About

Hello! I'm Kristen Smith. I am a Detroit-based designer and educator with over fifteen years of professional design experience. 

 

My design practice is interested in crafting comfortable and considered interior spaces, developing welcoming exteriors which blur the line between inside and out, elevating materials and finishes through unique application and thoughtful detailing, and building responsive relationships with clients and collaborators to inspire, inform, and execute successful projects. 

 

Prior to starting Kristen Smith Design, I was co-founder and principal at Et al. Collaborative of Detroit. I was a lead designer from 2013 to 2019 on many commercial and residential design projects including Selden Standard, The Alley Project Commons, and Standby. Some of my work has been featured in several local publications such as the Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, and Curbed.

From 2008 to 2013, I gained architecture experience with M1/DTW working on projects such as Mills Pharmacy and Detroit Yoga Lab, as well as graphic design for several branding projects and book designs. Prior to joining M1, I worked with PEG Office of Landscape Architecture in 2007 on several landscape design competitions and projects. 

In addition to client-based design work, I am also a Professor of Practice at Lawrence Tech University College of Architecture and Design. 

Project List

Selected project experience 2007 to present

New Order Coffee  |  Ferndale MI  |  coming 2019

 

New Order Coffee Beaumont  |  Royal Oak MI   |   coming 2019

 

Lenhoff Residence Kitchen |  Corktown Detroit |  coming 2019

Lexington Bar |  Woodbridge Detroit  |  coming 2019

with Et al. Collaborative [2013–2019]

Grace in Action  |  Southwest Detroit  |  coming 2020

New Order Coffee Roasters | Midtown Detroit | 2017

The Alley Project Commons | Southwest, Detroit | 2016

 

Porter St Mixed Use Development Schemes | Hubbard Farms Detroit | unbuilt

 

The Skip Bar | Downtown, Detroit | 2016

 

David Campbell Memorial Terrace | Dequindre Cut, Detroit | 2016

 

Standby Restaurant | Downtown, Detroit | 2015

La Rondinella | Eastern Market, Detroit | 2015

 

St Vincent | Corktown, Detroit | 2015

Newman Residence Kitchen | Corktown, Detroit | 2015

 

Coffee and (Records) | Jefferson Chalmers, Detroit | 2015

 

Selden Standard | Midtown, Detroit | 2014

 

Restaurant/Market/Retail Complex | Eastern Market, Detroit | unbuilt

 

Red Bull House of Art ARTpartment | Eastern Market, Detroit | 2014

 

Trinosophes | Eastern Market, Detroit | 2014

Fiyck Residence Renovation Concepts  |  MI  |  unbuilt

 

Rubbed | Corktown, Detroit | 2014

 

Artifactory | Corktown, Detroit | 2013

 

Innerstate Gallery | Eastern Market, Detroit | 2013

 

Facade Design Studies | Eastern Market, Detroit | unbuilt

with M1/DTW [2008–2013]

Architecture/Interiors:

Signal–Return

 

Mills Pharmacy

 

MNGV Salon & Spa

 

UnitedTraffic

 

Pekoe & Joe

 

The Nail Lounge

 

Books:

 

Shim Sutcliffe — The Passage of Time

 

Eliel & Eero Saarinen — Kleinhans Music Hall

 

Minoru Yamasaki — M&T Bank

 

O'Donnell & Tuomey — Ways of Working 

 

Thom Mayne — The Continuity of Contradiction 

 

MOS — Beginnings

 

Graphic Design:

 

Outside Partnership

Taubman College

 

Alex Emilio Salon

 

UK/CoD

 

Taubman College

Charfoos Design

6 Salon

with PEG/OLA [2007]

 

CVHC – Landscape design for multi-family housing

 

Weather Vane - Venice 2G Competition Entry 2007

 

Chaumont Garden Competition Entry 2007

 

Jardin de Metis Competition Entry 2007

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