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Nick Vaughn

Senior Principal, Director of Education + Athletics Practice

Nick helps SMRT’s education clients achieve their mission to deliver a transformative campus experience for the students of today and tomorrow. 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.”

As Senior Principal and Director of SMRT’s Education Practice, Nick brings over 20 years of experience leading the programming, planning, and design of academic buildings, research and education facilities, libraries, residence halls, and dining facilities across the U.S. Nick has successfully led projects at institutions such as Penn State University, Virginia Tech, The University of Oklahoma, and The University of New England with great confidence and expertise.


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