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Philosophy

This practice is founded on the notion of making places, which not only satisfy the plethora of functional, contextual and environmental challenges associated with designing and constructing buildings but which offer an enhanced experience for the user of the activities contained therein.

Our work begins with an open and rigorous approach to the development of the brief – that is to identify and articulate the needs of the Client and the opportunities afforded by the site. This work is informed by experience and by research and analysis as well as creative and critical thinking.

Designs are not generated by “style” but are based on an exploration of technological and constructional ideas and the tactile experience of materials and spaces. The practice is committed to the further development of environmentally conscious building and to innovative and modern design solutions that are appropriate for tropical climates.

We maintain a strong commitment to provide a professional service to all clients throughout the design and implementation of every project. Considerations of cost and delivery dates inform construction methods and strategic and detailed design.

Jenifer Smith, BSc.(Hons) Dip.Arch.(UCL) mttia riba

Jenifer Smith obtained her degree and diploma in environmental design and architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London University. Her postgraduate studies were completed in 1984 and full professional status and membership of the Royal Institute of British Architect awarded in 1986.

Jenifer worked on the design of the extension to the concourse for the Sydney Opera House with Hall, Bowe and Webber in Sydney Australia before joining Armstrong Associates in London England in 1986. She became an associate in 1988 and an equity partner in 1990.The practice worked on commercial, residential and cultural projects, including shops, offices, galleries, private houses and master planning. Although the firm was small, their work was widely published internationally and won numerous awards for design excellence.

The practice achieved international recognition by winning an open anonymous competition for the Japanese cultural center La Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris, France. This building of 100,000 sq. ft. located on the Seine, was to be a showcase for Japanese culture and included a multi purpose theatre, galleries, offices, restaurant, library seminar rooms and support facilities. Jenifer Smith established the office in Paris in 1992 , registered as a member of the Ordre des Architectes and remained there for 5 years, overseeing the project from conception through to final completion. The building was inaugurated by President Chirac in 1997 to critical acclaim, winning a prestigious Architectural Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1998.

In 1998 Jenifer worked briefly for Foster and Partners in London on the Great Court of the British Museum, before setting up Industry Architecture and Design Ltd. This firm advised on all aspects of development, marketing and management of projects as well as architecture and project management. Completed schemes included restaurant and leisure facilities as well as high quality residential developments in central London for the rental market.

Jenifer has taught and reviewed projects at both post and undergraduate level at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London England and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

In 2001, Jenifer Smith returned to set up practice in Trinidad after more than 15 years of international experience. Within a short period of time Jenifer Smith Architects Ltd. has established a sound reputation in the local market, working for prestigious clients from the private and public sector. The practice is expanding at a steady and manageable rate to ensure a high quality of service.

Jenifer Smith C.V [pdf]

Publications

Quality Matters [pdf]
Architecture & Global Warming [pdf]
Architecture & Gender [pdf]

Awards & Exhibits

Caribbean Building Awards, 2006
Residential - Single Family (Artist's House and Studio)

Commercial/Office/Industrial - Small (Alutech Centre)

RIBA Student Prize (3rd place nationally) for Stolport City Airport Thesis Project

Designer's Journal Interior Prize for Elementer London,1989

First Prize Open International Competition for Maison du Japon (480 entries)

RIBA Award for Architecture, 1997