About the Principal

For three decades Evelyn Cole Smith has practiced architecture, designing residential, commercial and institutional spaces that stimulate our individual and collective senses and enhance our lives. Firmly rooted in an undergraduate degree in Sociology, her practice reflects a keen understanding of community, context and the creation of a sense of place. Her architectural education, with a concentration on the imperatives of energy efficient design, has informed design strategies particularly with regard to passive solar initiatives. A deep appreciation for the historic structures that enrich our communities naturally led Ms. Smith to focus her architectural practice on historic preservation, integrating the principals of sustainability and historic preservation.

After earning her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado in 1983, Ms. Smith spent the first five years of her practice with the Boston architectural firm of E. Verner Johnson and Associates, Inc.

  • Boston Museum of Science
  • Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington, DC

Ms. Smith started her own architectural firm Evelyn Cole Smith, Architect, in Woodstock, CT. In 2003 she joined CME as Director of Architecture.

With focus on historic preservation and community development, Ms. Smith serves as the principal architect at Evelyn Cole Smith Architects, LLC. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Smith has listened intently to her clients so as to effectively balance programmatic needs, aesthetic preferences, building code requirements and budget constraints. Active participation that reinforces her commitment to enhancing our communities includes participation on the

  • Woodstock Historic District and Historic Properties Commissions
  • Woodstock Open Space Land Acquisition and Farmland Preservation Commission
  • Quasset (1848) School Advisory Committee
  • Board of Advisors, Hale YMCA in Putnam
  • Chamberlin Mill, Inc. Board.