Holly & Smith Architects: Firm’s designs nurture a passion for living

(From left) Pierre Theriot, Michael Holly, Ryan Faulk, Rohit Sood, Mary Mowad Guiteau, Mark Beckers, Kevin Morris. Not pictured: Jeffrey Smith, Robert Boyd.

Human beings spend most of their personal and professional time within the built environment. In recognition of that fact, Holly & Smith Architects seeks to create the spaces and places where people live their lives. They know that people’s lives can be literally transformed by the quality of the space and place where they work or live.


Top executives: Kevin Morris, President; Ryan Faulk, CEO; Pierre Theriot, Vice President and Design Director

Phone: 985.345.5210

Address: 208 N. Cate Street, Hammond, LA 70401 

Website: hollyandsmith.com

Holly & Smith Architects feels it’s critical, therefore, to keep this most basic and essential thought at the forefront of the practice. “From our beginnings in 1980, we’ve been based upon the principles of creating and maintaining client relationships, providing creative and innovative design solutions, and providing a work product that surpasses client expectations,” says Mary Mowad Guiteau, IIDA, IFMA, associate principal and director of interior design.

They have had a strong focus on educational design work ever since landing their first big design contract with the Tangipahoa Parish School System. From there, they’ve completed design work for dozens of school systems across the state. Building upon that solid foundation, they’ve established an admirable pattern of growth, now operating offices in Hammond, New Orleans and Lafayette. 

Holly & Smith Architects knows from experience that the best designs are those that result from an empathetic and collaborative process. To achieve that goal, they engage in an open dialogue and collaboration with their clients.

They also have an acute awareness of their impact on the environment. Understanding the climatic conditions of a place informs their design as they search for a site’s unique aspects of celebrating and enhancing those qualities. Therefore, they provide sustainable, regionally responsive architecture, master planning, and interior design through a culture of design and a collaborative process to achieve innovative solutions.

Currently, Holly & Smith Architects is in the middle of a 10-year transition that was carefully and strategically planned by founders Michael Holly and Jeffrey Smith. The new leadership team includes Kevin Morris, president; Ryan Faulk, CEO; and Pierre Theriot, vice president in charge of design. “The care taken in preparing our new leaders speaks to the knowledge and history of our founding partners,” Guiteau says. “They’ve thoughtfully planned everything so that our clients won’t miss a beat. We want it to be a seamless transition.”