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[Y/N] Studio is a creative platform established 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, including carefully detailed extensions, 100+ multi-unit housing schemes, a large workspace in Dalston, a mixed-use tower in South London and a footbridge for network Rail.

In 2018 the studio 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. More recently we won an invited compeition to deliver more than 60 homes in a building which has a tapering asterisk plan to maximise views and public space.

In 2019 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 new and refurbished work space and a new row of retail units formed from salvaged shipping containers will help to ensure continuity of the unique and valuable local community that has emerged since the sqaure was constructed nearly 20 years ago.

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 Çağın Bailey

Architectural Designer

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 Designer

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 Designer

Originally from the Isle of White Michael graduated from the Canterbury School of Architecure with a 1st class degree and is now completing his studies as the University of Greenwich.

Before joining [Y/N] Studio Michael previously worked alongside Alex at HawkinsBrown.  Michael has a passion for making and great eye for design.  He has contributed to a number of exciting projects as a freelancer within the studio.

Raffaela Swoboda

Architectural Designer

Originally from Switzerland, Rafaella graduated from the CASS in July 2018 and joined [Y/N] Studio in October 2018.

Raffaela is an enthusiastic team member, and a skilled model maker. She has been contributing to the a wide range of projects within the office from large mixed use buildings to smaller private houses.


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.

Former Collaborators

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


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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