T H E R O N P A T E , A I A
Theron Pate, AIA, founding partner and principal architect of Pate Smeall Architects (PSA), is a professionally educated designer and architect with over 35 years of experience in all phases of architectural practice. After receiving his degree in architecture from Oklahoma State University, his professional career has included positions with a major residential developer, as well as several prominent architectural firms. At Pate Smeall Architects, Mr. Pate is responsible for overseeing all project design aspects from inception to completion, in addition to promoting the firm and maintaining client relations.
Prior to forming Pate Smeall Architects, Mr. Pate was a founding partner and principal of the award-winning architectural firm of Dawson Hannouche Pate (DHP), located in Newport Beach ,CA. His expertise and talents helped bring DHP recognition throughout the building industry, with the firm’s work frequently featured in prominent industry publications such as Builder, Multi-Housing News, Luxury Homes, Builder Digest, Professional Builder, Residential Architect, Design/Build Business, and California Builder among others. And, he was honored by Residential Architect magazine to be featured as one of the most-influential residential architects in the country. During Mr. Pate’s tenure at DHP, the firm was also the proud recipient of numerous design awards including the Silver Award at The Nationals, MAME (Major Achievement in Marketing Excellence) and the prestigious Gold Nugget Grand Award.
Mr. Pate has contributed his talents to numerous professionally-recognized design workshops, as well as being featured as a guest speaker at the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Convention. He has played a significant role in many award-winning projects throughout the United States, and his unique vision and sense of aesthetics continue to be key factors in PSA’s commitment to superior design and dedication to quality work and attentive service.
As a licensed architect for over 28 years, Mr. Pate has maintained full membership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has additionally held memberships with the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), the International Code Council (ICC), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA/SC). Mr. Pate is also a proud and active supporter of HomeAid, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing for the temporarily homeless.
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Russell Smeall, founding partner of Pate Smeall Architects (PSA), is a broadly-experienced professional with over 30 years of experience specializing in the design and technical aspects of the architectural profession. Upon completing his formal education, his career path allowed him to hone his skill set and expand his knowledge base, with a focused effort on providing exceptional quality construction documentation with a keen understanding of a project’s constructability. At Pate Smeall Architects, Mr. Smeall is responsible for all project scheduling, quality control, and the production and technical competency of construction drawings. In addition, his duties include design development, project management and construction administration. Under his guidance, PSA continually and successfully meets the challenges of the most demanding of design criteria and site conditions.
Prior to forming Pate Smeall Architects, Mr. Smeall founded Calvin Design, where under his leadership his company quickly gained a reputation for offering high-quality consultant services to numerous professional organizations in the building industry, including prominent architectural firms and structural engineering companies. While at Calvin Design, Mr. Smeall collaborated on several critically-acclaimed projects, which were the recipients of prestigious design awards such as the MAME (Major Achievement in Marketing Excellence) and the Gold Nugget Grand Award.
Mr. Smeall has contributed his expertise to a diverse range of project types, including single-family detached, high-density multi-family, mixed-use, distinguished custom residences, resort communities, and various commercial projects including office, retail and restaurant. The depth of his experience and talent continues to be proven invaluable, as he reinforces PSA’s high standards of excellence in assuring that all projects are built with a keen sensitivity to the design intent. Mr. Smeall’s thorough understanding of leading-edge computer technology, and how best to integrate the use of those tools into production, has enabled PSA to earn a highly regarded reputation for exceptional quality in design development, construction documentation and attentive service.
Mr. Smeall’s passion for architecture constantly fuels his desire to strive for the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity. He has held memberships with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the International Code Council (ICC) and the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA/SC).