Firm

The Studio

MS|A, founded in 2011 by Micah D. Smith, AIA, is a small San Luis Obispo-based architecture firm specializing in custom residential and small to medium-sized commercial projects. With 15 years of architectural experience, Micah’s creative problem solving, knowledge and resourcefulness lead to value-added architectural service and superior built work. MS|A brings a passion for design together with a pride in quality deliverables and overall team experience to each and every project. Client expectations are exceeded at MS|A.

A core principle at MS|A is building strong personal and professional relationships that transcend any individual project. Success is measured in human terms, not just the traditional metrics of design/budget/schedule/execution. The importance of a strong team plays out throughout the life a project because of MS|A’s collaborative design approach, which aims to bring together the right team for each project.

Design principles for the firm include sustainability, creative use of materials, clean lines, strong massing, and complementary uses of color and materials. The end result is rich, tasteful, timeless, and provocative.

Prior to starting his own firm, Micah gained experience with a variety of firms and construction-related businesses before settling in the previous 7 years at Leonard Grant, Architect. At LGA Micah’s primary contributions included construction documents, electronic 3D modeling, and design.

Micah received his B.A. in Environmental Analysis and Design from University of California, Irvine and also attended a 2-year architecture program at Orange Coast College. Continuing education is important to Micah, as he is committed to learning for life. Important recourses for Micah’s continuing architecture education are independent study, the American Institute of Architects, college courses as well as hands-on construction experience with Habitat for Humanity and with some of his own design work.


 
 Micah D. Smith, AIA

Micah D. Smith, AIA


Our Mission

MSA provides inspired design for those who demand fine living and sustainability.


Our Values

MSA values people, place, environment and community. Central to our principles is building strong personal and professional relationships that transcend any individual project. Success is measured in human terms, not just the traditional metrics of design/budget/schedule/execution. The importance of a strong team pays dividends throughout the life of each project because of MSA’s collaborative design approach.

Inspiring design of the places in which we live, work and play contributes to a better quality of life. Healthy human psyche depends largely on quality of place, which holds true regardless of the purpose or use of that place.

Sustainability is naturally healthier for people and the planet, so each of our projects are developed with sustainability in mind, right from the start. Beginning with our pre-design client interview, sustainability goals and strategies are established in the context of client values, goals, and budget.

Remodeling and Home Design