Cass Calder Smith, AIA

Cass Calder Smith established the San Francisco architectural firm that bears his name in 1990. Celebrating its 18th year in the Bay Area, CCS-Architecture is located in a converted warehouse in the South of Market district with a staff of 20. In 2005, CCS-Architecture opened an office in New York City to better meet the needs of its diverse range of residential, commercial and mixed use clients.

Born in 1961, Smith earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of New York City, he has lived in California since 1972 and now splits his time between San Francisco and Manhattan. As the son of an Academy Award-winning filmmaker and a California landscape painter and designer, his early years were influenced by both Greenwich Village intellectuals and rural California artisans.

Smith is recognized internationally for his architectural and interior design projects. In 1999 he was named “One of the 60 Most Powerful People in the Bay Area," and in 2005, he was featured in 1000 Architects, a pictorial directory of the worlds leading architectural firms. Hospitality Design Magazine also named Cass Calder Smith as "one of 8 designers considered the ‘Wave of the Future 2004.’"

Firmly based in the modernist idiom, Smith draws inspiration from history’s great architects and cities as well as the epic filmmakers of the last century. Bold imagery and intricate detail are characteristic of his designs balanced with experience and common sense.