Since 1990 | Employees 30

44 McLea Court, San Francisco, California CA 94103, United States, 180 Varick Street #902, New York NY 10014, United States
Phone +1 415 864 2800 (CA) / +1 212.274.1121 (NY)
Fax +1 212.274.1122 (CA) / +1 415 864 2850 (NY)


Architects, Interior architects
Cass Calder Smith, Dipl. Architect

Cass Calder Smith established the San Francisco architectural firm that bears his name in 1990. Celebrating its 20th year in the Bay Area, CCS-Architecture is located in a converted warehouse in the South of Market district with a staff of 20. In 2005, CCS-Architecture opened an office in NYC to better meet the needs of its diverse range of residential, commercial and mixed use clients.

Born in 1961, Smith earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of New York City, he has lived in California since 1972. As the son of an Academy-Award winning filmmaker and a California landscape painter and designer, his early years were influenced by both Greenwich Village intellectuals and rural California artisans.

Smith is recognized internationally for his architectural and interior design projects. Firmly based in the modernist idiom, Smith draws inspiration from history’s great architects and cities as well as the epic filmmakers of the last century. Bold imagery and intricate detail are characteristic of his designs balanced with experience and common sense.

Smith and his work have won numerous awards and have been recognized in The New York Times, Metropolitan Home, Metropolis, Dwell, Interior Design and Abitare, among others.


CCS Architecture, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, is dedicated to excellence in architecture and interior design. Since its inception in 1990, CCS has designed a diverse range of public and private buildings and interiors. The firm has gained international acclaim for the architectural and commercial success of restaurant projects, while the uniqueness of residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects has met with an unusual degree of owner satisfaction and media praise.

CCS seeks to explore opportunities of maximum potential and express them at a scale appropriate to each project. The work is firmly based in the modernist idiom, where innovation and creativity are balanced by common sense and experience. The firm is known for creating projects with exceptional spatial and material qualities, and for providing outstanding professional service.

Cass Calder Smith founded CCS Architecture in 1990 and Barbara Vickroy joined in 2006 as the Director of Interior Design. The principals direct a staff of 30 in two offices.


San Francisco Chronicle, January
7x7 Magazine, March
Lake Chalet
New York Times, January
Los Altos Hills Residence
San Francisco Chronicle, January
BLT Bar & Grill at The W Hotel NYC
Contract Magazine, January
The Plant: Cafe Organic
Metropolis; IIDA Awards issue, February

The Plant: Cafe Organic
California Home & Design, September
Hospitality Design, August
LaToque at The Westin Verasa
A Kitchen for Show & Flow: Hotels Magazine, Sept.
Tahoe Provisions at The Hyatt Regency Tahoe
A Modern General Store: Hotels Magazine, July
California Home & Design, June
Sunset Idea Kitchen
Sunset Magazine, October
San Francisco Examiner, June
CasaSugar, March
Turek Clinic
Metropolis, February
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
San Francisco Magazine, February
50 Best New US Restaurants: Travel & Leisure, April
Design Cost Data: August/September
Seadrift Residence
House of the Month: Architectural Record, June (Spain), January (Dubai), January
CCS Architecture
Meet the Minds Behind Hospitality Design: Hospitality
Design, September
Cass Calder Smith’s Cutting Edge Restaurant Design:
SF Gate, April
Trends: Above & Beyond: Contract, March
The Gold List: Western Interiors, April/May
Best Architecture Firm, SF Gate, January
Townline BBQ
Design Cost Data: September/October
Interior Design, March

Whitebark at Westin Monache
Food Arts, December
CCS Architecture
Light & Leisure: Contract, November
Perbacco & rm seafood
Contract, November
Tavern on the Green
San Francisco Business Times, September
SlowFood Nation
Bustler, August
Architects Newspaper, September
San Francisco Chronicle, September
Zagat Buzz San Francisco, October
Food & Wine, April
San Francisco Chrinicle, June
San Francisco Chronicle, August
7x7 Magazine, November
Food Arts, December
Tesla Motors
Architect’s Newspaper, September
FORM Magazine, October
I.D., November/December
Lighting Design & Architecture, December
Haus Martin
Architectural Record: Kitchen & Bath Portfolio, July
Deep, June
Seadrift Residence
Architectural Record, August
Dwell, July
Townline BBQ
Interior Design, July
Hospitality Design Awards Issue, July
Interior Design Gold Key Awards Issue, November
Folio Enoteca
California Home & Design Magazine, March
Firefly Grill
Design Cost Data (cover), March
Lake Street Residence
Western Interiors, February
Alto & SWB at Hyatt Scottsdale
Hospitality Design, November
Arizona Business Magazine, May
Food Arts, December


The Plant: Cafe Organic
McGraw Hill Construction Best of 2009 Award: Small Project, May 2009
IIDA Smart Environments Award: February 2010

Palo Alto Stanford Heritage Commercial Preservation Award, May 2009

Best Architecture Firm, First Place: Bay List: SF Gate, 2008

Tesla Motors
Award of Merit -Los Angeles Illuminating Engineering Society, May 2009

Seadrift Residence
Dream Home Awards - Best New Home Under 3000sf, May 2009
House of the Month - Architectural Record, June 2009

Townline BBQ
Hospitality Design Award - Casual Restaurant, April 2008
Gold Key Award - Best Casual Restaurant, November 2008

Sonoma Residence
California Home & Design - Residential Architecture under 3000 sf Award, January 2007

Lettus: Cafe Organic
Contract Interiors Best Restaurant Award, January 2007
IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments Award, June 2006

Delica rf-1
International Interior Design Association Award - Commercial, February 2005

Architectural Record Kitchen Portfolio Award April 2007
AIA Best of the Bay Interior Design Award, March 2005
AIA East Bay Exceptional Residential Design Award, November 2004

Living Smart: Big Ideas for Small Lots Competition
Design Excellence Award; September 2004

Cass Calder Smith; Wave of the Future 2004
Hospitality Design; One of Eight Designers to Watch in 2004

Accessory Dwelling Unit Program (ADU’s):
National Award for Smart Growth Achievement: Accessory Dwelling Unit Program
Environmental Protection Agency, November 2004

2005 Honors Award: Regional Planning and Urban Design Catetory
American Institute of Architects, January 2004

2004 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence - Housing and Innovation
California League of Cities, 2004

Award for Outstanding Planning - Small Jurisdiction: Accessory Dwelling Unit Program
Northern California, California Chapter of the American Planning Association, June 2004