Causing communities is the guiding principle of our office. It is the belief that our generation of designers will succeed not through radical form-making but through a radical rethinking of community and how it can advance the human condition. This will be the primary driver for 21st Century design leaders.
We create places for “making” – be that to make a living, a cultural artifact or a habitat. To achieve this, our design approach is to align architectural expression with the end-user experience. We believe this is the fundamental spatial condition for causing communities. In a culture that is increasingly mediated and dispersed, we connect people through what we build. While this connection begins with the design and construction process, the end goal is to cause communities.
We have a rigorous in-house Quality Control/Quality Assurance process, components of which include independent document peer reviews and the use of document checklists and office standards to ensure consistency and accuracy. Our team of project managers and designers is trained in AutoCad, Revit, Rhino, VRay and Maxwell, to name a few. Our repeat clients are a testament to the effectiveness of our rigorous approach to quality control and assurance.
We have decades of experience creating institutional, performance art, educational, residential, commercial interior, public space, medical and cultural/art projects. Most importantly, our team has collaborated on all of our work to seamlessly design and execute projects, resulting in numerous repeat clients. We engage the entire project team in an accountable partnership, to provide the highest caliber of architectural services for every project.. Our network of design consultants have a proven track record of excellence.
Chad Smith AIA, LEED AP
Registered Architect, LEED AP
Chad is a designer of award-winning projects since 1996, including a Progressive Architecture award for the design of the Performance Theater (with Karen Bausman in 1997). At Rogers Marvel he won high profile competitions, such as the Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street; has designed catalytic institutional projects, such as the masterplan for The University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art; and developed major brands, such as Kate Spade. Since establishing Smith & Architects, he has developed a significant portfolio in cutting-edge fitness design, including adaptive reuse projects in historical architecture. He is a leader in the public conversation about architecture through his writing and speaking. He has been editor-in-chief of Tropolism.com, as well as a contributing writer to the USA Network’s Character Approved Blog, Curbed.com, and The Village Voice. Smith graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in Saint Louis, with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, and received a Master of Architecture degree from the Columbia University Graduate School Of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.