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  • Trinity College – Long Walk
  • University of Hartford – Magnet School
  • Handel Center for the Performing Arts
  • Wadsworth Atheneum

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Smith Edwards McCoy, Noted Connecticut Architects

Smith Edwards McCoy Architects (SEMA) was founded in 1977 by Tyler Smith, FAIA and Jared Edwards, FAIA. Kent McCoy, AIA, joined the firm in 1979. He has served as Director of Design for over 25 years, and became a firm principal in 2012. The work of Smith Edwards McCoy has focused primarily on serving the architectural needs of Connecticut’s cities and towns.

We are recognized for our seminal work in preservation and adaptive reuse. Over the years we have had the good fortune to serve as architects for many of the State’s most prestigious restorations and largest adaptive reuse projects. In 2009 the firm received the Governor’s “Genius Award” for our life time work in preserving Connecticut’s architectural heritage.

We are also recognized for our distinguished work – be it renovations, restorations, re-purposed buildings, or newly designed facilities – of civic buildings of all types. These include a range of educational and school facilities, museums, performing art facilities and housing of all types.

SEMA is by choice a medium sized office ranging in size from 8 to 12 architects and design professionals. Augmented with today’s technology we see our size as offering distinct advantages over larger firms. We are agile and nimble, able to quickly respond to our clients needs. Our size also allows our senior professionals to be fully engaged from project inception through occupancy.

In addition to our commitment to design excellence, we bring a wealth of knowledge to issues related to constructability and building technologies. Our prime focus is to serve the stated needs of our client be they aesthetic, budgetary or performance based. We also believe that the best results are achieved when we have a fully engaged client, and we work diligently to collaborate with our clients to create an enduring legacy.