Jim Smith, AIA

Architect / Associate
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Jim Smith, AIA

Architect / Associate

Jim has more than 30 professional years working on a diverse array of projects and building types. His primary focus, however, is on building exteriors, skin/detail development and execution. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is professionally certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Jim studied architecture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Prior to joining BVH, Jim gained valuable experience working several years with OWP&P Architects in Chicago. His extensive technical experience in masonry, precast concrete, waterproofing, roofing, curtain walls and metal panel systems bring a wealth of knowledge to project design teams. He is committed to the rigorous concepts of building science to achieve meaningful sustainable design for BVH clients.

Jim is fascinated with highly advanced three-dimensional computerized tools available to architects today, especially given how architects worked 30 or 40 years ago. Going forward, the evolution of digital technology for architects has allowed for a more efficient design process for building design teams. Jim finds it very professionally rewarding to be a part of this trend.

What is the favorite place you have visited?
Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio – Oak Park, Illinois.

What are you optimistic about?
I have continued optimism about the architect’s role regarding building science and tectonic integrated design, which will in turn contribute to a more robust sustainable building.

How do you engage your community?
I enjoy viewing documentaries on PBS.

What is your area of interest or research?
I am interested in the pursuit of knowledge discovered through building forensic investigation.

What is your inspiration?
I am inspired by individuals committed to solving the serious problems associated with global warming.