Nic Smith

Nic Smith
Growing up around California's Central Sierra Foothills, watching the San Joaquin Valley sprout suburban housing tracts where crops once thrived, Nic began questioning the built environment at an early age. After focusing on housing in his early career, Nic joined Hacker in 2009 with a desire to work on more public, civic architecture. With formal training in architecture, art, and construction, he brings an ability to synthesize the demands of high performance buildings and exacting programmatic requirements with the rigors of design throughout all phases of a project. His professional and scholarly work are concerned with the social and cultural frameworks of architecture, the processes of building, and the philosophical questions of why it is we build at all. Nic continues to practice art through painting, drawing, assemblage, and collage; and he stays involved with local architecture programs.

Posts by Nic Smith

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University of Wyoming Visual Arts Facility Wins COTE Award

by Nic Smith

Hacker is a proud recipient of a 2016 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects award for University of Wyoming’s Visual Arts Facility (VAF), a pioneering LEED Platinum facility that has shaped a new approach to health, safety, and sustainability in arts education. The 80,000-SF building consolidates the University’s fine arts program from its scattered locations, establishing a central component of the campus’s new arts district. It also marks a turning point in the campus’s thinking about environmental responsibility. Read more

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Meet Wyoming Artist, Shelby Shadwell

by Nic Smith

While it was recorded back in January of 2012, about the time we were wrapping up the University of Wyoming’s new Visual Arts Facility, I have only recently discovered an interview with Shelby Shadwell on the Studio Break podcast. Studio Break is an interview-format show, with the intent to continue the types of discussions artists have in studio about what they’re creating and how they are creating – to illuminate how visual artists maintain a studio practice.

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Construction Update: In a pure existential, experiential being kind of way.

by Nic Smith

As the air cools and winter approaches, our construction team – led by Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co. – is closing in on completion of the New Home for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon in Bend. With the building fully dried in, the exterior siding starting to fly, and stone site walls underway, a more complete picture of how the building coalesces with the site is emerging.

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The Perils of “Glitz” in Information Design

by Nic Smith

Last week Edward Tufte, a professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science at Yale University, visited Portland to give one of his storied courses – Presenting Data and Information. I had the opportunity to take this six-hour course, absorbing all I could from this legend of information design.

The take home message, as old as time itself: Content is key.

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