Traveling for work and pleasure has given Miles an even greater appreciation of his Western North Carolina roots.
Growing up in rural Western North Carolina, Miles Smith spent a large amount of his time on construction sites with his father, working in roles from finish carpentry to managing HVAC projects. This, coupled with early experiences at Penland School of Craft provided a key foundation upon which a passion for architectural design would later flourish.
After completing his undergraduate at Appalachian State University, Miles went on to pursue his Masters of Architecture at Boston Architectural College. While in Boston, he worked at historical KMW Architects on numerous international and domestic institutional projects.
After continuing to work with numerous commercial and residential firms throughout the Northeast, Miles was invited to return to his alma mater at Appalachian State University to teach courses in Interior Design, Construction Technology, and Architectural design.
Miles has most recently settled back into a professional role practicing design at ACM Design, where he hopes to make a meaningful contribution back to the local vernacular which had such an early impact on his role as a designer. He enjoys restoring vintage motorcycles, reading, and traveling with his lovely wife, Rachel.
“The definition of a custom home is the one designed just for you. At ACM Design we specialize in uncovering the details of a well-lived life to create the home of your dreams.”
Behind the Scenes with Project Designer, Miles Smith
Q: How do you take your coffee?
A: “It depends. For typical coffee from a standard coffee maker, I take just some cream. However, if it is from a boutique roaster, I take it black.”
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in WNC?
A: “When I have the opportunity, I love playing golf at many of the local mountain courses. I happen to restore vintage motorcycles, which are a great way to get out and see the surrounding mountains. I am also a wine collector, mostly from small, independently owned, natural producers, of which there are several local options. When I’m not out enjoying our mountain community, I’m at home dreaming about more counter space in the bathrooms. My wife and I recently bought a Mid-Century Modern that is in largely original condition. While we love our home, we are planning on how to restore the details we love and how to transform the home to accommodate how we live as a family.”
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: “I can recall wanting to be a chemist when I was quite young. However once I realized that I wanted to be an Architect, there was really no desire to do anything else.”
Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world you haven’t been, where would it be?
A: “Exploring Asia is huge desire right now. Japan has had such a massively important influence on Architecture, so that is a priority. South Korea is also near the top of the list, as one of the premier food destinations in the world.”
Q: If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?
A: “I dream about a small studio apartment in Berlin or Barcelona.”
Credentials and CV
– Bachelor of Architecture, Appalachian State University
– Masters of Architecture, Boston Architectural College