Firm Profile


Barry R. Smith

Architects are uniquely qualified - and ethically obligated - to lead the community by design with responsible, broad-based training, and critical thinking. The mission of Barry R Smith, PC, Architect is to work with communities, clients, institutions, and relevant agencies to develop sustainable, viable, sensible, and meaningful environments at home and throughout the world.

For nearly two decades Barry R. Smith, PC, Architect [BRSA] has practiced architecture in Portland, Oregon USA. With a background in historic preservation, infill urban planning, sustainability, land use, innovative design, and finance, the firm is headed up by National Council of Architectural Registration Boards member Barry R. Smith. The firm has grown to specialize in developing and maintaining facilities around the globe.

The firm is committed to staying small and agile. In addition to the principal architect and associate the staff currently includes an architect, a project/technical manager, a design manager, and communications director. Community and non-profit commitments are a fundamental part of BRSA, including the sponsorship of a Portand jazz festival concert (see image), the Albina Head Start program, and the elephant sanctuary in Tennessee.

About Barry R. Smith


Barry R. Smith

Smith’s designs of Hotels, Restaurants, Housing, Institutions, and Commercial Buildings have resulted in the development of projects as varied as profitable, luxury international hotels to sustainable and affordable local in-fill housing. Smith has received National, State, City, and Private Group awards.

A graduate of Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana, Smith introduced and taught a successful series of experimental courses focusing on urban design that not only blends into a city’s infrastructure, but also meets neighborhood, governmental, investor, and environmental demands. As a classically trained architect with the city’s oldest historic firm, Smith’s projects included working on the first mixed-use, multi-family Rowhouses in America, the Pontalba Buildings in the French Quarter.

In 1993 he opened the doors to his own firm and began leading the way in traditional, sustainable, and smart infill design. His approach to working hands-on with neighborhood groups and clients while satisfying the demands of government codes and budgets is unique. Smith is licensed to practice architecture in Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, New York, Florida, Michigan, Colorado, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Louisiana. Barry Smith is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Oregon.