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more than modern: fitting destinations

Back when Modernism looked like it would be replaced by the hocus pocus of two-dimensional Postmodernism and the zig-zag excesses of Deconstruction, Erik Maran and Ira Smith met in a Columbia University classroom and vowed to search for a less frivolous, more authentic expression for their architecture, and for those who inhabit it.


Three decades later, Smith Maran deploys an encyclopedic knowledge of art and architecture in order to create fitting and enduring destinations for a wide range of clients. We are Modernists with a long view, respectful of history and energized by its echoes.


We believe that fashioning truly functional space and form can be as surprising and delightful as fashion itself.  Inspired by our client’s philosophy, motivated by their needs, fascinated by their businesses, and absorbed in the sites they occupy, Smith Maran produces design solutions that feel remarkably “right,” inevitable and luminous.


Tailored to fit, design at Smith Maran is led by a founding principal from start to finish.  Our process is grounded in dialogue and discovery.  We drive toward solutions that are effective and enduring, delivering unique places with lasting value.  The journey is made together, but the destination is made for you.

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