Born in Philadelphia, Stuart R. Smith was the son of Charles Justice and Edith A. Smith. He graduated from Central High School and then from the University of Pennsylvania with his B.S. in architecture (1913), followed by his M.S. in 1914. From 1914 to 1916 he was employed by Philip Tyre, but in July, 1916 he became an architectural engineer with Abel Bottoms & Sons Co., contractors. This arrangement lasted for only about a year, until July 1917, according to Smith's application for membership in the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA. Soon he returned to Philip Tyre. Smith's city directory listings for the 1920s are ambiguous. There is no listing for 1921, but then he reappears in 1922 to 1927 as an engineer. The 1929 to 1936 citations give his occupation as architect, with 1929 specifically noting Tyre as his employer.
Smith joined the AIA in 1921.
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- University of Pennsylvania
- Central High School
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