Hartford's Deverell Smith is featured in the latest video celebrating Black History Month
Hartford's Deverell Smith is featured in the latest video celebrating Black History Month
Courtesy: America East Communications

Hartford's Deverell Smith is Featured for Black History Month Celebration

Release: 02/17/2011
In an effort to honor African-American alumni from each of the nine schools affiliated with the America East, the conference is putting together a nine-part video series featuring one prominent African-American alum from each school. This video series highlights the great history and success that African-American graduates from America East schools have had and also displays the variety of different jobs and backgrounds that these alumni have made an impact on after graduation.

Since graduating from the University of Hartford in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology, Deverell Smith has ascended to the role of project manager for the prestigious Tiffany & Co. In this role, Smith has designed stores for Tiffany & Co. across the world, including a location in the Las Vegas City Center that has won two international design awards. Prior to his work at Tiffany & Co., Smith designed retail environments for companies such as Coach, Calvin Klein and Lancome.

Due to his acclaimed work, Smith was honored by the University of Hartford with the prestigious Anchor Award in 2010. Smith also serves on the Board of the University of Hartford's College of Engineering and Technology. When not designing, Smith is an avid bicyclist, as evidenced by his participation on NYC Cycling Team, Inc., which is a competitive bike racing team that he manages and races with.

With his tremendous success in such a unique line of work, Smith is proof that no matter what a person's passion might be, with hard work and a commitment to excellence, success in any field is possible. While the number of African-Americans in design architecture is extremely low, seeing the work done by Smith on a national level should provide motivation to any person considering a potential career in architecture.