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Nick Vaughn

Senior Principal, Director of Education + Athletics Practice

Ask Nick what fuels his passion for education design and he’ll tell you, “designing to achieve the optimal student experience both as it happens and as it’s remembered far into the future.”

Nick brings more than 15 years of experience leading the programming, planning and design of academic, student life and athletic spaces to his role as Director of SMRT’s Education Practice.

Having successfully designed projects for Penn State University, Virginia Tech, The University of Oklahoma and Hyde School among others, Nick helps education clients achieve their mission to deliver a transformative campus experience for the students of today and tomorrow.


Hampton University; Bachelor of Architecture


American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Society for College & University Planning (SCUP)


Registered Architect