Smith Edwards McCoy Architects was formed by Tyler Smith and Jared Edwards in 1977, with Kent McCoy being made a partner in 2012. We are a moderate sized firm comprised of six architects plus supporting professional staff and our office is located in an historic converted mill building in downtown Hartford, Connecticut.

The focus of our work is in Connecticut’s cities and towns with a preponderance of our work in the Hartford area. We provide a full range of architectural and planning services that encompass virtually every building type that makes up a community: schools, corporate and governmental offices, firehouses, museums, maintenance facilities, restaurants, retail stores, housing of all types and streetscapes.

We are primarily recognized for our distinguished work in three specific areas: urban design, school design, and the renovation and restoration of existing buildings. Our recent school work, and in particular, our expertise in the design of elementary school facilities, has won acclaim from educators, Montessorians, and advocates of “multiple intelligence” learning environments. We have also had the good fortune to serve as architects for the restoration of some of Connecticut’s most prestigious landmarks and its largest adaptive reuse projects. Our interest in community building on a larger scale is evident in urban design projects in Hartford and in our school campus planning work.

At the core of our thinking is the belief that architecture is about place making, and that good design can enhance the human experience it serves. We strive to make buildings which work for our clients. We see these buildings as opportunities to create places which are functional, yet give dignity to their occupants, and encourage creative interaction and enjoyment. To us, context is more important than style, user satisfaction more than architectural statements, human scale more than monumentality.