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[Y/N] Studio is a creative platform established by architect Alex Smith to ask questions of the built environment.

The complexity associated with designing and constructing our cities is astounding and a great deal of architecture serves only to ADD complexity.

We think the role of the designer is to question these established but convoluted processes and to REDUCE complexity. We work with the various inputs, histories, technologies and constraints with which we are presented to formulate a response rather than imposing an abstract theology, manifesto or style. We, as architects, are editors of the process. 

The questions, and the problems, can be incredibly complex, but a successful answer should be as simple as YES or NO.

Since forming as a company in January 2017, we have been working on a diverse range of commissions, from carefully detailed small-scale extensions to 100+ multi-unit housing schemes, a large workspace in Dalston, and a mixed-use tower in South London.  Recently we won a competition for 4 holiday homes in Greatsone-on-Sea, which are designed as a continuous spiral of floorplates to maximise sea views and reduce circulation space.

In 2018 we will start on-site with at least 4 projects most notably the extension and refurbishment of the Bradbury Street workspaces which face onto Gillett Square in Hackney. This will include around 1500m2 of work space, a temporary deck for the duration of construction which can be used by local communities providing active frontage on all sides of the square for the first time in it’s history. 

The people who work with us are talented and ambitious with backgrounds working in London, Switzerland and Copenhagen for Internationally recognised practices.



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. He has 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 London Metropolitan University.

Ayse Cagin Bailey
Architectural Assistant

Ayse Cagin Bailey received her undergraduate and Master's degrees from Istanbul Technical University.  She has former experience of working on significant public, private and cultural projects while working at Herzog and de Meuron in Basel, ACME in London and Urastudio in Istanbul.  Ayse is now based in London and joined [Y/N] Studio in June 2017

Maegan Icke
Architectural Assistant

Maegan joined [Y/N] Studio having previously worked for atmos studio and Hawkins/Brown on a range of schools and community research projects in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Master’s degree in 2017, having completed her undergraduate degree at the Canterbury School of Architecture where she has returned as a visiting critic.

Michael Waters 
Architectural Assistant

Former Collaborators:
David Lomax
Margherita Zompa
Carolina Borgatti
Daniel Ford
Ainhoa Valle
Ezmira Peraj
Roxani Tseranidou

Working with us

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. We believe a project leader can be someone of any level of experience if given proper support within a studio structure.

Open to those looking to gain experience in an ambitious and competitive studio environment. As an intern you will gain experience of a range of activities within the studio from physical model making, preparation of presentation materials. This is not a passive role, you will be expected to contribute your ideas, energy and personality. This is a paid position for a minimum of 3 months.

Part 2 Architectural Assistants.
For postgraduates looking to grow in the business and gain new skills. We expect you to be an all rounder with a desire to learn and take part in all areas of project design and delivery. Your role will include opportunities to gain on-site experience and meet clients to enable you to qualify.

you will be expected to lead and to listen to project teams and be expected to contribute across numerous projects dependent on their size. Your role may include being main point of contact for clients. You will also be expected to sell the ideas of the practice. In line with our approach your salary will be based on your relevant experience rather than how many years you have been qualified.

To be considered for the positions above, please email your CV/short portfolio to us at:

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


General Enquiries

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