Smiljan Radic Clarke was born in Santiago de Chile in 1965. He studied at the Catholic University of Chile's Schol of Architecture, where he graduated in 1989. Later, he studied at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy. He travelled for three years on and off, and finally opened his own office in Santiago in 1995.
In 2001 he was named the best under 35 year old architect by the Chile College of Architects, and in 2009 he was appointed as an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.
Smiljan Radic has lectured extensively and has mounted several architecture exhibitions on his work, including 'Global Ends', at the Ma Gallery in Tokio in 2010, 'People Meet in Architecture', with sculptor Marcela Correa at the 12th Internation Architecture Exhibition in Venice (2010), and 'An Orange Noise' at the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art (2012). He was selected to design the 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.