American architect Howard Smith was best known for the design of the Ohio Stadium, home to The Ohio State University football team. His work earned him the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Public Building Design.
Smith graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Civil Engineering in Architecture, and after studying architecture in Columbia, joined the firm of [John Russell Pope]. His initial projects for Pope included the Vanderbilt mansion and Henry Clay Frick's New York Fifth Avenue mansion. He served as a professor of architecture at OSU from 1918-21, and later as University Architect from 1929-56. Smith designed over 30 buildings on campus including Hughes Hall, Alpheus W. Smith Laboratory, St. John's Arena, and an expansion for the William Oxley Thomspon Memorial Library.