About Smith Design Group

Smith Design Group is an architectural firm located at Lake Tahoe that has been operating in the Lake Tahoe Basin for over 25 years.  Smith Design Group is experienced in residential, commercial, and civic projects from conception to completion. SDG is involved from initial planning and TRPA consulting through design and construction administration. The firm operates a small studio conveniently located in Incline Village, Nevada where it maintains a balance between the sensibilities of a small firm with the possibilities of a larger firm. Smith Design Group and Principal Architect Dale E. Smith, AIA, have an understanding of the area’s residential trends as well as experience working with local public agencies.


The Architect and Project Managers at Smith Design Group are passionate about building functional and beautiful spaces for living and work.  The philosophy at Smith Design Group is to design and build spaces that creatively meet your aesthetic criteria, functional needs and budgetary requirements.  We believe your home or workplace is a reflection of your lifestyle and aspirations, Smith Design Group endeavors to create spaces that improve your quality of life.


Smith Design Group values open communication between all parties in a project. The firm ensures that clients are an important part of the design process.  One method to improve communication the firm employs is REVIT, a revolutionary 3D computer software that allows clients to get an unparalleled vision of the final creation.

About Dale E. Smith, AIA

Dale E. Smith, AIA, has been practicing architecture in the Reno-Tahoe area for over 35 years.  A Graduate of Cal Berkeley Architecture School, Dale has been living and working at Lake Tahoe since 1978.  He is registered to design in Nevada, California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Wisconsin, and holds NCARB certification.  Dale strives to develop innovative solutions that creatively respond to the client’s needs.  Dale believes it is paramount to provide his clients with an organized approach to each design commission.  He seeks to understand your goals and objectives by asking critical questions before formulating solutions.  Additionally, Dale’s experience as a General Contractor gives him a unique insight into the local construction conditions.  As the Principal Architect, he is involved in every commission at Smith Design Group.