Filmmaker Laura Hanna brought the work of architect Ted Smith to the loud paper broadsheet. She hadn't heard of San Diego's Ted Smith when she was commissioned to make short video about him for the US Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. And little wonder: the reclusive Southern Californian architect doesn't have a website or any publications to advertise his work, and often shies away from public appearances. This unorthodox and self-described "developer-architect" states, "Where the industry is complex, I hope to eliminate voice by acting as many industry players as possible. I want to be the architect and the developer and contractor. Architects are well- trained to make good buildings and cities, and need to know that perhaps they are the main players that will advance alternative goals." Smith’s reticence to engage with the media does not stem from lack of opinion; his GoHomes are as much about social activism as they are about personal history.
View Hanna’s full Biennale profile video of Ted Smith.