Tobin Smith is the Principal of Tobin Smith Architect, an award-winning practice founded in 2007. His firm’s work includes city and ranch houses as well as retail spaces and corporate offices. Responsive to climate, culture and context, his firm seeks substantive design solutions through rigorous study of place. Their projects have been featured in local, state and national publications and received recognition for design excellence.
An active member of the design community, Tobin currently serves as Co-Chair of the American Institute of Architects San Antonio Chapter’s Homes Tour, Co-Chair of the Chapter’s Custom Residential Architects Network group, was a past Chair of the Chapter’s Lecture Series, served on the Chapter’s Executive Committee as well as on the Texas Society of Architects Honor Awards Committee. He recently completed his tenure on the Advisory Council of Villa Finale, the only National Trust Historic Site in Texas.
Tobin has been a guest critic at Texas Tech College of Architecture, University of Texas Austin School of Architecture and University of Texas San Antonio School of Architecture. He is a graduate of Cornell University and a post-graduate winner of the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship. Tobin is licensed to practice architecture in Texas and Colorado and is registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
This modern masterpiece can be found nestled in the trees on 3 acres in San Antonio’s historic neighborhood, Alamo Heights. Mark Ashby Design teamed up with architect Tobin Smith, Truax Construction and Ten Eyck Landscapes Architects to meticulously design a home that centered around family and nature.
This 1954 one-story house by architect Otto Ransleben was compromised by a clumsy two-story 1970’s addition that blocked eighty percent of the public core’s daylight, leaving it a cave-like shaft. The overhangs of the addition were stubby relative to the height and offered insufficient protection from the elements ..
Alta House, conceived as a structure of duality, contrasts verticality and levitation with horizontality and compression. The main level is entered through an eleven foot six inch tall steel-clad pivoting panel within a Mondrianesque glass façade.
Ravine Retreat is a home designed to be a peaceful escape focused on the natural realm within the conditions of an established neighborhood. Three-dimensionally keyed into the site, the house is carefully situated ...