Firm History

Michael Smith Architects (MSA) was initially founded in 1999 by firm principal Michael Smith. Mr. Smith worked as a project designer and architect for 12 years under well known Westchester County architect Richard Henry Behr where he eventually became Vice President and Director of Design for the firm. Mr. Smith has designed a wide range of high quality projects including large single family custom residences, boutique commercial projects, educational facilities, and multi-family residential projects. MSA and its current staff have over 15 years of experience in a diverse range of projects focusing on highly customized residences in the New York City metro area.

Design Philosophy

We view each project as client specific and work to create custom solutions that respond to the client’s wishes, the environment, and the project’s historical context. The design philosophy of the firm centers around the idea that the careful application of the design principles of simplicity, consistency, and authenticity will yield a timeless work of architecture regardless of the style or type of building. Through its membership in the U.S. Green Building Council, MSA strives to incorporate many sustainable or “green” features into its projects and takes great care to integrate these new technologies into each design in a seamless and harmonious way.

Professional Affiliations and Registrations

  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • Registered Architect – State of NY, State of CT
  • National Member – U.S. Green Building Council
  • Chapter Member and Sponsor – CT Green Building Council
  • American Institute of Architects – Connecticut Chapter