MS|A, founded in 2011 by Micah D. Smith, AIA, is a small San Luis Obispo-based architecture firm specializing in custom residential and small to medium-sized commercial projects. With 15 years of architectural experience, Micah’s creative problem solving, knowledge and resourcefulness lead to value-added architectural service and superior built work. MS|A brings a passion for design together with a pride in quality deliverables and overall team experience to each and every project. Client expectations are exceeded at MS|A.
A core principle at MS|A is building strong personal and professional relationships that transcend any individual project. Success is measured in human terms, not just the traditional metrics of design/budget/schedule/execution. The importance of a strong team plays out throughout the life a project because of MS|A’s collaborative design approach, which aims to bring together the right team for each project.
Design principles for the firm include sustainability, creative use of materials, clean lines, strong massing, and complementary uses of color and materials. The end result is rich, tasteful, timeless, and provocative.
Prior to starting his own firm, Micah gained experience with a variety of firms and construction-related businesses before settling in the previous 7 years at Leonard Grant, Architect. At LGA Micah’s primary contributions included construction documents, electronic 3D modeling, and design.
Micah received his B.A. in Environmental Analysis and Design from University of California, Irvine and also attended a 2-year architecture program at Orange Coast College. Continuing education is important to Micah, as he is committed to learning for life. Important recourses for Micah’s continuing architecture education are independent study, the American Institute of Architects, college courses as well as hands-on construction experience with Habitat for Humanity and with some of his own design work.