Ellen Belknap

Senior Principal, Senior Architect

Ellen is committed to working with clients to anticipate future state, encouraging them to innovate and position their organizations for success. Ellen is known for her collaborative leadership skills and fully engages in a change management mindset. She champions transparency and a strengths-based leadership philosophy. From 2004-2024 Ellen served as SMRT’s president, ably leading the firm during a time of tremendous expansion, advancing the mission of sustainability and positive community impact. Her focus on strategic planning and bringing forward a new generation of firm leaders has positioned the firm for both stability and growth.

Ellen is active in the communities she lives and works in; she serves on the Maine Climate Council Buildings, Infrastructure and Housing Work Group, the University of Maine Board of Visitors, and the boards of Maine & Company and E2Tech.

Ellen earned her Master of Architecture at Columbia University and her undergraduate degree at Cornell University. She lives in Portland’s Deering Center and enjoys exploring near and far.