Pete Smith


BWBR Architects




Based in downtown St. Paul, design firm BWBR traces its history to 1922. After 93 years in business, the company is enjoying a growth spurt. Pete Smith joined BWBR in 1987 and was tapped as president/CEO in 2012. Under Smith, the company opened an office in Madison, Wis., and has grown its staff by nearly 50 percent to more than 150 employees. This year BWBR is being honored with the 2015 AIA Minnesota Firm Award for its contribution to the design profession. Smith says BWBR’s work for many mission-driven nonprofits clients has drawn mission-driven designers to the firm.