Carl A. Smith is an associate professor of landscape architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at University of Arkansas.
He teaches a range of studios across the curriculum, engaging students with real-world landscape and urban issues locally, nationally and internationally. Carl builds his studio approach on mentorship, design habitus, and meta-praxis with the intention of building critical and creative capacities within his students. Ultimately the twin aims of his teaching, research and practice are to inculcate and sharpen a sense of place-consciousness within himself and his students while also understanding how place-consciousness relates to sustainability and resiliency of landscapes and cities.
As well as his teaching work in Arkansas, Carl has served as a visiting professor and critic in design schools in the US, Europe and South America. He is the current holder of both the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Excellence in Studio Teaching Award (at the senior level), and his own department’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Beyond this, he has been awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Medal for Excellence in Landscape Architecture Education; The University of Arkansas Distinguished Faculty Award; and The University of Arkansas Faculty Gold Medal. He was elected to Faculty Fellow of the University of Arkansas Honors College in 2018 and, in 2019, was elected to Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for “Continued Positive Contribution to Advancing Society”.