Architect Sylvia Smith, named a Principal in 1996, and a Senior Partner in 2008, formed and leads FXFOWLE's Cultural/Educational Studio, which has won numerous awards for design excellence. Since joining the firm in 1982, she has been responsible for program intensive projects of varying scope and size.
From private schools and universities to large and small cultural institutions, she is constantly cultivating new ways to make architecture more expressive, enriching, and sustainable. Sylvia sits on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Dickinson College, the Board of Directors for the Design Trust for Public Space and the Board of Directors of Storefront for Art and Architecture. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and the Yestermorrow School, and former Chair of the Fellows Committee for the AIA New York Chapter and the Dean's Advisory Board of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
Sylvia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art and art history from Dickinson College, where she was named a Metzger Fellow. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 1978 and is LEED Accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2008, Sylvia was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the organization's highest honor bestowed on an architect.