Ian Smith founded IS-DG in Philadelphia in 2008. IS-DG is a member firm of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as well as a certified MBE in Pennsylvania. Ian was educated as an architect at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Yale University. His background includes extensive experience with the design of commercial, residential and institutional buildings. Ian is LEED and NCARB certified and has taught architecture at Philadelphia and Drexel Universities, exhibited at several art exhibits, and continues to publish his interests on architectural design and its environment.

Ian believes that architecture and the design of environments is an important part of our social structure and can have a positive impact on society as a whole. Learn more about our core values here. >



The Connections of Mechanical Fasteners: A Detailed Look at the East Falls Bridge

The Connections of Mechanical Fasteners; A Detailed Look at the East Falls Bridge is a drawing exercise to invigorate the senses. The purpose of the exercise was to speak out about drawing in the age of computer 3d graphics and information systems. The bridge has always been an excellent analogy to communication as well as a cogent reminder to the effort needed to build connections. Ian Smith hopes to redirect attention, if only for a fraction of a moment, to the necessity of acute observation “en plein air.”

Wildwood Moments: New Jersey’s Beloved Boardwalk

This book captures pastimes at southern New Jersey’s historical resort town. Explore in detail the beachfront boardwalk with favorite attractions, see a spectacle of neon lights on Morey’s Pier, signage from The Wildwood Motel and other 1950s-era pull-in lodges, and classic arcade games in booths packed with prizes.