Allyson Smith headshot
Director, Heritage Center

Raised in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Ontario, Allyson spent her childhood hoping to escape the Canadian winds. After receiving her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, she headed south to Washington, D.C. An offer to help design the Carter Presidential Library and Museum led the way to 30+ years in museum work, including world fair pavilions, international blockbuster shows, art and history exhibitions, and national park installations. Hoping to escape the rainforest humidity of our nation’s capital, Allyson headed west to Colorado and became Director of Design and Production for the Colorado Historical Society. In 2000 she joined the Heritage Center team. These 20+ years at beautiful CU Boulder are filled with wonderful memories, people and experiences. Allyson lives in Boulder and misses sailing in those cold Canadian winds.