Michael Smith is a principal at rukamathu.smith, an interdisciplinary design firm working at a range of scales and through a variety of mediums. Michael received his B.S. in Architecture from Arizona State University in 2005 and his M. Arch I from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2013, where he was awarded the Alpha Ro Chi Medal for “his ability for leadership, willing service for his school and promise of real professional merit through his attitude and personality.” In the spring of 2012 Michael was awarded the prestigious Kohn Pedersen Fox Traveling Fellowship and subsequently authored the book, “Landscapes of Isolation: Kohn Pedersen Fox Traveling Fellowship 2012.”
Prior to founding rukamathu.smith, Michael worked at the offices of MOS Architects and Graham Downes Architecture where he specialized in schematic design, construction documents, digital + analog fabrication and gallery installations. Michael previously taught GSD’s Career Discovery Program as an Architecture Studio Instructor in 2012 and as a Design Representation Instructor in 2013. In the fall of 2013 he co-taught a Harvard College course with K. Michael Hays and was awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching at Harvard University. He currently holds a Lecturer position at GSD, co-teaching HAA 179X “Construction Lab” to Harvard College concentrators in the Architectural Studies Track.
Michael has served as a guest critic at Arizona State University, Wentworth, Boston Architectural College, MIT and Northeastern University before joining the GSD faculty, where he has been teaching since the fall of 2013.