Ms. Smith (Dodie) is the Principal/Owner and Licensed Architect for C. Spencer Smith AIA, LLC, (CSSAIA, LLC) an Architectural Planning and Consulting professional services firm. A graduate of the Tulane School of Architecture and New Orleans native, Dodie has been a registered architect for 34 years. Ms. Smith is qualified as a Historic Architect under the Secretary of the Interior's (SOI) Standards of Rehabilitation. She has served on the full commission for the Vieux Carre Commission since 1998. Until her recent resignation after 13 years of service, she was Vice Chairman of the full Commission and serve as Chairman of the Architectural Committee. She currently represents the Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board to ensure their compliance to the SOI standards, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in all of their restored, renovated, mothballed, demolished or expanded historic properties. This role requires and understanding of the means and methods of renovation and repair techniques required to remain in compliance to the standards set forth by the Secretary of the Interior when working on historic structures. Recently she has been engaged to fulfill this same role for the City of New Orleans. This on going work includes the review of drawings by other professionals for compliance to these standards.
CSSAIA, LLC is a full service architecture firm specializing in multi-family developments, custom home design, historic preservation and renovations and historic consultancy.