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Chad Smith

Visiting Assistant Professor

Smith & Architects

Chad Smith AIA, LEED AP
Chad is a designer of award-winning projects, including a Progressive Architecture award for the design of the Performance Theater (with Karen Bausman in 1997). At Rogers Marvel Architects he won high-profile competitions, such as the Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street; has designed catalytic institutional projects, such as the master plan 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 projects that connect people to nature and empower communities. These include adaptive reuse projects in historical architecture, projects that rely on digitally crafted materials, as well as landscape projects.  Recent projects include the Amsterdam Vale project in Manhattan and a water-directing house in Itapetinga, Brazil.  He has also developed a parallel body of research projects including Park For Work, Second Nature Studios, and research into the connections between biophilic design and cultural production.

He is a leader in the public conversation about architecture through his writing and speaking. He has taught architecture design studio at Columbia University and has regularly been on design juries at Columbia, Barnard, City College of New York, and Pratt Institute. He has been editor-in-chief of, as well as a contributing writer to the USA Network’s Character Approved Blog,, and The Village Voice.