The RED Office is a fully integrated real estate investment, development and design company focused on the acquisition and development of real estate.

The firm’s unique position lies in the investment of intellectual capital using innovative design solutions to improve the built environment, creating value both for partners and neighborhoods. 

Financial feasibility, design, development, construction and project management are all executed through the RED Office multi-platform structure, allowing coherent and productive execution of unique visions.

The RED Office is comprised of individuals from diverse professional backgrounds including development, design, construction, and asset management with focuses on hospitality, commercial, multi-family and urban design.

Ted Smith and Kathleen McCormick

The RED office is the successor company augmenting and expanding the 40 year practice of Smith and Others Architects.  Principals Ted Smith and Kathleen McCormick have been joined by graduates of Woodbury University’s masters in Real Estate development program ( Mred ), experienced  San Diego practitioners, and fellow Woodbury faculty.  The team has accomplished a wide range of unusual housing projects acting as developer, architect, and contractors. These projects include, the Upas Street Houses where three single-family homes in a downtown infill site were offered for sale without interior partitioning, allowing the buyers rather than the developers to determine the layout. In Del Mar, the company built six loft houses in a string of buildings over a six year period, separating the commercial and residential zones. Each house, called a GoHome, contains six suites and provides some of San Diego’s most affordable market rate ownership and rents. In 1989, the firm developed an early San Diego example of the eastern prototype, the Row House, on Cortez Hill. The project, the Richman-Poorman Building mixes affordable “GoHomes”, with luxury town houses. In 1997 the firm developed new housing in Little Italy as a member of a team of architects and developers who divided the status quo full block development into small parcels. The project, an RFP for a housing demonstration block sponsored by the Centre City Development Corporation, combines row houses, subsidized family housing and market rate affordable lofts, all surrounding an open space in the block center. Essex Lofts, a forty-unit apartment building that proposes an alternate strategy for middle density housing eliminating underground garages and interior hallways by parking on the roof was constructed in 2002.  The RED Office is currently planning a rejuvenation project in Barrio Logan, near Chicano Park below the Coronado Bridge, where nine architects have purchases individual lots in a coordinated effort to demonstrate the merits of small-scale infill development.  RED office partner Hector Perez, has completed the first project, La Esquina and RED partner Joe Cordelle is concurrently  submitting his Barrio Logan project to the coastal commission. The neighborhood is already on the rise.  

In 2005 Smith initiated the new graduate program to teach development strategies to architects at Woodbury University. In 2008, the work of Smith and Others was exhibited in the Venice Biennale as a small part of the US Pavilion. Most recently the partners have completed a glass house in a Hillcrest canyon and a new restaurant in Little Italy. Currently the firm is developing a micro unit tower in San Diego based on an alternative design Smith and Others exhibited in the City Museum of New York as a part of the exhibit “ Making Room, Models for Housing New Yorkers”


Kate Meairs

Kate is a Partner at the RED Office.  With over 17 years of practice focused on multi-family and mixed use urban projects,  both as running her own firm as well as collaborating with others.  Meairs has extensive experience with large scale developments.  In her career she has been involved in the full range of multi-family projects both in budget, (luxury, market-rate and affordable) as well as range of scale from single family to large master developed projects and high-rises. Meairs is a licensed architect and holds a Masters in Real Estate Development as well as extended studies in Construction Development Management.  Meairs has led multiple design and production teams and has successfully delivered over 3,000 total living units. 


Hector Perez

Perez is a Partner Member of the RED Office. Perez was born in Guadalajara Mexico and migrated to the United States with his family in 1974.  Like Smith, Perez acts as developer on the projects he designs and has recently completed a successful mixed-use live/work project east of Downtown San Diego in Barrio Logan. Like Smith’s efforts in Little Italy, Perez can see potential in underserved neighborhoods and is nimble enough with design and finance to make new developments happen allowing pioneering in redevelopment areas larger developers can not attempt. In addition to his award winning built designs, Perez has taught design studios and workshops at some of the most prestigious institutions around the world. Perez holds a B.Arch from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, and an MS in Architecture from MIT.


Joe Cordelle

Joe Cordelle is an architect who has provided rendering services in San Diego for over 30 years. Currently he works out of his studio in Little Italy.


Aaron Borja

Aaron A. Borja graduated from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona with a Bachelor of Architecture. He was the first to receive the degree while balancing collegiate athletics.  While attending Cal Poly he studied abroad at California State University Firenze in Italy.  He went on to continue his education and received a graduate degree from Woodbury University Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development program.  At the time, he was the youngest student to complete the program.  After graduate school, Aaron was able to start multiple businesses to begin his professional career.  It was at this time he was able to target different passions of his: He is the principal and co-founder of Architects Local, a full-spectrum architecture firm specializing commercial, residential and multi-family projects.  He is an Associate at Archillusion, an interior design and development corporation in Los Angeles. He is president and co-founder of AGESS, Inc. - Alternative Generating Energies & Sustainable Solutions is a project management group that is focusing on environmental restoration at the Salton Sea, California.   He also wanted to share his experiences and knowledge of architecture and the environment so he helped start and is an instructor at the International institute of Architecture (iiA), in Los Angeles.  The iiA is a school helping to guide and inspire young architects who are interested in the profession.   In his free time, he coaches club soccer at the University of San Diego. 


Brandon Blakeman

Brandon Blakeman has over 10 years of experience in Architecture focusing primarily on large scale civic, education and private developer projects.  He has managed design, construction, and fabrication on complex projects, executing them through a variety of project delivery methods.  After earning a Masters of Real Estate Development for Architects from Woodbury University, he started an Architecture and Development practice in San Diego, CA.  Brandon has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and is a California licensed Architect.


Patrick Cordelle

Patrick Cordelle studied architecture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Currently he offers design and rendering services out of San Diego, California.