Cass Calder Smith

Founding Principal
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Established the San Francisco architectural firm that bears his name in 1990. Celebrating its 20th year in the Bay Area, CCS-Architecture is located in a converted warehouse in the South of Market district with a staff of 20. In 2005, CCS-Architecture opened an office in NYC to better meet the needs of its diverse range of residential, commercial and mixed use clients.

Born in 1961, Smith earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of New York City, he has lived in California since 1972. As the son of an Academy-Award winning filmmaker and a California landscape painter and designer, his early years were influenced by both Greenwich Village intellectuals and rural California artisans.

Smith is recognized internationally for his architectural and interior design projects. Firmly based in the modernist idiom, Smith draws inspiration from history’s great architects and cities as well as the epic filmmakers of the last century. Bold imagery and intricate detail are characteristic of his designs balanced with experience and common sense.

Smith and his work have won numerous awards and have been recognized in The New York Times, Metropolitan Home, Metropolis, Dwell, Interior Design and Abitare, among others.

Barbara Turpin-Vickroy

Interior Design Director

Melissa Werner

Director of Operations