Scott Smith currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture, where he previously served as Director of The SHOP, a facility in which students learn the fundamental lessons of fabrication while learning to express form-driven ideas.
Scott’s work has included a strong teaching component throughout his time at the SoA. Initially his teaching centered on the incoming students but soon expanded to include furniture electives and other special classes. He taught the First Year students how to use the shop machines safely and at the same time how to think of the machinery as mark makers whose way of cutting had visual impact. Scott encouraged students to think of the aesthetic impact of a detail while satisfying the functional and structural demands of the object. Scott's teaching has come to include electives on patterned lamination, traditional joinery and furniture making. He also developed an intensive furniture making studio.
Scott has taught model making classes that produced highly detailed large wood architectural models for three major shows at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Several of these models have become a part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Scott also co-taught design-build projects for the Silver Eye Center for Photography and the Society of Contemporary Craft.
Scott holds a BFA in Sculpture from Carnegie Mellon University and received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His art practice is specialized in wood and steel fabrication, metal casting, carpentry, cabinetry and furniture making. He is involved in the local arts scene and has successfully exhibited his furniture in many regional art shows.