Stephen C. Smith

Visiting Assistant Professor; Graduate Program Director


College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

MSAAD, Advanced Architectural Design, The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Columbia University

BArch, Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Studies Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Stephen Charles Smith, RA, NCARB, is the graduate program director for the Master of Architecture program at the University of Hartford. Smith also serves as a visiting assistant professor for the Department of Architecture. He is the principal of Stephen Charles Smith Architects, founded in 2017. Smith has taught a number of different courses including: Architectural Design Studio, Construction Documents, Materials and Methods, Interior Design Studio, Building Codes, Building Systems, AutoCAD, Revit, Visual Communication, and Introduction to Architecture. Stephen was Practitioner in Residence at the University of New Haven in 2019-2020 and has previously taught Architecture at Barnard College in New York City, Harlem Academy, and has been an invited design critic at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Stephen earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 2009 and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 2017. He is a Registered Architect in Connecticut and Rhode Island, a LEED AP, and has been an active member of the AIA community. At AIA CT, Stephen was Chair of the Emerging Architectural Community Committee, served on the Intern Task Force, and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2010-2011. Stephen has also sat on the Board of Directors of the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program in New Haven from 2010-2015.

Prior to starting his own practice, Stephen was a Designer, Architect, and Project Manager at several leading architecture firms for over 10 years, including Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York, NY and Silver/Petrucelli + Associates in Hamden, CT. He has extensive experience across a broad range of building types and scales: private residential, multi-family housing, tall building design, retail, mixed-use, historic preservation, commercial interiors, cultural facilities, government offices, banks, libraries, schools and educational buildings, fire/emergency response, corporate headquarters, hotels, and furniture design.


  • NCARB Certified Architect, National Council of Architecture Registration Boards

  • LEED Accredited Professional, United States Green Building Council

  • SEED Certification (Social, Economic, and Environmental Design)