Cass Calder Smith is the founding principal of CCS Architecture. Cass Calder Smith earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where he now teaches. He served on the San Francisco Arts Commission for eight years and is currently the chairman of the board of the Djerassi Residents Artists Program, for which he designed their award-winning Diane Middlebrook Studios. A native of New York City, he has lived in California since 1972 and now splits his time between both coasts. As the son of an Academy-Award winning filmmaker and a landscape painter and designer, he grew up among both Greenwich Village intellectuals and rural California artisans. He is a photography collector and patron to MoMA, SFMoMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.