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Maurice K. Smith

Maurice K. Smith New Zealand architect

New Zealand architect
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Intro New Zealand architect
Is Architect
From New Zealand
Type Engineering
Gender male
Birth 1 September 1926
Age: 93 years
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Maurice Smith (September 1926, Hamilton, New Zealand) is a New Zealand born architect and architectural educator. Smith's work and teaching builds upon the idea of creating "habitable three-dimensional fields" as a working method for his projects. His 'field theory' has parallels to the work of Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, and Francis Ponge in poetry, and of György Kepes and Paul Klee in the visual arts. Smith's published works include the offices of Firth Concrete, Hastings, New Zealand, 1958 (demolished), Indian_Hill_House in Groton, Massachusetts (1962–63), and Blackman House in Manchester-by-the-Sea,_Massachusetts (1992-93). He left New Zealand to study at MIT in the USA on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1952. During this time Smith studied under, and worked for, various MIT faculty and visiting faculty, including Carl Koch, Serge Chermayeff, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and György Kepes.
Back in New Zealand in the mid-1950s, Smith designed a number of small buildings, including individual houses in Auckland and the Firth Offices in Hastings, before returning to the US in 1958. There he taught from 1958 to 1996 at the School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He returned to New Zealand to teach at the Auckland University School of Architecture for one term in 1968.
Smith is currently Emeritus Professor of Architecture at MIT and lives in Harvard, Massachusetts.

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