Teaching Professor: John R. (Jack) Smith ARCH.D., FAIA, NCARB
phone: (406) 994-7353
Jack Smith is a full time teaching professor of architecture at Montana State University School of Architecture. He holds a Doctorate Degree in architecture from the University of Hawaii. He is board certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a Fellow of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Dr. Smith has practiced and taught in the architectural community for over five decades.
Early in his career Smith served a long apprenticeship with John Sugden, a Mies van der Rohe protégé. Through this mentorship he gained a strong discipline in design and meticulous attention to detail. He is well versed and qualified in projects of diverse scales, typologies and regions.
Before establishing private practice in1975, Smith was a founding Partner and President of Enteleki, Architecture, Planning, Research; a firm of 75 people with offices in San Francisco, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. While at Enteleki, and as a member of the Snowbird Design Group, he was one of the original architects and planners of the Snowbird Recreation Area in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.
In the mid sixties and early seventies, Jack Smith was in partnership with Dan Kiley, a celebrated landscape architect, based in Charlotte, Vermont. While with Kiley he worked in the fields of architecture, site planning, landscape architecture and environmental studies.
Smith did his undergraduate studies in architecture at the University of Utah from 1949 to1953, where he returned to teach design from1964 to1967. Since then he has maintained his interest in academics by teaching and lecturing at various colleges and universities, while maintaining an active architectural practice. He was made Affiliate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho in 1999. He is currently a teaching professor at Montana State University School of Architecture, where he has been teaching design studios and graduate elective courses since Fall 2006.