Jacob Smiley

Jacob Smiley

New York, NY, US

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Hello! I’m a Brooklyn-based, WELL accredited designer actively pursuing licensure in New York State. Since receiving my Master of Architecture from Tulane University, I’ve split my time between New York and New Orleans working for award-winning firms in both cities. My current interests place a great emphasis on the exploration of local vernaculars, sustainable materials, and circular economies across the globe.



Sharon Davis Design, New York Mills, NY, US, Designer

Interfaced closely with a tight-knit design team on large-scale office buildings as well as public-oriented, community-facing pro-bono projects that prioritize the implementation of sustainable design and construction practices. Singlehandedly developed a Sustainability Action Plan as part of signing the firm up for the AIA 2030 challenge, and played a key role in the establishment of the SDDLab Initiative, openly publishing studies on alternative materials the firm had worked with on prior projects.

Mar 2022 - Jan 2024

1100 Architect, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Provided valuable insight about health & wellness for high-end, single-family residential homes, while also master-planning complex office campuses internationally. Additionally, contributed to firm-wide sustainability initiatives branching across all phases of design.

Oct 2021 - Mar 2022

NANO, LLC, New Orleans, LA, US, Designer II

Greatly contributed to the design team ultimately awarded the renovation of New Orleans’ Ernest Morial Convention Center, a contract in excess of $500 million. Completely reinvigorated the firms sustainable design initiative by overseeing the implementation of Rhino and grasshopper into the workflow, and spearheaded the design and assembly of our exhibition for the 2021 Venice Biennale.

Jul 2020 - Oct 2021

Digital Output Lab | Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, Manager

Oversaw and supervised a group of 10-12 employees and worked closely with university faculty members to manage inventory, scheduling, and budgeting for Tulane’s Digital Output lab in addition to operating and troubleshooting the school’s large-format printers, 3d printers, and laser cutters.

Sep 2017 - May 2020

ArchiLOGIX, Santa Rosa, CA, US, Intern Architect

Collaborated directly with firm principals as well as project managers on all aspects of the design process with an emphasis on BIM, CAD drafting, and master planning. Worked on projects ranging in scale and program from an artisan craft space for a beekeeper, to a 60-million-barrel brewery, to vision planning for small towns in Northern California.

May 2016 - Aug 2019


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Aug 2015 - May 2020


2023 A+ Awards - Special Mention, 1st Place

Awarded to Sharon Davis Design for our submittal for the new United Nations International Office of Migration building in the “Unbuilt Institutional” category.


2nd Price - Melnychuka 14-16 International Ideas Competition, 2nd Place

Part of an international ideas competition for the adaptive reuse of two abandoned 19th-century university buildings in the city Ivano-Frankivsk, our proposal utilized the buildings as memory banks, dedicated to chronicling the tales and traditions of Ivano-Frankivsk and preserving the collective memory for future generations. All competition earnings from our entry were donated to Women's Perspectives, a Ukraine-based NGO dedicated to upholding women’s rights and supporting equal rights and possibilities of women.


World Architecture Festival 2023 Winner - Future Projects, Office Category, 1st Place

Presented our proposal for the new United Nation’s International Office for Migration at the 2023 World Architecture Festival in Singapore on behalf of Sharon Davis Design, winning the project category out of a field of a dozen finalists.


2021 ECC Architecture Award, 1st Place

Awarded to the NANO team by the European Cultural Committee in tandem with the 2021 Venice Bienalle for outstanding work in exhibition design for our contribution: ”Submerged Experience"


Outstanding Thesis Award, Award

Recognized by Tulane School of Architecture faculty for exemplary achievements in thesis study.


Little Big Loo Architecture Competition, Other

My teammate Abby Boedigheimer and I designed a top proposal for Volume Zero’s “The Little Big Loo: Rethinking Public Toilets 2020 Architecture Competition.”


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