Jack Smith holds a Doctorate Degree in architecture, is a Fellow of the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and is board certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Dr. Smith has practiced in the architectural community for over four decades. His portfolio spans a large geographical area including the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

Jack Smith is a registered Architect in California, Idaho, Montana, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Vermont, Arizona and Hawaii. NCARB provides reciprocity in the U.S. and Canada.

Early in his career Smith served a long apprenticeship with John Sugden, a Mies van der Rohe protégé. Through this mentorship he gained a strong discipline in design and meticulous attention to detail. He is well versed and qualified in projects of diverse scales, typologies and regions including resorts, urban and rural land planning, commercial, institutional, and residential architecture. He has also performed several environmentally sensitive land use studies. 

Before establishing Smith Associates 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 one of the original architects and planners of the Snowbird Recreation Area in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Today, Snowbird Resort remains one of America’s great year round resort destinations.

In the mid sixties and early seventies, Jack Smith was in partnership with Dan Kiley, the internationally celebrated landscape architect, based in Charlotte, Vermont.  While with Dan Kiley he worked in the fields of architecture, site planning, landscape architecture and environmental studies. During his tenure there he was partner in charge of several projects including land use studies involving 1,000 square miles in central Maine and 250 square miles in Vermont. He was also partner in charge of four high-rise office complexes in the urban core of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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 specific sites and communities with rare sensitivity and grace.”

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 nationally, while maintaining an active architectural practice. He was named Affiliate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho in 1999, where he teaches periodically. He is currently an Teaching Professor at Montana State University School of Architecture.

Through the years, The American Institute of Architects, The American Society of Landscape Architects and Other institutions have recognized Dr. Smith for his achievements with numerous awards. His work has been published in journals, magazines, films and books including Time Magazine; Architectural Record; Architectural Forum; Process Architecture; Dan Kiley, America’s Master Landscape Architect; The Mountain House; Architecture for the United States; Design for Mountain Communities; Designing Idaho; American Ski Resorts.