Adrian Smith (b. August 19th, 1944) is an American architect noted for his designs for sustainable highrise buildings. Although he was born in Chicago, his family moved from Illinois to California when he was five. Smith studied at the Texas A&M University in College Station from 1962 to 1966. After his studies he embarked on a career spanning nearly four decades with the large Chicago practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) where he became a Design Partner in the Chicago office in 1980 and a Consulting Design Partner in 2004. He also served as SOM’s Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 1995.
After nearly four decades with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill ), Smith left in 2006 to found his own firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) together with Gordon Gill and Robert Forest. AS+GG aims to focus on design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture.
Projects under his design direction have won over 90 major awards for design excellence, including 5 international awards, 8 National AIA awards, 22 Chicago AIA awards, and 2 ULI Awards for Excellence. Smith's work at SOM has been featured in major museums in the United States, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.
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