Steven Szramiak

Associate AIA

Senior Associate | Project Manager

At SMMA

  • Steven’s responsibilities include client interface, design development, and project administration for SMMA’s ongoing services accounts
  • Organizes and leads architecture, interiors, and engineering teams throughout the project cycle 
  • Specializes in providing architectural design and project management services for retail banking and other commercial clients 
  • Excels at building long-term relationships with clients and the all-encompassing effort required to exceed client expectations year after year

Local Architectural Design for Retail Banks 

“I have spent large blocks of my career working with long-term clients, specifically in the retail banking sector,” explains Steven. “We are often asked to work with an institution’s marketing or branding team to develop a new retail prototype. This process is very rewarding because we can explore new design directions and address specific challenges in a new way.”

One example is the Sovereign (now Santander) Bank’s location in Chelmsford. “It's a very attractive parcel of land located prominently downtown,” Steven says. “We renovated the historic barn on the site, with the goal of maintaining—and enhancing—the historical integrity of the building.”

“Doing so required working very closely with town officials and historic committees, modifying designs repeatedly, and demonstrating our sensitivity and appreciation for this town’s historical gem,” he explains. “It took two years before we could put a shovel in the ground, but the final result is one we all take pride in.” 

Creative Outlets

Steven’s role encompasses overseeing people, schedules, budgets, documentation, and designs, so it’s not surprising that he also pursues some purely creative hobbies. “When I’m not working, I love painting and photography,” he says. “When I paint, I tend to work in the abstract, with acrylics. I find this to be a nice contrast to my job, because the only goal is personal expression. I also enjoy photographing exterior architecture and nature, focusing on details and materials. These two creative outlets are a source of joy, as well as inspiration for my work.”