This year, Design Et Al, a leading Interior Design Magazine based in London, England, has named Dallas-based architect, Cole Smith, one of 'The World's Leading Design Names of 2016.' He co-founded Smith Ekblad and Associates in 1959 with a commitment to designing lasting structures with exceptional quality. Today, at the age of 89, Cole has yet to slow down. His life and work have been inseparable over the decades - passionately dedicated to family and mastering his many crafts.
Originally inspired by his zoology and forging courses at Kansas State University in 1950, Smith's passions escape the boundaries of strictly architecture and encompass the world of metalworking, painting, and woodwork. In addition to Smith Ekblad & Associates, Smith started Whitesmith & Company to create custom architectural and ornamental metalwork. His hands and his head together create masterpieces beyond belief, and his work can be admired around the United States and abroad.