President and principal architect of James Douglas Smith, AIA, Architects Inc. Practice concentration in programming and design of special needs housing; commercial office and retail space; Restoration and repurposing of historic buildings; Church facility programming and building design.
Past Lead Design Professional, Principal with VRA Architects, Inc., Project architect for VRA bank buildings in North Carolina, Michigan, Orlando Fl., Riverside CA, Indiana and Illinois. Special skill for developing client programs and integrating with project environment including local zoning, development, planning, building code issues and restoration and adaptive reuse for historic structures.
Licensed Architect in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, New York and Florida.
Licensed Real Estate Broker in Indiana

Specialties

Special needs housing.
Historic Restoration and adaptive re-use of historic buildings.
Religious buildings – sanctuary, education facilities, multipurpose facilities – new and redesign.
Libraries, new construction and redesign of existing facilities.
Retail/Office space design and retail/office buildings.
State of Indiana Correctional facility remodeling and redesign.
Financial Institutions- new installations and redesign of existing facilities.