Douglas Smith

Principal, Chicago

Doug has always been fascinated by how cities work.  In college, he became particularly interested in the science of urban and regional growth, and the application of computer modeling in predicting how cities grow and shrink. That interest inspired Doug to pursue dual undergraduate degrees in architecture and urban geography, and dual master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning.

The way different project types work together to create a great experience for end users informs Doug’s collaboration-focused work philosophy.  He believes strongly that the design process is  enriched by diversity of thought and expertise.  Creating consensus among varied stakeholders – community members, institutions, architects, and local governments alike – is the exciting part of Doug’s job, and he loves applying his knowledge of cities and their dynamics to his work.

The lobby of the Northtown Library in Chicago is a communal space that anchors the neighborhood and features a mural by a local artist.
Community members of all ages come together at Northtown Library
The flexible floor plan, private meeting spaces, large windows, and multi-purpose rooms at street level are complemented by affordable apartments for local seniors on the upper floors.

Douglas's Featured Work

Northtown Library and Apartments
Chicago, Illinois
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Damen Green Line Station
Chicago, Illinois