About Us

Our Firm

D L Smith Design Studio is committed to excellence, providing innovative designs that strike the right balance between aesthetics and functionality. We encourage collaboration between the client and the design team, produce concise and accurate construction documents, and strive for a participatory construction administration experience. We appreciate challenge and complexity, finding great satisfaction in being problem solvers.  


Our objective is to deliver well-detailed buildings that both integrate naturally into their environment, and serve to enhance the surrounding community. 

Dennis Smith, Architect

Dennis Smith has been a licensed architect in Modesto, California since 1980. Prior to establishing D L Smith Design Studio, Dennis was an owner and the Design Principal for more than 20 years at his former firm, Grothe and Smith Architects. From his studies at California Polytechnic State University to his latest projects, he has always endeavored to create and deliver exceptional architectural solutions.


Dennis is a Licensed Architect in California, Registration #C10946, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in 1976 and holds several past and present professional affiliations, including:


  • Member, American Institute of Architects
  • Current Member, Modesto Planning Commission
  • Past Chairman, City of Modesto Landmark Preservation Commission   
  • Past President, Sierra Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects