In Scale with the Mountains: A lecture on designing in snow country
- Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
- Cheever Hall - view map
Montana State University teaching professor and practicing architect, Jack Smith, speaks of the intricacies of designing in mountanous snow country.
Jack Smith is a full time architectural practitioner and teaching professor. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Architecture from the University of Hawaii. He is board certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a Fellow of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Dr. Smith has practiced and taught in the architectural community for over half a century.
Early in his career Smith served a long apprenticeship with John Sugden, a Mies van der Rohe protégé. After seven years under Mies van der Rohe, Sugden began his own practice in 1953 in Salt Lake City, where Jack became his draftsman in that same year. Through Sugden’s mentorship Jack gained a strong discipline in design and meticulous attention to detail.
Before establishing private practice in 1975, Smith was a founding Partner and President of Enteleki, Architecture, Planning, Research; a firm of 75 people with offices in San Francisco, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. While at Enteleki, and as a member of the Snowbird Design Group, he was the original architect and planner of the Snowbird Recreation Area in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.
In the mid-sixties and early seventies, Jack Smith was in partnership with Dan Kiley, a celebrated landscape architect, based in Charlotte, Vermont. While with Kiley he worked in the fields of architecture, site planning, landscape architecture, and environmental studies.
Smith did his undergraduate studies in architecture at the University of Utah from 1949 to 1953, where he returned to teach design from 1964 to 1967. Since then he has maintained his interest in academics by teaching and lecturing at various colleges and universities, while maintaining an active architectural practice. He was made Affiliate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho in 1999. He is currently a teaching professor at Montana State University School of Architecture, where he has been teaching design studios and graduate electives since Fall 2006.
It was said of Smith in 1995, by Mr. Allan Temko, author and Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic for The San Francisco Chronicle, “When one sees his work in California and elsewhere, perfectly at home in different terrains, it is clear that he is not primarily a regional architect, but a far reaching designer of national and even international outlook, including a long glance at Japan, who responds to the needs of specific sites and communities with rare sensitivity and grace.”
In Jacks own words “I try to practice what I teach, and teach what I practice.”
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