New York architect James Kellum Smith was born in Towanda, PA, and received his A.B. from Amherst College in 1915, followed by a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1919 he earned the John Stewardson Traveling Fellowship in Architecture and then in 1920 the Rome Prize, enabling him to work at the American Academy in Rome (1923). In fact, 1920 represents a year of awards for Smith as he also gained the AIA Gold Medal for Student Work and the French Government Gold Medal for Design in that year. With his arms full of medals, Smith returned to the United States and in 1924 joined McKim, Mead & White, becoming a partner in 1929. He remained with McKim, Mead & White for the rest of his professional career and was the last surviving partner of the venerable firm. Among his final designs was work on the American Military Cemetery in Florence, Italy (1948-1962).
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- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Architectural League of New York
- New York Chapter (AIA)
- University of Pennsylvania
- American Academy in Rome
- Amherst College
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