Asheville Based Architect And Home Builder

Located in Asheville, ASSEMBLY ARCHITECTURE + BUILD is a small forward-thinking group of designers, architects, and builders advocating for and delivering on a smarter built environment. Our philosophy is simple: design and build beautiful and affordable green homes, keep the process simple and fun, and have clear communication with a high level of collaboration throughout the process.

Founded by Ross Smith, ASSEMBLY ARCHITECTURE + BUILD was created to streamline the project delivery process by combining architecture and construction into one office. This unique combination enables us to DESIGN homes based on values of energy-efficiency, site-specificity, and client needs, while BUILDING homes based on resource stewardship, quality, and affordability. Removing the conventional professional barrier between Owner-Architect-Contractor makes us a unique company with a fast response time and affordable rates.

We are constantly striving to create better homes, which keeps us at the cutting edge of technology and building techniques. It is our belief that with architecture and building comes great responsibility; it’s an opportunity to shape the built world around us in ways that are both ethical and elevating.



Ross grew up between Washington DC and Guatemala City where his dad ran a renewable energy non-profit with a focus on wind and solar energy. Ross received his degree in architecture from Yale University where he graduated with an award in design excellence. He is both a licensed architect and contractor and founder of ASSEMBLY ARCHITECTURE + BUILD

Ross, principal in charge of project design and construction management

Leslie Harrison

Leslie grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and attended Centre College in the state, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History. After graduation, she moved down to North Carolina, staying briefly in the mountains before moving on to Raleigh and North Carolina State University for her Master’s of Architecture — where she graduated with a certificate in City Design and concentration on History and Theory.

Felipe Santander

Felipe grew up in Santiago, Chile where he received his degree in architecture from the Universidad Finis Terrae.

He has since relocated to Asheville, North Carolina, where he gets to enjoy the rich biodiversity of the Appalachian Mountains. With a love for modern architecture and traditional craftsmanship, he’s  been working on energy-efficient homes that integrate sustainable solutions and create inspiring living spaces that honor the surrounding landscape.


Brett grew up on the shores of the Outer Banks making the trek to Western NC to attend Warren Wilson College where he graduated with a degree in the arts. He is project lead for carpentry with a large skill base and excellent communication. Brett is both an excellent framer and finish carpenter!

Brett is lead carpenter with the skills to bring a complex design to life effortlessly.