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Flor grew up in Guatemala City where she learned from her parents to love the arts, to appreciate culture, and to give back to her community. She studied architecture in Guatemala and spent summers abroad to continue her studies at Texas A&M and Chicago Institute of Art, and in 1996 traveled to Potsdam, Germany on scholarship with the Prince of Wales Urban Task force. After becoming a licensed architect in her home country, an architectural internship with Black River Design in Vermont brought her back to the States, where she fell in love with
Vermont and with her future husband. After 13 years at the architectural firm, she started her own design firm in 2011, diazsmithSTUDIO through which she designs mostly residential and consults with other architects on interior, residential, retail, and school design.
Since moving to Vermont in 1997, Flor has been dedicated to public education policy and implementation motivated by her belief that a quality education is a human right. For several years, Flor was instrumental in leading her community to pass a crucial school bond and subsequently took on a role overseeing the significant building renovation of East Montpelier Elementary. Since 2007 she volunteer for the Facilities Committee of East Montpelier School and became a citizen in 2009 to run for the School Board. Since 2010 she has served on the East Montpelier school board of which she is now vice-chair and for the past year and half she served and was chair the Washington Central Supervisory Union’s Act 46 committee.
She lives at their farm House in East Montpelier with her husband Dan Smith and their two kids, Mia Isabella and Lincoln.