This paper addresses the aesthetics of ’how’ a building is designed. Through the morphological analysis in 2-D and 3-D drawings, both relational and constructive, of the Smith House (1965-1967), the paper aims to read the intellectual form of the house within its projected form. This reading proceeds by reconstructing the logic of organization of the material construction, accordingly subdividing the space of the building into a pattern and generating its formal properties. As such, the paper argues that the aesthetics of architectural form can be read as an interaction between formal elements and abstract spatial motifs directed by design strategies and tactics, in the distinctive final form. The Smith House is chosen because it represents the beginnings of the formal vocabulary and formal logic of Richard Meier, a logic that endures throughout his later career. The paper concludes that through the tracing of ‘how’ the house was designed, a deeper aesthetic appreciation of the work emerges and furthermore, the development of a terminology and understanding of logical form not only serves as basis for communication, whether between teacher and pupil, architect and client, or critic and public, but can also be used as a didactic method for instructing design studios.