About Us

Studio One Architects was founded in 1996 by Robert B. Smith, AIA, to provide high quality architectural services to selected clients in a small practice atmosphere. Mr. Smith was a founding partner at Smith Blackburn Stauffer Architects and Planners from 1983 to 1993, where he led the firm’s efforts in equestrian projects. He joined Education Real Estate Services, Inc. (ERESI), a Sallie Mae subsidiary, as a consultant and project manager in 1994 to broaden his experience with higher education.

Mr. Smith’s involvement with educational work began with a series of projects for Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. While at ERESI he served as project manager for large-scale planning, design, and construction projects at Tulane University and George Washington University. Educational work remains a high priority in his practice, generating projects for colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations. Selected commercial work is also accepted.

Single family homes are important to most small architectural firms, and Studio One is no exception. Mr. Smith’s approach to residential design is based on a belief that houses should reflect the personality of the people that live in them in a positive way, and celebrate their lifestyle. His work, while consistent in quality, reflects that kind of variety.

Maintaining a small practice atmosphere is a primary goal at Studio One, and the firm only accepts work for which it is well qualified.  Each project receives Mr. Smith’s personal attention, with staff support when appropriate.  The focus is on the full spectrum of the building process, with equal emphasis on design concepts and construction oversight.  The goal of the studio is a high quality finished product.


Robby Smith designed the renovation of an older house into a light filled, family oriented, elegant marvel of a home. Not only does he have a great sense of design and vision, he is a great listener, easily incorporates the owners’ ideas, is comfortable to work with, timely, professional and talented.

Chevy Chase, MD, 2008

The house is everything we imagined it would be, thanks to your design magic and your remarkable ability to take our sketchy ideas and transform them into something real

Garrett Park, MD, 2009

Robby Smith is a joy to work with. He listens very well; is not intimidating or pompous; has a proven track record and has been dogged about keeping us to budget while allowing flexibility. He has a wonderful temperment.

Garrett Park, MD 2007

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