Cope Linder Architects, LLC, of Philadelphia has promoted senior associate Cheryl Smith, AIA, LEED AP, to principal. A former senior associate, Smith becomes the first woman on the six-person leadership team. She leads the firm’s technical side of practice, managing projects for the W Hotel, 1300 Fairmount, and The Borgata.
An active volunteer in the design community, Smith co-chairs the Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council, an interdisciplinary forum for emerging building envelope issues, jointly founded by the American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences. She also serves as the AIA/Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council liaison at the National Institute of Building Sciences, as a member of the Architectural Glass Institute advisory board, and as a past ACE Mentor Program board member. Smith also serves as chair of the Philadelphia University College of Architecture and the Built Environment Advancement Council, where she works with the executive dean and a panel of industry professionals to support the university’s mission and to guide the college’s advancement in areas of design, construction management, and sustainability. Smith holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Institute of Building Science, International Code Council, and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.
“Cheryl’s strong technical and management background has been extremely valuable in assisting clients and construction teams to successfully complete large, complex, and fast-track projects,” said Cope Linder Managing Principal Ian Cope, AIA. “Her extraordinary leadership qualities and commitment to mentoring our professional staff have had a tremendously positive impact on the firm’s success. As we begin to celebrate the firm’s 50th year and enter into a new era, Cheryl’s unwavering professionalism, positive attitude, and business acumen make her a welcome addition to our leadership team.”