Local architect and longtime Newport Beach resident Alan Smith died July 17, 2010, at home, with his family at his bedside.
Al was born in Long Beach to Albert and Ruth Smith in 1931. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1949. He graduated from the School of Architecture at UC Berkeley in 1953. Following graduation Al returned to Long Beach, joining Buffum’s Department Store as an assistant to the store architect, Orson Reynaud.
In 1954 Al met and married Mary Dianne Atkinson, also a Wilson graduate. That same year, Al fulfilled his military duty serving with the Army Corps of Engineers, stationed in Chinon, France. Their first child, daughter Capri, was born in Orleans, France. The new family returned to the U.S. in 1955 and Al began his apprentice with Kenneth Wing, AIA. In 1959 Al joined the young Newport Beach firm of Pleger, Blurock, Hogan and Ellerbroeck. Later Al became a partner in the Blurock Partnership, a long-lasting relationship. Al later became president and chief executive of Tbp Architecture until his retirement in 2001.