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Alex Smith

Founding Director

Alex Smith is an architect based in London. He has previous experience of working in Copenhagen for Julien De Smedt and in London for Hawkins/Brown where he completed a series of innovative award winning buildings including The Cube Building in Hackney and Hilden Grange Prep School in Kent. 

Alex studied at the Royal College of Art and has taught 3rd year at Canterbury School of Architecture since 2012. He has also been a visiting critic and workshop co-ordinator at the RCA, The University of Brighton, Oxford Brookes and Central St Martins.

Since 2018 he has been a visiting examiner on the professional practice Part 3 course at London Metropolitan University.

Alex leads all studio projects using his significant experience in design and delivery of a variety of building types.  Since forming [Y/N] Studio Ltd in January 2017 he has pushed every project they have undertaken to its maximium potential with support from a talented and growing team.


We are always interested to hear from talented people as we look to expand our team.

We believe that a competitive meritocracy leads to the best projects. All team members of [Y/N] Studio are expected to contribute design ideas and criticism and as a result our projects evolve without single ownership.

To be considered, please email your CV/short portfolio to us at:

We will review every CV and keep them on file, if you do not hear from us you have not been considered for a position at this time.


Maegan Icke
Edward Crooks
Michael Waters

Raffaela Swoboda
Ayse Cagin Bailey
David Lomax
Margherita Zompa
Carolina Borgatti
Daniel Ford
Ainhoa Valle
Ezmira Peraj
Roxani Tseranidou
Luna Ozbek

services / clients / contact


Interior Design
Urban Design / Masterplanning
Landscape Design
Principle Designer
Computer Generated Images
Model Making


Tech City Ventures
Pocket Living.
Gung Ho Communications.
Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC.
The Greater London Authority.
L&Q Housing Association.
Kurapatwa Ltd.
Setha Group.
Shetson Properties.
Folkestone and Hythe District Council.
New Horizon Youth Centre.
Oslo Architecture Trienale.
Broads Authrority Norfolk.
St Martins Church Brighton.
Cabildo de Lanzarote (Lanzarote Council)
The Landscape Institute
Guimaraes Capital of Culture 2012, Portugal.


[Y/N] Studio
Unit 408, E1 Studios
7 Whitechapel Road,
E1 1DU
T: 020 3176 9002

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