Jim Smith has been an important member of the Raleigh architectural community for 36 years. He began his career as the first employee with Michael Hager, PA, predecessor firm to HagerSmith Design, in 1978. Since that time, Jim has designed many familiar structures in NC including the Penland School of Crafts Wood Studio, expansion of the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC, and the LEED Gold Siemens Medical Solutions building in Cary, NC. Jim has brought his passion for sustainable design to the practice as sustainability champion for the firm. His love of historic preservation is reflected in the firms award winning historic preservation practice on projects including the Walnut Hill Cotton Gin adaptive reuse, the restoration of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse (National Historic Landmark), the Hill Building in Durham, NC, the Morganton and Marion Depots and the W A Hinton & Son Hardware building in Apex, NC.
Jim continues to work with the firm as Senior Consultant, focusing on projects for his existing clients and projects of special interest. He also donates his time, expertise and leadership to The ManKind Project, building and supporting the emotionally mature, accountable, and compassionate male role models that our communities need. He also spends time developing his art as a sculptor/artist blacksmith.