SMITH, C. RAY 1929-1988


Editor, author. Born March 3, 1929, in Birmingham, Ala.; son of Calvin Ray and Sara Amanda (Kelly) Smith; married Leslie Armstrong, December 17, 1971 (divorced, 1978); children–one. Education: Kenyon College, B.A., 1951; Yale University, M.A., 1958.  Career: Interior Design, New York City, assistant editor, 1958-60; Progressive Architecture, Stamford, Conn., senior editor, 1961-70;Theatre Crafts,New York City, editor, 1969-74; Interiors, New York City, editor, 1974-77.  Parsons School of Design, New York City, teacher of design history, 1977–; Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, teacher of design history, 1985–.  Membership(s): American Institute of Architects (fellow), U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (fellow), Society of Architectural Historians, Architectural League of New York.  Died August 18, 1988.


Contemporary authors online


The American Endless Weekend, American Institute of Architects, 1972.

Supermannerism; New Attitudes in Post-Modern Architecture, Dutton, 1977.

AIGA Graphic Design, U.S.A.; I, Watson-Guptill, 1980.

Interior Design in Twentieth-Century America; A History, Harper, 1987.


The Wood Chair in America, Estelle Brickel, 1982.

Interior Design in the Twentieth Century, Harper, 1986.


Jo Mielziner, The Shapes of Our Theatre, C. N. Potter, 1970.

The Theatre Crafts Book of Costume, Rodale Press, 1973.

The Theatre Crafts Book of Makeup, Masks, and Wigs, Rodale Press, 1974.

John Margolies, The End of the Road, Penguin in collaboration with Hudson River Museum, 1981.


Contributor to Encyclopedia of Contemporary Architects, Academic American Encyclopedia, and Britannica Encyclopedia of American Art.

Contributor to magazines and newspapers, including New York, Avenue, and New York Times Magazine. Editor, Oculus, 1981–.