Michael Dobbs


"I'm inspired by a long and eclectic list of artists, athletes, authors, historians and musicians, including Vine Deloria, Willis Reed, John Lennon and many others."

Ask Michael about historical figures that have inspired him, and he responds with a long and eclectic list of artists, athletes, authors, historians and musicians that includes Vine Deloria, Willis Reed and John Lennon. Michael’s own career path has led him through diverse fields, too, working as a teacher, a carpenter and a builder. “As the building projects got bigger, I had to follow architects’ drawings,” he recalls. “It reawakened my first exposure to architecture years earlier, when I was inspired by a friend studying at Pratt in New York.” Now more than three decades into his architecture career, Michael continues to be inspired by art, music and history. He is integral to the firm’s work with the Smithsonian Institution, safeguarding many of the nation’s most memorable events and most treasured belongings.

Conservation Environments-Collections Care, Museums-Cultural

Professional Credentials
American Institute of Architects (AIA)

E Michael.Dobbs@smithgroupjjr.com
P 202.974.0783

Community Involvement

Michael is an avid supporter of the community of Herndon, Virginia, and has served as a member of the town’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) and the Heritage Preservation Review Board (HPRB). As a member of the ARB, Michael reviewed the design of non-residential new construction and building alterations town-wide. Working with the HPRB, he was responsible for the review of applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for new construction, alteration, and renovation projects within the town’s Heritage Preservation overlay districts. Both positions are appointed by the Town Council.