Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

Claremont, CA, US

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Chris Smith is a practicing designer with wide-ranging interests and connections across the greater Los Angeles region. After graduating with a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2003 he went to work for notable LA area architects in supporting roles that cemented a lifelong interest in design process, theory and practice. In 2021 at age 45 he received his master's degree from the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona to pursue architecture at a professional level, tying in graphic and product design experiences to form a cohesive set of references that inform current projects.


GO Architects, Design Team Member

Programming, schematic design, design development and contract document creation for large campuses and related K-12 educational projects. Project lead for two school district masterplans.

Jan 2021 - current

Applied Visual Thinking, Designer for Hire

Previous work includes projects for The Annenberg Foundation, Harper Collins Publishers, MATT Construction, Apple Computer and others across a range of industries including AEC, healthcare, consumer goods and public programs.

Jan 2008 - current

Gehry Partners, Graphic Manager

Responsible for graphic design related processes and on-site facilities management program.

Oct 2007 - Apr 2008

Morphosis Architects, RFP Designer / Archivist

Responsible for designing proposal layouts and related business development presentations leading to significant projects in government, culture and education sectors. Archivist duties include managing image data for internal and external presentations. Editorial liaison to international architecture publications.

Apr 2004 - Apr 2005


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, MArch, Architecture


Aug 2017 - Dec 2020

Art Center College of Design, Bachelors, Graphic Design

Graphic Design and Environmental Design

May 2001 - Dec 2003


Fort:LA Fellowship 2020, Grant

Interactive architectural history project.


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