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Dr. Albert C. Smith

Albert Smith
Associate Professor
416-979-5000 ext. 556492

Areas of Specialization

Architectural history, theory and criticism


Architectural design process

Architectural education

Cultural and meaning in architecture


Year University Degree
1994 Georgia Tech PhD
1980 Virginia Tech MArch
1975 Southern Illinois University BA

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
ASC 101, ASC 201 Communications Studio and Design Studio I
ASC 206 Ideas, Tech and Precedents I
ARC 820 Architecture Studio
ASC 900 Selected Topics in Architectural Science


For Albert Smith, architectural models do so much more than help develop and define design concepts. “They create a more understandable scale of the world,” he says. “They help us measure our existence.”

Smith’s intellectual curiosity is especially piqued by models that are made by hand, most often from cardboard, wood, polystyrene or foam. He wrote a book on the subject, Architectural Model as Machine, in which he analyzes some of the most spectacular examples of all time, including Tatlin’s monument to the Third International, Michelangelo's Dome of St. Peter's, and Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye.

Hand-building models is an inspiring experience, says Smith, one that can give architects a crucial perspective on a project. However, in practice, he sees the value of all forms of models—physical, sketch and digital—and he ensures that his students do, too. “When it comes to architecture, you need all available tools at your disposal.”

Albert Smith

“We create order out of chaos. That’s what architects do.”

  • Kendra Schank Smith and Albert C. Smith, 2017. “Building the Architect’s Character; Explorations in Traits” Routledge Publishing.
  • Albert C. Smith and Kendra Schank Smith, 2014. “Developing Your Design Process; Six Key Concepts for Studio.” Routledge Publishing
  • Albert C. Smith and Kendra Schank Smith, “The Architect as Magician” The Journal of Architecture, London, UK, Volume 16, Number 5, October 2011.
  • Kendra Schank Smith and Albert C. Smith, 2012.  “Sparking the Imagination: Exploring the Eureka Moment.” ArchNet.IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research, March 2013.
  • Kendra Schank Smith, Xuemei Li and Albert C. Smith, “A Human Measure; Structure, Meaning and Operation of the Lu Ban Foot-rule of the Dong Carpenters,” Architectural Research Quarterly, March 2013.
  • Member, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
  • Licensed Architect, worked for Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates