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Profile of the American architecture firm CCS ARCHITECTURE, led by Cass Calder Smith and Lev Weisbach.

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[L-R] Cass Calder Smith and Lev Weisbach


Cass Calder Smith (born 1961)

  • Bachelor and Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley
  • Cass Calder Smith established the San Francisco architectural firm that bears his name in 1990. Celebrating its 15th year in the Bay Area, CCS-Architecture is located in a converted warehouse in the South of Market district with a staff of 18. In 2005, CCS-Architecture opened an office in NYC to better meet the needs of its diverse range of residential, commercial and mixed use clients.
  • Born in 1961, Cass earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of New York City, he has lived in California since 1972. As the son of an Academy-Award winning filmmaker and a California landscape painter and designer, his early years were influenced by both Greenwich Village intellectuals and rural California artisans.
  • Smith is recognized internationally for his architectural and interior design projects. In 1999 he was named " One of the 60 Most Powerful People in the Bay Area", and in 2005, he was featured in 1000 Architects, a pictorial directory of the worlds leading architectural firms. Hospitality Design Magazine also named Cass Calder Smith as "one of 8 designers considered the "Wave of the Future 2004".
  • Firmly based in the modernist idiom, Smith draws inspiration from history's great architects and cities as well as the epic filmmakers of the last century. Bold imagery and intricate detail are characteristic of his designs balanced with experience and common sense.

Lev Weisbach (born 1962)

  • Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of California at Berkeley
  • Master of Architecture from Columbia University
  • Lev Weisbach is a Project Principal with 19 years of experience in a diversified range of project types and scale. His experience includes master planning, civic, mixed-use office/retail, education, healthcare, research laboratories, housing, sustainable architecture and community centers. He has been responsible for the management of projects that range from $500,000 to $75 million. Mr. Weisbach has extensive experience working on large complex projects from their inception to the completion.
  • Lev is a native of San Francisco and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. He joined CCS Architecture in 2003 as a Principal after 6 years at Gensler, where he was responsible for the Shaklee Corporation Headquarters, Bay Meadows Mixed-Use Project, and the new San Francisco Jewish Community Center.
  • His projects have been exhibited in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, and New Delhi, and have appeared in Architectural Record, Architecture, Praxis, and many newspaper publications.


CCS Architecture is dedicated to excellence in architecture and design. Since its inception in 1990, CCS has designed a diverse range of public and private buildings and interiors for LIVING, WORKING, EATING, and MORE. The firm has gained international acclaim for the architectural and commercial success of its restaurant projects, while the uniqueness of residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects has met with an unusual degree of owner satisfaction and media praise.

CCS seeks to explore opportunities of maximum potential and express them at a scale appropriate to each project. The work is firmly based in the modernist idiom, where innovation and creativity are balanced by common sense and experience. The firm is known for creating projects with exceptional spatial and material qualities, and for providing outstanding, professional service.


  • Founded: 1990
  • Offices: 2
  • Design team: 26

Key projects

  • Seadrift Residence. Stinson Beach, CA. 2005-2007. second home
  • Mainland. Las Vegas, NV. 2007-2008. New restaurant.
  • Franz-Horiguchi Residence. Palo Alto, CA. 2006-2008. Single family home
  • Perbacco. San Francisco, CA. 2005-2007. New Restaurant in downtown San Francisco
  • rm seafood. Las Vegas, NV. 2004-2006. New 16,000 square foot restaurant, lounge & bar at Mandalay Bay.
  • Bay 13. Portland, OR. 2006-2007. New seafood restaurant in the Pearl District.
  • Lettus: Cafe Organic. San Francisco, CA 2005-2006. Organic Cafe in San Francisco's Marina District
  • Sonoma Residence. Sonoma, CA. 2004-2006. new Single Family Home
  • Firefly Grill. Effingham, IL. 2004-2006. new restaurant & lake.
  • Restaurant LuLu. San Francisco, CA 1990-1991. Restaurant (CCS' first restaurant)

Key publications

  • Cass Calder Smith Profile, Entrepreneur Profile, San Francisco Business Times, July 2007
  • Cass Calder Smith Profile, NY Times: Lessons Well Learned, at the Academy of Anything, May 2007
  • Lettus: Cafe Organic, Metropolis. Feature on IIDA Winners, January 2007
  • Lettus: Cafe Organic, Contract Magazine. Feature on Contract Interiors Awards. Best Restaurant Interiors Award, January 2007
  • Sonoma Residence, California Home & Design. Feature on Award Winners. Residential Award for under 3000 sf, January 2007
  • Sonoma Residence, Feature article. Abitare/Milan, Italy, May 2006
  • Terzo. SF Chronicle, "Top 10 Best Restaurants of 2006", December 2006
  • Santa Cruz Accessory Dwelling Units, Architectural Record, May 2005
  • Haus Martin, Dwell Magazine Cover Story, January 2005
  • rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Interior Design Magazine, April 2005

Key awards

  • Sonoma Residence, California Home & Design - Residential Architecture under 3000 sf Award, January 2007
  • Lettus: Cafe Organic, Contract Interiors Best Restaurant Award, January 2007
  • Lettus: Cafe Organic, IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments Award, June 2006
  • Delica rf-1, International Interior Design Association Award - Commercial, February 2005
  • Haus Martin, AIA Best of the Bay Interior Design Award, March 2005
  • Haus Martin, AIA East Bay Exceptional Residential Design Award, November 2004
  • Living Smart: Big Ideas for Small Lots Competition, Design Excellence Award, September 2004
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Program, 2005 AIA Honor Award, Outstanding Regional and Urban Design, February 2005
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Program, Award for Space Planning, CCS Architecture, Environmental Design Research Association / Places, May 2004
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Program, 2004 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence - Housing and Innovation, California League of Cities, 2004

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