As a principal, Larry Smith directs Avant Architect’s approach to project design.  Larry has developed a reputation for tailoring the design process to each individual client and design challenge. Larry’s design capabilities include programming, master planning, design, construction documents, and administration.  His experience includes a wide range of project types including retail, office, multi-family housing, education, research and medical facilities. He is skilled at identifying the essence of clients’ issues, offering a range of possible solutions and expanding the client’s as well as the design teams aspirations for the project.

Curiosity, common sense and a holistic design approach are central to design excellence.  Meeting the clients functional needs cost effectively with a strong positive aesthetic result creates places and spaces that make a difference.

Connections and Education:

  • Registered Architect:  Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, North Dakota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina
  • Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Member, American Institute of Architects Committee on Design
  • Past-President, AIA Nebraska Board of Directors (2009)
  • President, AIA Nebraska Board of Directors (2008)
  • President-Elect, AIA Nebraska Board of Directors (2007)
  • Secretary, AIA Nebraska Board of Directors (2006)
  • Treasurer, AIA Nebraska Board of Directors (2005)
  • Director, AIA Nebraska Board of Directors (2004)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Architecture,  Iowa State University (1979)

“Art is the replacing of indifference with attention.”  -Guy Davenport

I create art.  Each one happens to be a building where someone lives or works or plays or heals.  We cannot afford to be indifferent.  We owe it to the building users to pay attention.  

Recent Projects:

  • Crossroads Village Development; Omaha, NE
  • The Triangle Residences; Omaha, NE
  • The Lodge at Northbrook; Northbrook, IL
  • Nebraska Crossing Outlets; Gretna, NE
  • Providence Medical Center; Wayne, NE


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