smdp is an innovative global design studio comprised of dedicated design professionals providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. Our methods are based on a process of discovery that is informed by the distinctive social, cultural, economic and physical opportunities inherent to each design problem. Through this process, we generate unique and original solutions that enrich our communities and bring value to our clients. Our unique approach to design is evident in a diverse body of work which includes projects of various scale, typology, geography and appearance.

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Our mission is to assist our clients to identify opportunities and create original solutions that enrich communities, bringing value to both ownership and community.  We strive to understand the broader project context in regards to social, cultural, economic and physical potential inherent in each situation and from those issues craft unique solutions.


We recognize and value the diversity of thoughts and opinions that can be brought to each effort across disciplines and cultures. We believe through effective collaboration project results can be enriched and advanced to levels beyond those of the individuals.





Along with our partners, we design across a broad range of project typologies and scales. Covering all aspects of architecture, smdp excels at thoughtful and original design strategies.

725 west randolph chicago
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725 West Randolph

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BOCOM Suzhou

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Samsung Headquarters Beijing

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Cityfront Plaza Fairbanks

In Work

Seoul Post Tower

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Suzhou Wuzhong Gardens

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Burnham Pointe Chicago

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Doosan Haeundae Zenith

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Qingdao International Center

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Seoul Forest Doosan

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The Firms expertise is a culturally diverse mix of individuals with a broad range of skills, services and backgrounds.  With decades of experience both domestically and internationally the leaders provide Design, Management, Process and Technical expertise across all market sectors.


Scott Sarver

Scott serves as the firm’s design principal, using his unique abilities to recognize opportunities and craft programmatic objectives, client aspirations and physical context into projects with distinguished results. His focus on process has created a diverse body of recognized work that spans across 20 countries. Scott began his professional career with SOM upon graduation from the University of Kentucky.


Dae-Hong Minn

Dae-Hong manages the firm’s international practice, facilitating the collaboration of expertise across the globe to effectively realize significant projects. He is an expert in navigating the complex issues of local practices, cultural diversity and financial viability. In his 20 years of experience Dae-Hong has managed smdp’s participation in over 100 projects around the world. Dae-Hong began his professional career with SOM upon receiving his Master of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1995.


Bill Browne

Bill serves as the firms practice leader, using his 30 years of experience to craft the advancement of the quality of design and delivery of professional services. He is focused on advancing the integral relationship between firm leadership, office culture, project management and innovation to achieve design excellence. Bill is the founding principal of Ratio Architects, a registered Architect in 15 states and a LEED accredited professional.


Tony Steinhardt

Tony serves as the firm’s director of client relations and coordinates the outreach and strategic relationships of the firm. Drawing from his 20 years of experience in the design and political realm he shapes the directions of the firms strategic business plan.. Tony is fellow of the Society of Marking Professionals and active with the Boy Scouts of America.

Associate Principal

David Valaskovic

David manages the operations of the firm and coordinates the efforts of project teams to deliver the highest level of service to clients. His 30 years of diverse experience have enabled him to effectively organize and implement uniquely complicated projects in a timely manner. David began his professional career with SOM upon graduation from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a registered Architect in the state of Illinois.

Associate Principal

Insung Chu

Insung serves as the firms lead technical Architect, coordinating the latest building technologies and consultant teams to deliver state-of-the-art projects. Over his 25 years of experience he has developed a holistic understanding of the design process from concept through occupancy. Insung earned his Masters of Architecture degree from The Illinois Institute of Technology in 1992 and his undergraduate degree from Yonsei University in 1987. He is a registered Architect in the state of Illinois and a LEED accredited professional.

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