michael ferguson_principal architect
Michael Ferguson is founder and principal architect of SPACE International Inc., an award winning architectural practice dedicated to producing quality, perceptive designs in a rapidly evolving and expanding culture. Since its inception in 1998, the goals of Space International have been to heighten the experiences of the physical realm through the realization of specialized works of architecture, landscape and interior environments.
Mr. Ferguson is a licensed architect in the state of California and is dedicated to promoting the discourse of architecture in both professional and academic settings. In addition to his duties at Space International, Michael has been a design instructor at the Southern California Institute for Architecture and the University of Southern California, and served as Vice President on the board of directors for The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urbanism. Prior to establishing Space International Inc., Michael was a founding member and collaborator of the HEDGE design collective, a multidisciplinary design laboratory and incubator. Michael has also taught design seminars at OTIS College of Art and Design, and has served as an invited critic at all Los Angeles area institutions as well as the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and University of Michigan.
Michael received his Master of Architecture Degree with distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Clemson University.
kirby smith_principal architect
Kirby Smith is principal architect in charge of production at Space International Inc., having been an invaluable member of the studio since 2005. Kirby is a licensed CA Architect, and brings with him over 15 years of experience as project manager and key team member on a wide array of projects over that time.
As the senior project architect Kirby serves as the key liaison between project teams, including in-house production as well as coordination with key consulting firms which are specialized for each individual project. Kirby also oversees the entitlement processes through interaction with all critical municipal entities.
Kirby received his Masters of Architecture from University of Austin at Texas after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural History from Brown University. Prior to joining Space International Inc., Kirby was project manager at RoTO Architects for a broad range of projects including the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center, a $15M black box theatre, administration, restaurant and support spaces for La Jolla Playhouse on the UCSD campus.