Kyle Smith has been an architect in Baton Rouge for over 14 years and currently practices with Holden Architects. After earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology in 2000 from the University of Southern Mississippi, Kyle earned his Bachelors of Architecture degree from Louisiana Tech University in 2002. He went on to work for award winning local firms as project manager for numerous multi-million dollar projects. His resume includes managing projects such as the new LSU Foundation Office Building, LSU Student Union Renovations and Addition, New Alex Box Stadium at LSU and the new LSU Tennis Indoor/Outdoor Facility.
Kyle has remained actively involved in AIA on the local and state levels. On the state level, He has served as the 2016 AIA Louisiana President Elect and will continue on the Executive Committee as the 2017 President. Also, Kyle served as a State Delegate for AIA Louisiana from 2013 thru the present. Locally, He has served on the AIA Baton Rouge Board of Directors since 2010, Chairman of the 2015 AIA Louisiana State Design Conference, as Chairman of the Membership Committee for AIA Baton Rouge from 2013-2014 and as Assistant Chairman for the AIA Baton Rouge Golf Tournament for the past 5 years.
Kyle also enjoys volunteering his time in his community as well as serving on the Alumni Board of Directors for Catholic High School as he’s done the past 4 years.
Why did you choose architecture as a profession?
Since an early age I have always been fascinated with the ability to dream up a concept and to see that concept become a reality. Once you see a building take physical shape and form it is a pure joy to see the community interact with that building and it become a part of their culture.
What type of projects do you like to take on?
The majority of my professional career has been involved with working on LSU’s campus. I have gained a great relationship with LSU Facilities and LSU athletics over the years.
Best project, most unique/favorite project?
I have been very fortunate in my career to work on many exciting projects. As a huge sports fan, I would have to say having the opportunity to work on the New Alex Box Stadium at LSU was a dream come true.
What is the greatest personal or professional obstacle you’ve overcome?
Passing the ARE and becoming a licensed architect was a GREAT day.
What do you do after a hard day at work to unwind?
I can’t wait to get home and play with my son and daughter! That’s about all the “unwinding time” I get right now!
If you could have any other job what would it be?
Being that I love sports; I think an anchor or host position on ESPN’s College Game Day would be an incredible job. The opportunity to travel around the country and see the best college football game each week seems like the ultimate dream.
What is a great piece of advice you have personally received? Did you have occasion to put it to use?
My grandfather told me a long time ago “never get into personal debates with people over religion or politics.” and to this day I never do.
What other leadership roles do you hold in the community and/or what volunteer efforts do you support?
I am currently serving my fifth year as a board member for the Catholic High School Alumni Board of Directors and my 13th year as a float lieutenant for the Krewe of Orion (Baton Rouge’s most prestigious Mardi Gras Krewe).
What is your favorite way to spend your time?
I love to spend time with my wife and two children and both of our families. We love to go vacationing at the beach. It seems like I am always looking forward to the fall season and watching football and tailgating for LSU games.