Cloethiel Woodard Smith

“ Architects are the set designers in people’s lives, and until the lights go on and the play begins, we are the only people who have seen the whole and put the elements together. Seeing the buildings that shape people’s lives before they are there and seeing them well in my mind’s eye—that is the source of my work. ”

Woodard Smith was an American architect. During the peak of her career, she operated the country's largest women-owned firm, named Cloethiel Woodard Smith & Associates. Her firm is responsible for several large-scale renovations and civic and housing projects erected in Washington D.C. in the 1960s and 70s. Throughout her career, Woodard Smith argued against identifying as a "woman architect" as she felt it demeaned her professionally.
DESCENT  Peoria, Illinois
DISCIPLINE Corporate Architecture