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150 YEARS OF SMITHGROUP

The Detroit-based SmithGroup turns 150 this year, making it the oldest architecture firm in the United States. It is also the country's fifth largest, according to a 2002 report from Building Design & Construction. A look back at past successes and recent innovations such as in the McNamara Terminal and Chesapeake Bay Foundation headquarters and a look ahead to projects still on the boards demonstrate that the SmithGroup continues to reinvent itself.

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A TENT ON THE BEACH

Residential architect and teacher Marcel Sedletzky was born in Russia but lived most of his professional life in Monterey, California. His style was a blend of high modernism, like that of Marcel Breuer, with the organic fusion of form and site of Frank Lloyd Wright. Sedletzky's houses embody his passion for drama, and his collaborations with his clients were often dramatic as well. Editor

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