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About Us

Talley & Smith Architecture traces its roots back to 1933. We have a long standing reputation for providing quality services and exceeding our clients’ expectations on projects in Cleveland County and throughout North and South Carolina. Our highly qualified staff is focused on serving you in all aspects of the design and construction process.

As part of our commitment to our community, we donate our time and resources to different projects and causes. We have assisted the following organizations:

  • Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council, Women’s Shelter, Shelby, NC
  • Sandra’s Home, A Christian Foster Home for Girls, Shelby, NC
  • Christine’s Home, A Christian Foster Home for Girls, Shelby, NC
  • Office Building for Hands-On-Missions and Laura’s Homes, Shelby, NC
  • Doers of the Word Church, Tenant Up-fit, Charlotte, NC
  • Westview Baptist Church (various small projects), Shelby, NC
  • Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, Office Renovation, Lincolnton, NC
  • Kings Mountain High School, Student Mentoring Program, Kings Mountain, NC
  • Cleveland County Schools, Career Fair, Cleveland County, NC
  • Kings Mountain High School, Career Seminars, Kings Mountain, NC
  • Springmore Elementary School, Courtyard Renovation, Boiling Springs, NC
  • C12/Gardner-Webb Business Ethics Day, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC
  • Boys & Girls Club, Proposed New Building, Kings Mountain, NC

Why Work with Us?

  • Master planning
  • Facility surveys
  • Site evaluation, selection and development
  • Building programming
  • Budget development
  • Conceptual and schematic design presentations
  • Integrated design of audio/video/data systems
  • Full coordination of all building engineering and technology services
  • Sustainable design and LEED certification
  • Energy efficiency modeling and life cycle costs
  • Construction documents for competitive bidding
  • Construction administration
  • BIM, Revit, and 3d modeling and animation
  • Detailed construction cost estimating
  • Project delivery by bidding, negotiation, or design/build


A construction project is a big investment. We design to achieve the careful balance between initial cost and long term costs. The goal is to design and construct a building that is the best value possible.

The initial cost is important, but the long term cost of operating a building over its lifetime is typically 5 times the one time cost of its construction.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of lower price is forgotten.” Benjamin Franklin


Robert L. “Bob” Smith, III

Robert L. “Bob” Smith, III

Architect, Licensed in NC and SC

Robert L. “Bob” Smith, III

AIA, NCARB, USGBC LEED Accredited Professional

Bob is responsible for project management, master planning, facility studies, architectural design, construction drawings, specifications and construction administration. He joined Talley and Smith architecture in 1993

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, United States Green Building Council, Cleveland County Historic Preservation Commission and C12 Christian Business Owners. He is also involved in his church and community, having served as chair of the Board of Christine’s Christian Foster Home for Girls, Deacon Board at Westview Baptist Church in Shelby, the Cleveland County Historic Preservation Commission and the Exchange Club of Shelby. Other community activities have included coaching Dixie Youth League baseball, serving as a senior project mentor at Kings Mountain High School, and participating in the Cleveland County Schools Career Fair.

1986 BA in Journalism, UNC Chapel Hill

1992 BA in Architecture, UNC Charlotte

1997 Professional Degree in Architecture, UNC Charlotte

Norman W. “Bud” Talley

Norman W. “Bud” Talley

Architect, Licensed in NC
Steve C. Fender

Steve C. Fender

Construction Administrator