Speaker Profile

Dr Jeremy Smith

Dr Jeremy Smith

Design Director

Irving Smith Architects

Jeremy is Design Director of Irving Smith Architects, a research-based design practice working in sensitive environments throughout New Zealand and abroad. Recent accolades include a Special Judges Prize at the 2020 Teipei International Architecture Awards, a 2019 UNESCO Award of Distinction at the Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Awards in Penang, and World Villa of the Year at the 2017 World Architecture Festival in Berlin. ISA have received multiple NZIA New Zealand Architecture Awards in public and residential categories, and twice won New Zealand’s national timber design award. Recent publications include Architecture Magazine, Architecture Record, Elle, Vogue and GQ Magazine.  

Jeremy also is an Adjunct Associate Professor with a design-based PHD at the University of Auckland, writes for Architecture New Zealand and has lectured widely about the practice’s work and research. In 2019 alone, Jeremy presented projects through 8 American Universities, at the New York League of Architects, then in Paris and Amsterdam, before being an international judge and keynote speaker at the 2019 Indian Institute of Architects National Awards. Jeremy has judged the NZIA New Zealand Architecture Awards and at World Architecture Festivals in Singapore, Berlin and Amsterdam, and has recently been appointed an International Advisor to the Saveetha College of Architecture and Design in Chennai, India.

Key to his practice, teaching and research is understanding how buildings inhabit an environment that constantly undergoes change, be it in city or rural landscapes.

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