Jack L. Smyre, PE, AICP
The Design Response, Inc.
215 E. Chatham Street, Suite 125 (27511)
P. O. Box 3585
Cary, NC 27519
(919) 469-2080


Jack is a nationally certified planner and North Carolina registered professional engineer
with prior professional experience in local government planning, land surveying, and
management of private development projects. Academically educated in both the social
and technical aspects of land planning and civil engineering design, Jack operates from
a strategically generalist viewpoint and works best in a collaborative team environment.


Principal, The Design Response (Cary, NC) — 2001- Present
President and lead planner/designer for a land planning and urban design firm with a
primary focus on private development projects located within the greater Triangle area.

Practice Builder, Kimley-Horn and Associates (Cary, NC) — 1996-2001
Principal designer/planner for a multi-disciplinary planning and engineering design team
focused on private development projects located within the greater Triangle area and
throughout the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia regional area.

Director of Planning, McAdams (RTP, NC) — 1985-1996
Founded and developed a mid-sized planning department within a growing civil
engineering firm with projects in the greater Triangle area and throughout the Carolinas
for various regional development clients. Served as senior project manager for large
development projects while managing other project managers and design support staff.

Partner, Michael S. Nixon & Associates (Reidsville, NC) — 1981-1983
Partner in a land surveying firm with a practice focused on large tract boundary surveys,
topographic surveys, lot and loan surveys, and the preparation of recorded plats.

Zoning Administrator, County of Catawba (Newton, NC) — 1979-1981
Zoning code enforcement and planning staff support to the Board of Adjustment,
including preparation of staff reports for Conditional Use Permit public hearings.

Code Enforcement, Town of Granite Falls (Granite Falls, NC) — 1976-1979
Zoning and building code enforcement; special projects; graphics.

Assistant Town Engineer, Town of Reidsville (Reidsville, NC) — 1975-1976
Preparation of construction plans, maps, and graphics for various municipal projects.

Surveyor, Moore-Gardner & Associates (Greensboro, NC) — 1973-1975
Instrumentman on a survey party with a primary focus on large boundary surveys,
subdivisions, and construction stakeout for site improvements. 

Registered Professional Engineer (North Carolina): PE
Certified Planner (American Institute of Certified Planners): AICP
Associate Member of Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Member of American Planning Association (APA)

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (B.A. - Psychology / Sociology) - 1973
National Merit Scholar / Honors Program
North Carolina State University (B.S. - Civil Engineering) - 1985 (summa cum laude)
NC American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Merit Scholar (1984-1985)

15 hours (annual minimum) for NC PE registration
16 hours (annual minimum) for national AICP certification