architecture firm San Luis Obispo


Architecture Firm San Luis Obispo

CRSA is defined by it's open and collaborative spirit

CRSA Architecture was founded in 1986 by Craig R. Smith, AIA. The firm has since established itself as an innovator in combining effective purpose with vibrant, place-making, award winning design. The firmʼs past and present project types are commercial and retail development, food service, winery development, adaptive reuse, historical rehabilitation, residential development and individual residential type clients, completing energetic projects that range widely in scope, scale and type.

The firmʼs organization is characterized by an open and collaborative spirit that extends to its clients and communities. Our long list of repeat clients is testament to our creativity, dedication and flexibility. We have earned a reputation as a firm capable of delivering innovative design while respecting time and budget. Our professional services include feasibility studies, programming, space planning, architecture, interior design, landscape design, construction documentation development and construction administration through occupancy.


Our office has consciously developed a diverse body of work as seen in our project portfolio. This project range benefits our clients, allowing us to transpose innovative and problem-solving solutions across several project types. The firmʼs practice is broadened and strengthened by design concepts that maximize each projects potential.

Many of our projects go through a public design review process, requiring extensive city, committee and neighborhood interaction. We find ways to embrace that involvement, weaving it into our building designs to become a source of pride for the entire community. By listening and responding to concerns, we widen the circle of ownership using the project to help reinforce and bond communities.

We believe in a holistic approach to design. This allows a balance between the current needs of our clients and a respect for the future needs of the community. We fully understand that sustainable development needs to be an integrated process involving all members of the project team. Commitment to a sustainable process leads to a high quality product with minimal impact on the environment and a solid return on investment.



1983  –  Park Hotel Restoration Project, Mixed Use Retail/Residential, Historical Restoration
San Luis Obispo, CA.
Merit Award; American Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter (AIACCC) Design Awards

1994   –  Palm Street Office Buildings
San Luis Obispo, CA
Merit Award; AIACCC Design Awards

1996  –  Muzio’s Market, Reuse Retail/Food Deli in Historical Building
San Luis Obispo, CA
BIA Down Town Beautification Design Award; Best T.I. Project

1998  –  Frameworks Building, Mixed Use Retail/Residential
San Luis Obispo, CA.
Obispo Beautiful Project of the Year

2000  –  Madison’s Bar and Grille, Restaurant and Bar in Historical Building
San Luis Obispo, CA
BIA Down Town Beautification Design Award; Best T.I. Project

2003  –  Brenner Residence, New Single Family Residence
Van Nuys, CA
Honorable Mention; American Institute of Architects San Fernando Valley Chapter Design Awards

2007  –  Secondary Dwelling, Affordable Housing for County of San Luis Obispo,
San Luis Obispo, CA
Design Award and Selection

2000  –  Salmon Residence, New Single Family Residence
San Luis Obispo, CA
Honors Award; AIACCC Design Awards

2008  –  968 Monterey Street, Commercial/Retail Re-use
San Luis Obispo, CA
Merit Award; AIACCC Design Awards

2010  –  The Historic Wineman Hotel, Restoration, Mixed Use, and Mixed Income Housing
San Luis Obispo, CA
Award of Honor; AIACCC Design Awards