About Us

About Us

About The Studio

StudioSmith was founded in 2008 on the principle that smart design, contextual cohesion and modern technology can yield great architecture accessible to everyone. The design process begins with the understanding that each project is unique. We produce solutions that have clear design intent, high functionality, and maximum flexibility. Our designs focus on sustainability, from the project’s environmental impact to its ability to grow and adapt to a client’s changing needs and lifestyle. Our inspiration comes from modern culture, local history, detailed craftsmanship, and economies of scale, use and budget. As StudioSmith grows in its diversity of project types and scales, we remain committed to providing the benefits that a small studio has to offer. We believe that personal, focused and bespoke service with first hand design supervision makes StudioSmith unique in the profession. Build Strong. Live Beautiful.

Our studio approaches each project with a fresh and unique perspective. Whether the project is brand new construction from the ground up, an entire renovation and addition to an existing structure or a small interior refresh of one space, we begin with a feasibility study. This study consists of research into the project context, with a combination of the project location and surroundings, site restrictions, local codes, historic preservation guidelines, and the overall desired building and spatial programs. Once these guidelines are established, documentation of the existing conditions of the site, structure, or space are conducted and implemented into digital form. The drawings and information form the foundation for the schematic design phase, where sketches, diagrams and hardline drawings begin to take shape. This process combines creativity, space planning, project program and dimensional accuracy in a back and forth design exercise with the client and architect. At the end of the schematic design phase, the project design is prepared for a review by potential contractors who provide a general scope and budget proposals.

Once the general contractor is selected, outside consultants are brought in, such as a structural engineer, mechanical/plumbing/electrical engineer, geotechnical engineer, and civil engineer. The project team proceeds to collaborate on creating permit and construction drawings. Depending on the project location, the required governmental review process can vary, and we work with the local building office towards the final building permit.

The next process involves drawing each interior wall elevation that will be a part of the project, and the selection of the finishes and fixtures that will be required. Kitchen design, bathroom plumbing fixture selection, tile layouts, millwork details, flooring, light fixtures, basically any item that will be built into the house, is selected, designed and drawn into the documents during this process.

The final service our studio performs is construction observation and coordination. We strive to work with the client and the contractor, making sure what is being built is in accordance to what we designed. Site visits, project team meetings and coordinating any adjustments conclude with the final built project, that began as a multitude of ideas, and molded into the finished piece of architecture, ready to be inhabited by the client.

About The Architect



William Smith is the founding principal of StudioSmith, established in 2008. Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Architecture from The Catholic University of America School of Architecture in Washington, DC (2001). Prior to establishing StudioSmith, he was employed at Pei Cobb Freed and Partners and Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York, and Suzane Reatig Architecture in Washington, DC. He is a registered architect in the District of Columbia and Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.