SmithGroup Hires Kevin Nyhoff as Principal, Lead Designer in San Diego

SmithGroup, one of the nation’s leading integrated design firms, has hired Kevin Nyhoff as a principal and a lead designer at the firm’s San Diego office. He will enhance the design culture of both the Los Angeles and San Diego offices and work to strengthen the firm’s growing presence in the San Diego area.

“Kevin brings a wealth of experience that is informed by research and his passion for equitable, sustainable and innovative design solutions,” says Bonnie Khang-Keating, director of SmithGroup’s Los Angeles and San Diego offices. “He is an ideal design leader to partner with our Southern California clients who expect high-performance, socially responsible, beautiful design.”

Nyhoff brings more than 25 years of experience in high-profile cultural, higher education, mixed-use, multifamily residential and workplace projects across the U.S. and Canada.

He comes to SmithGroup from the Vancouver, British Columbia office of Michael Green Architecture where he served as principal. Throughout his career, Nyhoff’s commitment to caring for both people and the planet has enabled him to create sustainable, innovative, award-winning projects.

Nyhoff will focus on design and collaborate with teams across the Los Angeles and San Diego offices to help clients find innovative design solutions. SmithGroup’s clients in Southern California include Caltech, San Diego County, University of California, Riverside, California State University Long Beach, University of California, San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare, and SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union headquarters.

Nyhoff graduated with Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and Master of Architecture degrees from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a licensed architect and a member of the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA). A native of Alberta, Canada he currently resides in San Diego.

SmithGroup ( is one of the world’s preeminent integrated design firms. Working across a network of 15 offices in the U.S. and China, a team of 1,300 experts is committed to excellence in strategy, design, and delivery. The scale of the firm’s thinking and organization produces partnerships with forward-looking clients that maximize opportunities, minimize risk and solve their most complex problems. SmithGroup creates exceptional design solutions for healthcare, science and technology organizations, higher education and cultural institutions, urban environments, diverse workplaces, mixed-use and waterfront developments, and parks and open spaces.