for

BNP Media

BNP Media, a family-run media publishing company, reimagined their workplace to marry their new vision for the company with their flexible work style. Going from a 30,000 sf office in

Van Buren Community Center

To help Van Buren Charter Township in their mission to enhance community offerings for their residents, Neumann/Smith Architecture fully renovated and expanded the Township’s existing community center. Our team designed a

MSU Federal Credit Union / 311 Abbot

Our design solution for the MSUFCU 311 Abbot building provided a unique opportunity to create a mural that reflected the buildings architecture and complimented its surroundings. The implementation involved embedding

Northern Michigan University / Career and Engineering Technology

The transformation of the Jacobetti Complex at Northern Michigan University resulted in a reduction of the original building by 40,000 square feet. The Career and Engineering Technology facility welcomes students

The Godfrey

Located in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood, The Godfrey Hotel was designed to be a natural addition to the community. Everything from the repetitive nature of the windows and the murals,