Salt Lake City, Utah 1958-1960

In the late 1950s, Salt Lake architect Jack Smith was approached by Clint Barker, a fraternity brother at the University of Utah, to design a home for him on a wooded parcel of land down a long drive leading to Walker Lane. At the time, Smith was wrapping up his architectural studies and apprenticing with John Sugden, a noted Utah modernist architect who had apprenticed with Mies van der Rohe, regarded as one of the founders of modern architecture. 

Jack Smith recalls how the design, a concept of a central axis and beams, came together at his kitchen table. “The proportions and clerestory were directly influenced by my work with John Sugden,” he recounts. The narrow drive through the trees leads to a small clearing and a parking area. A walkway over a bridge crossing an intermittent stream leads to the front door, establishing the central axis that continues into and through the home as a gallery hallway.

The walk to the front door looked very much the same when the current owners, then young newlyweds, moved into the home in 1972. Their move to Salt Lake City was timed with the beginning of his distinguished career at the University of Utah Medical School. As time passed, the family added three children and they expanded the small home to accommodate the growing family. Architect Frank Ferguson designed the additions. Ferguson and Jack Smith were partners in an architectural practice for a time, and Ferguson went on to found FFKR Architects in Salt Lake City. 

From the interior, you can appreciate the design elements of the entry and the transition from the outside to the inside. From the entry you can see the central spine Jack Smith described as it leads to the rear of the home. He calls the rooms coming off the central gallery corridor as flags. “The home hopscotches through the trees,” he notes. The dining and main living area are to the left as you enter. The white crossbeam marks where the room was extended north in a remodel designed by Frank Ferguson. The remodel continued the clerestory windows and the ample glass.

Along the corridor is an enclosed atrium filled with plants. Frank Ferguson designed this space as part of an addition. The homeowners describe how they can open the doors to the atrium and warm the home in late fall and winter. At the back of the home (south end) is another addition (a family room) that repeats the clerestory windows and the wooden ceilings of the original design. 

While I usually include an overall exterior at the beginning of describing architecture or homes, here is view of a lovely aspect of the home: the front and library with the layered roof. It takes some persistence to see the home through the trees. The homeowner credits the landscape design to nature. It is natural growth that is kept moist by the high groundwater and the crossing of intermittent streams. Quiet and private, it is a magical setting that feels far away from everything, but is probably just 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake. 

An end note: Congratulations to Jack Smith, Arch.D., FAIA. The Idaho Chapter of the AIA recently awarded him a gold medal. He currently practices architecture in Sun Valley, Idaho.  -Scot Zimmerman, 2023, Visit Scot Zimmerman’s website

Scot Zimmerman.


Gallatin County, Montana

Minka House crowns a mountain ridge in Western Montana. Its resultant design is derived from three major form-givers, the site, a commanding and heavily wooded 20-acres with slopes of more than 30 percent falling off the ridge; a unique structural framing system inspired by Japanese traditional folk houses; and a client program which included isolation from nearby urban fabric, and an intimate response to the natural and rugged mountain environment.  Listening to the site was key. Although 20 acres would appear to accommodate numerous site diagrams, it became immediately clear that only one was appropriate…to follow the narrow ridge in a lineal spine circulation gallery which serves the living spaces on the east and west edges of dramatic steepness. Unlike many mountain ridge sites, which profile structures in an ungainly way, this heavily treed site, with its dense and mature growth of conifers, and the low sloped single and double pitched roofs, prevent the house from being visible from any distant prospect. From the house, only distant views of surrounding mountains, the valley below, intimate views of the architectural elements, and the nearness of the trees remain.  Minka, a Japanese word for folk-house, is a name given by the architect to denote a structural framing system comprised of only compression members layered in horizontal beams and vertical struts. This system, combined with the layering of the Smith modified Vierendeel truss, exemplified in the KanZan House, provide the clarity of structure which also sets up a modular cadence to the rhythms of the house. The natural quality of the wooden laminated beams and columns, and the cedar siding, reflect the organic quality of a Minka village. The architectural concrete foundation walls, the stacked bond CMU masonry fireplaces, the zinc standing seam roofing and fascia combined with extensive glass walls, contrast with the organic elements to marry the traditional to the modern.

Principal Architect: Jack Smith FAIA
Chris Schwalbe: Computer Renderings, Construction Documents, and Construction Management

Minka House front elevation


Blaine County, Idaho.
Construction Completed 2020.

Custom home with expansive glazing allowing for dramatic views to Bald Mountain. The exposed glulam beam structure fully explores the potential of the Smith modified vierendeel truss system for snow loads and column free interior spaces. The house has PVs, glass elevator, terraces, and a zen garden.

Principal Architect: Jack Smith FAIA
Intial studies with Jessica Jellison AIA
Construction Documents and Construction Mannagement: John Montoya Architect, Ensitio Design.
Photography: Gabe Border.


Ketchum, Idaho
Completed 2018

An 1,800 sq.ft. custom home with a 625 sq.ft. two car garage located near downtown Ketchum, Idaho. The client required a master suite, his and her offices, guest accommodations and a two car garage on a very limited and highly restrictive lot. The mission was to maximize the commanding views to the surrounding mountains, near and far. Interior design and landscape design were integrated from the beginning and thoughtfully orchestrated by the Architects who designed custom built-in furniture for the project and collaborated on the landscape design. The main goal for the design was to maximize the usable area while minimizing the building footprint. The spaces are compact, but the split-level design allows for expansive spatial qualities within and the transparency expands the spaces outward, embodying the Japanese technique of ‘engawa’ to amplify the indoor/outdoor experience. The design incorporates many locally sourced materials selected for their durability and low maintenance, daylighting strategies, efficient radiant hydronic floor heating, energy efficient lighting, and exceeds energy code standards with zero roof penetrations. The design maximizes the tight and challenging lot allowing for views to Mount Baldy from the interior at all levels as well as from the exterior balcony and terrace. The roof is warped in a hyperbolic paraboloid by virtue of a series of straight exposed glulam beams all sloping in incremental degrees from a central axis. The roof allows for proper drainage and appears to float with transparent glass between all glulam beams on the north and south facades letting daylight in and celebrating the unique roof form. The material palette includes native fir, oak paneling, limestone, local Oakley stone and patinated copper siding and roof.

Principal Architect: Jack Smith FAIA.
Architecture in collaboration with Jessica Jellison AIA.
Landscape Architecture in collaboration with Peter Ker Walker.
Photography: Tanner Houselog & Tim Brown


Blaine County, Idaho.
Construction Completed June, 2014

This private residence is constructed of wood glue laminated beams and posts using a Smith modified vierendeel truss system. The exterior materials are architectural concrete, stucco, glass, cedar siding and corten steel flashings and fascias, all of which minimize maintenance and improve with age. The concrete and steel landscape walls to the west are intended to diminish the impact of potential snow slides and snow creep. The corten steel trellises provide sun and weather protection. The house exceeds Blaine County “Green Building” standards.

Principal Architect: Jack Smith FAIA.
In collaboration with Jessica Jellison AIA.
Photography: Fred Lindholm.


Washington State.
Construction Completed Spring 2013.

This private residence is located in a northwest lakeshore setting.  It responds to the clients’ needs for an extended family and long-term guests.  It retains privacy from the street and yet opens completely to outdoor terraces, an infinity pool, and views to the lake.

Architect: Jack Smith FAIA
Associate Architect: Stillwell Hanson Architects


Sun Valley, Idaho
Completed 2005

The House at Lane Ranch is reminiscent of the arts and crafts movement which gained momentum at the end of the 19th Century. This movement and a similar one known as the”shingle style” continue to be popular even into the 21st century. These styles of architecture known for an organic and natural use of materials and hand-crafted joinery. The influence from traditional Japanese architecture is not insignificant. Honest and expressed post and beam construction, often skinned with shingled roofs and walls, is typical. Deep roof overhangs and are strained use of earth colored materials, stains and paints are also typical. The arts and crafts movement is considered to be one of the precursors of modern architecture and was founded in part by William Morris at his “Red House” in Kent England (1859). Other exemplars are Charles Renie Mackintosh of Glasgow, Scotland; The Green brothers, who were made famous by their Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, California; Bernard Maybeck, Berkeley, California;Julia Morgan, Berkeley, California, and in some cases, Frank Lloyd Wright in his early work.This style of architecture was chosen by the architect for the Lane Ranch House for its contextual restraint and sympathetic use of materials in a mountain environment without the use of eclectic forms imposed on an organic and honest work


Blaine County, Idaho.
Construction Completed Fall 2004.

A residence constructed of wood post and beam, concrete, stucco, wood paneling and corrugated Cor-ten steel roof. The building is constructed on a gently sloping site with dramatic views to Bald Mountain and Boulder Mountain to the north.

Photography: Fred Lindholm.


Bigwood, Ketchum, Idaho.
Construction Completed Spring 2000.

A residence constructed on a steep site above the Bigwood Golf Course. The house bridges a natural ravine and has spectacular views of the
mountains and valley. It is constructed of laminated wood post and beam frame and natural stone with large glass areas.


Blaine County, Idaho.
Construction Completed Fall 1999.

A study in geometry and light, this house has been published in books, films, and journals. The Society of Architectural Historians named Eagle Creek one of the 100 most significant buildings in Idaho history. AIA Idaho Honor Award jury comment, “It’s pure poetry.”

Jack Smith, Arch.D., FAIA, relied on geometry and a two-to-one ratio for the architectural design of this home in Eagle Creek, an area just north of Ketchum, Idaho. He recounts how the design fit the site with little disruption and need for site work, and it took advantage of the equally strong views in all directions. The result is a home that sits harmoniously in the low foothills. The interior spaces fill with natural light and the angles and glass create interesting connections that unite the indoors and outdoors. 
A narrow lane of stone pavers meanders to a motor court and front entry just behind the triangular planter with a majestic bristle cone pine. The home fits comfortably amid its landscape, and as you learn of architect Jack Smith’s credentials, it is to be expected. For many years, Jack Smith was in partnership with Dan Kiley, America’s foremost landscape architect.

From the south, you can see the patio and ample outdoor living connecting to the open-planned great room and dining room. The angled concrete form was executed with ease. Utahns will be familiar with Jack Smith’s plan and concrete designs at Snowbird, done earlier in his career when he was partner and president of Enteleki. 

The interior is pure modern design with the simplicity and small natural material palette one would associate with Japanese design, which Smith studied before and during his doctoral work. To orient you, the camera is placed at the south end of the home by the patio that you viewed in the last exterior. Without obstruction, the room extends through the seating area with horseshoed sectionals and paired chairs, past the dining table that easily seats twelve, through the kitchen, and into an office with a fireplace set into the terminating concrete wall at the far end of the home. The walls and ceiling are birch except the inside of the pyramid skylights, which are plaster. The skylights work like a flashlight: the top is a relatively small opening that reflects and magnifies light. For an area known for a lot of snow (it is near the Sun Valley Resort), the skylights remain unobstructed by snow during the winter. The result is year-round soft natural daylight, as you can observe from the largest of the skylights shown in this image. In the distance you can see a skylight over the dining area and another over the kitchen. 
The geometry allows for more intimate spaces at each end of the great room. At the east end (nearest to the entrance) is a pair of Eames chairs and reading lamps in front of the fireplace. With the glass on both sides, it is almost like reading in an outdoor pavilion, except there is warmth and excellent light. 
At the opposite end, a pair of Saarinen chairs are positioned in the library for enjoying audio and television. The angle in the ceiling is a termination of the large skylight over the main seating area.
With a living area accommodating a dozen and these two more intimate settings, it is both a large entertaining home and a home intended for a quiet evening. Another skylight aligns with the dining table. While the home is generous with glass, it also has solid walls for art. The floor throughout is concrete. In the kitchen, the skylight is set above the island that seats five. Like the great room, the kitchen is designed both for entertaining and as a personal space. There is a coffee/beverage bar, a long counter for a buffet or staging courses for a dinner party, and a large range and cabinets for equipment that I am confident have produced some incredible meals. 

At the west end of the great room are three half-stairways and more opportunities for displaying art. The stairway to the left leads to two guest suites with patios that face south; in the center, the stairs lead down to an extension of the library and a place for wine-tasting; and to the right they rise to the primary suite. From the bed in the primary suite, not only does the skylight fill the room with natural daylight, but at night you can glimpse the stars and night sky. The views outside are to the north and west. Again the geometry gifts beautiful angled spaces. Here the shower adjoins a soaking tub with sliding glass doors separating them. The windows by the soaking tub open to the outdoors, and the open space of the nearby hillside provides solitude and privacy.  

I’ll close with an evening shot of the south side that I showed you during the daytime. An architect friend of mine said that houses are either daytime homes or nighttime homes, depending upon when they are intended to be lived in and enjoyed. While this is an entertaining home in a resort area, I can argue that the design provides for equal enjoyment during the day and evenings. 

It was my greatest pleasure to reconnect with Jack Smith. I have known him for more than four decades. He is still actively designing and practicing architecture in Sun Valley/Ketchum, and he is also an important figure in architecture with deep connections and great influence. He studied architecture at the University of Utah and apprenticed to Utah modernist architect John Sugden, a protégé of Mies van der Rohe. He practiced throughout the United States and Canada, designing much of Calgary’s skyline. Additionally, he has taught architecture at least four schools in addition to earning his doctorate from the University of Hawaii. As this home demonstrates, Jack Smith has a lot to teach us. – Scott Zimmerman, 2023,

Fed Lindholm
Tim Brown
Recent Photographs: Scott Zimmerman


Aurora, Oregon.
Construction Completed Fall 1999.

A primary residence constructed adjacent to the Willamette River in Aurora Oregon.


Ketchum, Idaho
Completed 1979-1980

2000 square foot residence

Photography: Fred Lindholm.


George Ranch, Sonoma, California.
Construction Completed 1994.

The Case House is constructed on a steeply sloping site which falls to the north 40 feet in height in the length of the house.  The site is covered with moss covered rock out-cropping and a forest of oak, bay and madrone trees.  Enclosing 4500 square feet of living and garage space in a single building and not exceeding the restrictive height limit of 25 feet above grade would have required the loss of major portions of trees. The design solution was to develop a campus plan of several small cottage type buildings which stair-step through the trees and rocks.  The result is a group of intimate spaces which the client requested in the program and the loss of only a few of the less significant trees.

AIA Honor Award in Architecture.
Idaho Chapter, 1994.


Blaine County, Idaho.
Construction Document Phase of Residence and Facilities 1989-1992.  Landscape Completed 1992.

River’s Edge is a multi-phased, environmentally integrated development on an eleven acre site, graded barren by a previous owner.  The program required a residence and private environmental research center to be integrated with an intensely landscaped site involving water coursers, wet-lands and experimental orchards, all of which are part of the ongoing research.  The project is also intended to be exemplary in how design professionals can collaborate with other environmental scientists to preserve and enhance our built and natural environment.

Landscape Architects: Jack Smith FAIA and Peter Ker Walker ASLA.


Gimlet, Blaine County, Idaho.
First Phase Completed 1975.
Second Phase Completed 1985.

AIA Regional Honor Award. 
Northwest and Pacific Region, 1993.
AIA State Merit Award.
Idaho Chapter, 1992.
AIA State Materials Use Merit Award. 
Idaho Chapter, 1991.

First phase with ENTELEKI, Principal Architect and Partner in Charge, Jack Smith, FAIA.1975.
Second Phase, Daryl McMillen, AIA, in consultation with Jack Smith, FAIA.1985.

While not literal, traditional Japanese principles and Western regionalism inform the design of this Idaho residence. The knee braces, a Western vernacular, provide lateral bracing which frees the plan. They also allow the principal beams to turn the corner in the same horizontal plane, a unique detail.

Photography: Fred Lindholm.


Flowers Mill, Blaine County, Idaho.
Design Phase 1995.

A large residence of approximately 14000 square feet in Flowers Mill, a residential community near the Bigwood River.  The clients requested that a house be designed using traditional log construction but which would also reflect and house a large collection of modern sculpture and paintings. The design solution setup a collision of geometry and metaphor, of traditional and modern concepts.  The diagram is based on a 15 degree axis over a 90 degree grid which is predicated on view corridors, sun angles and land contours.  The architectural and site geometry suggest an homage to Native American diagrams and Russian Constructivism.


Sun Valley, Idaho.
Construction Completed 1978.

A small residence on Trail Creek with integrated passive solar heating.


Gimlet, Blaine County, Idaho.
Construction Completed 1978.

Architect’s house built for his family. Jury comments: “The crisp, little box once again proves to be an elegant structure happy in a modest site.  The restrained use of materials and consistent detailing contribute to the continuity of ordered yet active spaces.  There is wonderful variety in the simple frame – A superb work.”

AIA Honor Award in Architecture.
Idaho Chapter, 1982.

Jury: William L. Fletcher, FAIA, Portland, Oregon; Jane Hastings, FAIA, Seattle, Washington; Henry Klein, FAIA, Mount Vernon, Washington.


Sun Valley, Idaho.
Construction Completed 1977.

AIA Award for Excellence in Architecture.
Idaho Chapter, 1980.

Photography: Fred Lindholm.


Design Research Phase 2013.

Axiom is a projected building system for residential use in temperate and torrid climate zones. The system is composed of bolted and/or welded steel tube sections. All elements of the structural and infill panels are pre-manufactured off site. The system allows for mechanical and electrical systems to be integrated within the walls without conflict with the structural system.  The foundation system allows for construction on sloping or flat building sites. The integral trellis system provides shade and weather protection. They may also be used for vegetation suitable for each specific climate. The building system is intended to be non site specific and more universal in nature. The two to three bedroom unit shown is only one of many configurations and sizes possible with this method of building.

Renderings by: Jordan Zignego



Silver Tip House
Bozeman, Montana
Design Phase, December 2021 Expected completion, Fall 2023

KanZan House
Hulen Meadows, Blain County, Idaho
Completed Summer 2020
AIA Idaho, Best Use of Wood in Residential Architecture “Special Award” 2021
AIA Idaho, Award of Merit in Architecture 2023
AIA Idaho, Best Use of Wood in Residential Architecture “Special Award” 2023

East Avenue House
731 East Avenue
Ketchum, Idaho
Completed Summer 2018
AIA Idaho Award of Citation in Architecture 2018

Poulsen House IV
491 Hulen Way
Hulen Meadows, Blaine County, Idaho
Completed Fall 2019

Poulsen House III
350 Foxglove Lane
Hulen Meadows, Blaine County, Idaho
Completed Spring 2014
AIA Idaho Award of Merit 2014
AIA Montana Award of Citation 2014

Poulsen House II
Black Butte Ranch, Idaho
A small weekend house to support water skiing
Completed 2005

Poulsen House I
250 Foxglove Lane
Hulen Meadows, Blaine County, Idaho
Completed September 2004
AIA Idaho Award of Honor in Architecture 2004

Michael’s West End, Ltd.
A twelve Acre Private Residential Compound
Gimlet, Idaho
Completed Spring 2003

House at 51 Lane Ranch Road
Lane Ranch, Sun Valley, Idaho
Completed December 2005

Shinagel – Budihas Residence
109B Latigo Lane, Ketchum, Idaho
Major Remodeling
Completed Winter 2005

Curran Residence
Warm Springs
Ketchum, Idaho
Completed Fall 2006

Dunn Residence
Indian Creek, Blaine County, Idaho
Design Phase

Hall Residence
Ketchum, Idaho
Design Phase

Lakeshore Residence
Faben Point
Mercer Island, Washington
Completed Spring 2013

The Budihas House
Bigwood, Ketchum, Idaho
Design Phase 1995

The Budihas House
Aurora, Oregon
A primary residence constructed adjacent to the Willamette River in Aurora Oregon.
Completed fall 1999

The Hunt House
Flowers Mill, Blaine County, Idaho
Design Phase1995

The Hunt House and Farm Stay, Paratiho, Farm Stay
Motueka, New Zealand
1996 – 1999
This is a large residence and lodge of approximately 20,000 square feet with six rental bedroom suites. The buildings and related amenities are constructed on a 2000 acre working sheep and cattle farm in Motueka, New Zealand.
Construction completed 1999.

The Case House
George Ranch, Sonoma, California
Completed 1994
AIA Idaho Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture 1994

River’s Edge
Blaine County, Idaho
A primary residence on an eleven-acre site. The Commission included architecture, environmental research, site planning and landscape design.
Construction Document Phase and Partial Construction 1989-1992

Lane Ranch Mountain Villas
Blaine County, Idaho
Four mountain villas ranging in size from 3,600 square feet to 6,000 square feet to be constructed for re-sale.
Design Phase 1991

Boyer Residence
Ketchum, Idaho
Completed 1991

Byerly Residence
Hulen Meadows, Blaine County, Idaho
Completed 1995 

Johnson Residence
Ketchum, Idaho
Completed 1995

The Ward House (Waterfall House)
Bigwood, Ketchum, Idaho
A residence constructed on a steep site above the Bigwood Golf Course. The house bridges a natural ravine and waterfall and has spectacular views of the mountains and valley.  It is constructed of laminated timber post and beam frame and natural stone with large glass areas.
Construction completed spring, 2000

House at Eagle Creek
Eagle Creek, Blaine County Idaho
A residence constructed of a steel frame, stucco walls, stone base, and copper roofs. The building overlooks the Wood River Valley and Bald Mountain and is positioned high on a gently sloping site.
Construction completed fall,1999
AIA Idaho Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture 2000
Citation: SAH Society of Architectural Historians – One of 100 most significant buildings in Idaho history.

Jack & Sue Smith Residence
Gimlet, Blaine County, Idaho
Completed 1978
AIA Idaho Honor Award 1982

Demetre Residence
Sun Valley, Idaho
Completed 1979

Shillington Residence
Ketchum, Idaho
Completed 1978
AIA Idaho Award for Excellence in Architecture 1980

Gund Pool
Sun valley, Idaho
Completed 1978

Wood Residence
Sun Valley, Idaho
Completed 1978

Movitz Residence
Sun Valley, Idaho
Completed 1977
AIA Idaho Honor Award 1980

Smith / Bertea Residence
Gimlet, Blaine County, Idaho
First Phase Completed 1975
Second Phase Completed 1985
Second Phase in collaboration with Darryl McMillen, Architect
AIA NW+PR Regional Honor Award 1993
AIA Idaho Merit Award 1992
AIA Idaho Materials Use Merit Award 1991

Demetre Residence
Sun Valley, Idaho

Byerly House
Hulen Meadows
Blaine County, Idaho

Boyer House
Ketchum, Idaho

Badell House
Ketchum, Idaho

Clayton House
Sun Valley, Idaho

Fuller House
Elk Horn at Sun Valley, Idaho

Ann Angle House
Elk Horn at Sun Valley Idaho

Humphrey House
Elk Horn at Sun Valley, Idaho  

Taylor House
Big Wood, Ketchum, Idaho

Barker/Hibbs House
Walker Lane
Salt Lake City, Utah

Ralph and Geneva Smith House – John Sugden, Architect
Evergreen Lane
Salt Lake City, Utah

Ralph and Geneva Smith House – Max Hair, Designer
Millcreek Road
Salt Lake City, Utah

Barker / Hibbs House
Walker Lane
Salt Lake City, Utah

Arlington Hills Competition
Salt Lake City, Utah
Honorable Mention


Arriba Juntos
Affordable Housing Development
Mission District
San Francisco, California
Consulting Architect
1987 – 1989

TIBS: Thermally Isolated Building System
With Jessica Jellison, AIA
Montana State University School of Architecture   2010

China Housing Project
Prototypical Prefabricated Steel Frame Multi-Family Housing
University of Hawaii School of Architecture

Prototypical Prefabricated Steel Frame Single-Family Housing
Montana State University School of Architecture

Solar Village
Sixteen affordable house
Hailey, Idaho

50 x 50 House
House Pavilion Studies and Model

400 + 2 House-Pavilion Study
University of Utah School of architecture

HAT: Habitat Autonomous by Technology
Off-Grid Housing Study using space-age technology.
University of Utah School or Architecture

Sigma Nu Fraternity House
Fraternity Row, University of Utah
Additions and Color Conversions to an existing 1930s building using the principles of De Stijl. With Gary Pickering

University of Utah School of Architecture
Basic Design Projects
Thomas Kass and Jack Smith, Instructors    


100 Seventh Building
Ketchum, Idaho
Design Phase 2018

The 511 Building
Ketchum, Idaho
A 30,000 square foot mixed use commercial building. Uses include retail and a residential penthouse.
Completed 1991
Honor Award, Northwest Electric and Power Association Conference, Portland Oregon. “Architecture and Energy” – Building Excellence in the Northwest. Bonneville Power Administration and the American Institute of Architects, Portland Chapter 1993
Gold Nugget Merit Award, Best in Category, “Mixed Use” Annual International Competition, Pacific Coast Builders Conference.1993
Excellence in Energy Efficient Construction Award. Idaho Power Company 1991
AIA Idaho Citation Award 1992

AIA Idaho Honor Award, Materials Use – Steel 1992

Redfish Lake Lodge Resort
SNRA Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho
Master Plan, New Boat Dock, New Cabins, and Renovations and Additions to Existing Buildings
Design & Construction Phases 1998 – 2002
AIA Idaho Merit Award – Boat Docks – 2002

BSU Children’s Center
Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
A nine classroom child day care facility on the Boise State University Campus.
In joint venture with Bradford Paine Shaw, AIA, Boise, Idaho
Completed September 1995

Idaho Transportation Department Office Building
Region VI, Rigby, Idaho
For the Division of Public Works, State of Idaho
A new office building of approximately 5,000 square feet and renovations and additions to an existing office building.
Completed July 1996
AIA Idaho Award of Citation in Architecture 1998

Idaho Falls Art Guild
Idaho Falls, Idaho
A new building for the Idaho Falls Art Guild of approximately 10,000 square feet adjacent to the Snake River in Idaho Falls. The building contains exhibition galleries, artist’s studios and classrooms.
Design Phase Only 1995

RMDC:  Rocky Mountain Dharma Center
Boulder, Colorado
Studies and Model for a meditation pavilion

Attorney’s Office Building
Twin Falls, Idaho 

Zantman Art Gallery
Courtyard Building, Ketchum, Idaho
Completed Summer 2000

Sagebrush Gallery and Interiors
Ketchum, Idaho

Whitehawk Ranch
Plumas County, California
Whitehawk Ranch is a 950 acre mountain ranch resort with diverse all-seasons recreational facilities including golf, tennis, swimming, equestrian center, cross country skiing and ice skating. 
Commission included architecture, site planning, landscape design, interior design and graphics.  
Equestrian Center Completed 1989
AIA NW+PR Regional Honor Award 1992
AIA Idaho Honor Award 1992
AIA Idaho Honor Award Materials Use – wood – 1991

Sagewillow Farms Equestrian Center
Elkhorn at Sun Valley, Idaho
Equestrian facility with indoor arena, stables, and other outbuildings.
Completed 1980
AIA Idaho Merit Award 1980

First Church of the Nazarene
Twin Falls, Idaho 
A sanctuary and Christian education facility on a new eight acre campus for a congregation of approximately one thousand people.
Commission included architecture, site planning, landscape architecture and interior design.
Design Phase 1980
Dan Kiley, Landscape Consultant. Project was not completed due to lack of funding.

Snell’s Barn
Norwich, Vermont 
Conversion of a 100-year-old barn to a modest event center for music and poetry. Retention of the original structure and character of the barn was paramount in the design.

Alcoa Building One Maritime Plaza
San Francisco, California
Consulting Architect and space planning
Design studies for Plaza, Lobby, and Urban Context
1984- 1989

One Market Plaza
San Francisco, California
Consulting architect
Design Studies for Lobby, Commercial Spaces and Urban Context

Golden Gateway Center
San Francisco, California
Consulting Architect, Interior Design of Lobbies and Interior and Exterior Public Spaces
Revisions to colors and sports facilities  

Canadian Consulate
San Francisco, California
Consulting Architect


Snowbird Resort
Wasatch Mountains, Near Salt Lake City, Utah
1965 – 1975

Citation: SAR Society of Architectural Historians: Noted as top 100 projects in Utah history. Numerous awards and publications internationally.

Snowbird is a four-season resort in the rugged Wasatch Mountains of Utah, some nine miles above the Salt Lake valley floor.  It is studiously modern and American in concept.  The nature of the terrain, the scale of the mountains and the land ownership required a bold concept of multi-level structures which follow the natural contours of the land. These structures provide lodging, commercial space, employee housing, parking and maintenance facilities.  The plaza and skier’s bridge over Little Cottonwood Creek are the nucleus of the plan. Skier and pedestrian circulation  move outward from this central plaza to the mountain and all buildings and facilities. The plan avoids a piecemeal multiplication of small chalets across the site seen in so many other resorts in Europe and America.  Steep grades, avalanche paths and existing trees were all accommodated in the design.

Design Team
The designs for The Snowbird buildings and mountain development were done by a team of people including Snowbird Design Group; Ted Johnson, Original Developer of Snowbird; Beat Von Allmen, Mountain Development Consultant; Edward LaChapelle, Glaciologist; Dan Kiley & Partners, Landscape Architects and Planners; and the Enteleki Partners; Jack Smith was the author of the original concepts and a member of the Snowbird Design Group beginning in 1964. He was Partner in Charge with Dan Kiley and Partners, and Partner in Charge with ENTELEKI. He was also the coordinating partner and supervised the construction of the buildings and mountain development from 1970 through 1975.
Snowbird Design Group, Salt Lake City, Utah
Brixen & Christopher, Architects
Robert Bliss, Architect
Jack Smith, Architect
The original concepts of planning and architecture were done by Snowbird Design Group.

Consulting Landscape Architects
Dan Kiley and Partners, Charlotte, Vermont
Dan Kiley; Henry Arnold; Peter Ker Walker; Ian Tyndal
Jack Smith, Partner in Charge

Principal Architects

ENTELEKI, Architecture, Planning, Research
Salt Lake City, Utah and San Francisco, California
Jack Smith, Architect, Partner in Charge;
Ray Kingston, Architect; Frank Ferguson, Architect;
John Perkins, Architect

Brixen & Christopher Architects, Salt Lake City, Utah

Continuing work on Snowbird from 1975:

Fowler, Ferguson, Kingston & Ruben, FFKR, Architects, Salt Lake City, Utah
The firm ENTELEKI changed its name to FFKR when Jack Smith went into independent practice in San Francisco, California and Ketchum, Idaho. Jack Smith was a collaborating principal of FFKR Architects until the Fall of 2006 when he began teaching at Montana State University School of Architecture.

Lodge 1V, Iron Blossom
Iron Blossom Lodge is a 192 unit 11 story condominium lodge hotel.
The structure is composed of staggered vierendeel concrete trusses which alternate in section to accommodate borrowed space in an adjacent bay for flexibility of plan.  The two story elements provide a variety of spaces for each condominium unit.
ENTELEKI Completed 1975

The Cliff Lodge
The Cliff Lodge is a 163 unit 12 story lodge hotel.  The structure is a concrete frame built on a 90 degree grid with non bearing dividing partitions at 45 degree to 90 giving long views and sun to both exposures of a double loaded corridor.  The structure follows the natural contours of very steep terrain. 
A major addition was completed in 1989 by Architects FFKR
ENTELEKI First Phase Completed 1974 FFKR Second Phase Completed 1987

Mid Gad- Valley Restaurant
The Mid-Gad Valley Restaurant and Warming Facility was constructed of glue-laminated wood beams and steel gusset plates.  The structure was pre-cut and assembled in snow conditions at high elevation.  The building accommodates 200 skiers.  The flat roof allows high winds to remove the snow naturally.  The structure was designed to withstand 125 mile per hour winds and blizzards that can deposit 14 feet of snow.  Minimal foundation concrete was required due to the bridge type design.  
ENTELEKI Completed 1972

Employee Housing Building
ENTELEKI Completed 1974

Lodge Five
A 192 Unit, 19 story condominium lodge.
ENTELEKI Design Phase 1972

Warming Hut, Lower Gad Valley
ENTELEKI Completed 1972

Avalanche Control Building and Lift Operator’s Stations
ENTEKLEKI Completed 1971

Snowbird Executive Residence
ENTELEKKI Completed 1973

Architectural Projects with Snowbird Design Group
BRIXEN & CHRISTOPHER, Architects of Record
Jack Smith, Associate, Brixen & Christopher and Partner, Snowbird Design Group

Snowbird Base Facilities
Plaza, Skiers Bridge, Tram Terminal, Commercial Shops and Restaurants, Business Offices and Parking Structure.

Lodge No.1, The Lodge at Snowbird

Snowbird Executive Office Building  (Proto-type for Lodge #1)

Turramurra Lodge at Snowbird


Jack Smith, Architect

Lookout Restaurant and Skiing Support Facility
Top of Baldy Mountain, Sun Valley, Idaho  
Design Phase 1976

Baldy Mountain, Sun Valley, Idaho
Addition and alterations to the sun deck including a glass wind screen.  
Completed 1977

Sun Valley Opera House
Renovations to the existing Sun Valley opera house including conversion to continental seating and provisions for dance and legitimate theater at the stage. Completed 1978

Park City Resort
Coordinating and Supervising Architect for the original development of Park City Utah in it conversion to a ski resort. Including the original gondola, angle station, base lodge and top terminal.
Employed by Panushka and Peterson Architects   1963 – 1964

Deer Valley at Park City
Studies for the expansion of development into Deer Valley for Park City Mining Company.    1964-65


Architect Jack Smith, Smith Associates P.A. San Francisco

Consulting Architect for One Maritime Plaza (Alcoa Building)
1985 – 1992

Consulting Architect for One Market Place
1986 – 1992

Consulting Architect for the Golden Gateway Center
1985 – 1993

Shartsis, Friese & Ginsburg Law Offices
Alcoa Building, San Francisco California
Two Full floors Space Planning, Interior Design and Furnishings.
Completed 1987 – 1989

Friedman, Sloan & Ross Law Offices
Alcoa Building, San Francisco, California
Partial floor space planning, interior design and furnishings.
Completed 1987

Lukens, Cooper, Perry & Drummond Law Offices
Alcoa Building, San Francisco, California
Partial floor space planning, interior design and furnishings.
Completed 1987

Royal  Cruise Line
Alcoa Building, San Francisco, California
Full floor space planning, interior design and furnishings.
Completed 1987

Canadian Consulate
San Francisco, California
Consulting architect, space planning and design for full floor offices.
Completed 1987


Whitehawk Ranch
Plumas County, California
A 950 acre mountain ranch with diverse recreational facilities.
Planning Completed 1983 – 89

St. George, Utah
A master plan for a 33 acre planned development with 254 affordable modular housing units.
Completed 1984

Shaundell  (Now The Valley Club)
Blaine County, Idaho
A master plan for a 317 acre planned unit development for 125 families including a golf course and complimentary recreational facilities.
Approved 1980

Blaine County, Idaho
A master plan for a 336 acre planned unit development on the Big Wood River for 145 families. Project included cluster housing, a river park and a bird and wildlife sanctuary.
Approved with commendations 1981

Hyndman Peak
Blaine County, Idaho
A master plan for a 307 acre planned unit development on the East Fork of the Big Wood River for single family units.
Approved 1979

Blaine County, Idaho
A master plan for a 191 acre planned unit development for 115 single family housing units. Project includes a school site, equestrian center, park and green-way links to public lands.
Approved 1979

Blaine County, Idaho
Master Plan for a 317 acre Planned Unit Development 117 single family residences
Approved 1980

Tahoe Resort and Racquet Club
A long-range plan master plan for remodeling and continuing development of a resort hotel which incorporates the original Tennis America Training Camp
Study completed 1974

The Villas at Tierra Buena
Fallbrook, San Diego County, California
A 38-acre Planned Unit Development and recreational amenities. For 38 housing units compatible with a turn-of-of-the- century hacienda.
Design Phase approved 1985

Palo Mesa Oaks
Fallbrook, San Diego County, California
Consulting Architect for a 25-unit single family residential development integrated with live-oak trees on a rolling site.
The commission included architectural design for five plan types, review of site planning, landscape design, interior design, and architecture.  

Pumpkin Buttes Base Line Environmental Study
Campbell County, Wyoming
Cognizant project manager and study coordinator for a 500 square mile environmental non degradation baseline study in Eastern Wyoming.  Responsibilities included coordination of environmental scientists for all disciplines.
Study completed 1978 – 1979

Sol Y Nieve Study
Near Grenada, Spain
A planning report for expansion and revisions to an existing summer and winter resort.  The report was done in collaboration with Dan Kiley and Partners and Beat Von Allmen.
Completed 1976


ENTELEKI, Architecture, planning, research. Jack Smith, president and founding partner.

Snowbird Resort, Utah
1965 – 1975

Indian Creek Ranch
Blaine County, Idaho
A master plan for 2,500  acre ranch near Sun Valley, Idaho.  The project includes sites for 250 single family residences and support facilities for the residential community.  The plan uses the “Edge Concept” of planning permitting the floor of the valley and the fragile hills to remain mostly undisturbed.
Approved 1975

Maple Hills
Bountiful, Utah
Master planning for a 700 acre new community development, including primary housing and all related facilities.
Approved 1975

Tahoe Resort and Racquet Club
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
A long- range master plan for remodeling and continuing development of a resort hotel which incorporates the original Tennis America Training Camp.
Completed 1974

Serramonte Vista Apartments
South San Francisco, California
A 528 Unit Apartment Complex – not constructed.      
With the Design Company, San Francisco

Galena Condominiums
Ketchum, Idaho

Balsam Root Condominiums
Ketchum, Idaho

Alpine Tahoe Lodge
Lake Tahoe, California

John Colter Inn
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Bigwood Resort
Blaine County, Idaho
Master planners and architects for a recreational and living community and new ski resort north of Sun Valley at Butterfield Creek.  Project was designed for 1500 dwelling units with support facilities and the development of a major new ski area.
Study completed 1973

Planet Ranch
Western Arizona
Master planning and consulting to Planet Ranch which incorporates continuing agricultural use of land with sales of vacation homes.
Study completed 1973

La Sal Study
Grand County, Utah
A land use study for the Four Corners Regional Commission and Grand County.
Study completed 1973

Grouse Mountain
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Master plan for continuing development of an existing resort.
Report and plan completed 1972

Hyak Meadows Project
Snoqualmie, Washington
A study and preliminary master plan for recreational development of a major part of the Snoqualmie Pass area.
Study completed 1972

Representative Projects with Dan Kiley and Partners, Landscape Architecture, Land Use Planning, Environmental Research and Architecture. 

Jack Smith, Associate and Partner. 1967 – 1970

Fort Lawton Park (Now named Discovery Park)
Seattle, Washington
A study and plan of 534 acres for the conversion of a military fort to a large regional park for the City of Seattle.
Study completed 1970

Wildcat Mountain
New Hampshire
Studies for improvements and additions to an existing ski resort.
Study completed 1970

Killington, Vermont
Studies for revisions and expansion of the base village involving a land trade with the U.S. Forest Service.
Study completed 1970

Stowe Vermont
Remedial Studies for improved lift, ski, and traffic circulation. 

Lakelands Housing Project
Burlington Vermont   1969

Overlake Housing Project   
Burlington, Vermont   1969

Sugarloaf Mountain
Kingfield, Maine
A master plan for the future development of an existing ski area.
Plan completed 1970

Laird Study
Waitsfield, Vermont
A land use analysis and proposal for 30,000 acres in Mad River Valley owned by Laird Properties.
Study completed 1969 – 1970

Carabassett Valley Study
Carabassett Valley, Maine
A regional land use study encompassing approximately 1,000 square miles in an area owned by several paper companies and the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Area.  The Second phase of the study was done in collaboration with Sasaki, Dawson and Demay.
Study completed 1969 – 1970

Chicago Inland Regional Parks
Chicago, Illinois
A study commissioned by the Department of Development and Planning for seven city parks over 150 acres in size to assess new uses for nineteenth century parks for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  These parks are located in troubled areas of  Chicago.
Study completed 1969

Waumbeck – Kilkenny
Whitefield, New Hampshire
A plan for a year-round resort village with ski slopes, golf course and water recreation.
Study completed 1968

Grandfather Mountain
Linville, North Carolina
A master plan for a resort development on 10,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Plan completed 1968

Stowe, Vermont
Studies for the reorganization of the base village circulation system for an existing ski resort.
Study completed 1968

Mount Washington Studies
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Design studies for remedial work on the summit of Mt. Washington for the State of New Hampshire Governor’s Committee.
Study completed 1968

Tenth Street Overlook Park
Washington, D.C.
An overlook park designed as the terminus to the Tenth Street Mall.
Completed 1968

Floating City
Broward County, Florida
A plan for a new resort city incorporating golf courses and waterways as the matrix for development.
Study and plans completed1968

Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
A plan to create a public park with a two level shopping plaza below, in the city’s central square.
Plan Completed 1967

Ottauquechee Study
Ottauquechee River Basin, Vermont
A land use study and plan for the 200 square mile Ottauquechee River Basin to assess the capacity of this drainage basin for recreation without destroying the natural environment.  Sponsored by Lawrence Rockefeller.
Study and report completed 1967

Carleton College
Northfield, Minnesota
A master plan to anticipate growth of an existing campus including new construction sites, circulation systems and landscape design.
Plan completed 1967

Plus 15 Bridge
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Design Architect for a steel frame proto-type pedestrian bridge which initiated an elevated enclosed pedestrian walkway system in the urban core of Calgary:  The first link spans 118 feet from the Calgary Inn Hotel to Calgary Place.
Dan Kiley and Partners, Design Architects, Jack Smith, Partner-in-Charge;  Abugov & Sunderland, Architects of Record;  Reed, Jones, Christopherson, Structural Engineer.
Completed 1970

Calgary Place
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Design and consulting architect for an urban complex consisting of a 31-story office building for Mobil Oil, a 24-story office building for Superior Oil, a banking pavilion for the Toronto Dominion Bank with roof garden, shopping malls, cinema and parking below grade. 
Dan Kiley and Partners, Design Architects, Jack Smith, Partner-in-Charge; Abugov & Sunderland, Architects of Record; Reed, Jones, Christopherson, Structural Engineers.
Completed 1970

Pacific 66 Plaza
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Design and consulting architect for a 24-story office building for Pacific 66 Petroleum Company.  The project includes a small civic plaza which links to the Plus 15 pedestrian walkway system.
Dan Kiley and Partners, Design Architects, Jack Smith, Partner-in-Charge; Stevenson, Raines, Barrett, Hutton, and Seaton, Architects of Record;  Reed, Jones, Christopherson, Structural Engineers
Completed 1970

Royal Bank Building
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Design and consulting architect for a 26-story office building for the western headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada.
Dan Kiley and Partners, Design Architects, Jack Smith, Partner-in-Charge;  Hy Tolchinsky, Architect of Record;  Reed, Jones, Christopherson, Structural Engineers.
Completed 1970

I.C.A.O.  International Civil Aviation Organization
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
An architectural design study including  site analysis, programming and space planning for the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the United Nations.
Dan Kiley and Partners, Jack Smith, Partner-in-Charge.
1969 – 1970

The Great Miami River Corridor Study
Jack Smith worked with Dan Kiley and Partners in a consulting capacity only.1972