Dr. Albert C. Smith
Areas of Specialization
Architectural history, theory and criticism
Architectural design process
Cultural and meaning in architecture
|1975||Southern Illinois University||BA|
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.”
“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