Timothy Smith and Jonathan Taylor are architects working together in London. Our designs for homes and housing, arts and commercial projects are practical and characterful. We work in collaboration with our clients to tailor traditional design virtues to the changing needs of modern life.

We have an international reputation for our interest in classicism and its potential as a living language of architecture. We do not engage with this way of thinking for nostalgic or sentimental reasons but as a foundation for a sustainable and robust architecture of the future.

Our small team is an RIBA Chartered Practice which means that we are endorsed and promoted by the Royal Institute of British Architects. We can draw on the services of a wide range of consultants with whom we have ongoing relationships, including contractors, engineers, building control specialists, historic building and ecology consultants.

Timothy Smith (left) and Jonathan Taylor (right)

Recognition for our work includes the RIBA Traditional Architecture Group’s Building of the Year Award in 2022 for our Georgian Townhouse project and a place on the London Borough of Southwark’s Framework Agreement for Architectural Design Services in 2020. In 2016 we were included in the Architecture Foundation’s book New Architects 3, “the definitive survey of the UK’s best emerging practices” and in 2019 the practice was invited to exhibit work at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

Teddington Folly

Design for a bench at Marble Hill House

Alongside our practice we teach a postgraduate design unit at Kingston School of Art, London, and are Visiting Scholars at the Catholic University of America, in Washington DC. These academic environments provide opportunities for creative reflection and intellectual rigour, which in turn inform our practice. In 2022 we were awarded the prestigious ICAA Arthur Ross Award for excellence in the classical tradition (education category) in New York City.

Timothy Smith studied art at Leeds College of Art and Design before studying architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. He spent a semester at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen and completed his studies at London Metropolitan University, where he then qualified. He worked in Zürich, Switzerland, and for a small practice in London before establishing his practice with Jonathan Taylor in 2010. He is registered with the Architects Registration Board, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and was a board member of the INTBAU Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture.

Jonathan Taylor studied geography at Aberystwyth before studying architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. He spent a semester at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen and qualified at Kingston University. Prior to establishing his architectural practice with Timothy Smith, he worked for offices in Blantyre, Malawi, Edinburgh and London. He is a Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, a member of the RIBA Traditional Architecture Group, registered with the Architects Registration Board, and a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Proposal for a building in Leeds
Extension in Camberwell


Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Arthur Ross Award for Education, New York City


RIBA Traditional Architecture Group Building of the Year Award


RIBA Traditional Architecture Group Achievement Award


Brick Awards (shortlist)


Invited competition for the Institute of Psychoanalysts (shortlist)


Open international competition for 150 homes for Peabody (shortlist)


Architect’s Journal Small Projects Competition (shortlist)


RIBA Yorkshire Awards (shortlist)



Wren At Work

Guildhall Art Gallery

London (practice and student work), 2023

Alternative Histories exhibition

Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin, CIVA, Brussels, Cork Street, London


What is Ornament?

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Lisbon (practice and student work), 2019

Frascati Forum

Drawing Matter

Somerset (student work), 2019

RIBA Traditional Architecture Group exhibition

Art Worker’s Guild

London (student work), 2019


Kingston School of Art (student work)


Metamorphoses: Classical Currents in Contemporary Culture

Queen’s House and Old Royal Naval College

London, co-curators (practice + student work), 2018

Salon des Réfuses

Art Worker’s Guild

London, 2018

Remember, Rebel, Repeat

Prince’s Foundation

London, 2018

Peabody 150

The Building Centre

London, 2012

AJ Small Projects

The Building Centre

London, 2011

Lectures and Talks

Losing Streak: the Competition and Architectural Exploration

RIBA Traditional Architecture Group

(online) , November 2023

Journey into Architecture

Temple Bar

London, July 2023

Classical Trans-LA-tions

ICAA South California

(online), December 2022

Leon Krier: The Completion of Washington DC: Sailing in the storm of a Post-Pandemic World (response panel)

Traditional Architecture Gathering 4.2

(online), February 2022

Walton Lecture Series: Marginal Classicism

Catholic University of America

Washington DC, USA, February 2022

Classical Translations

TU Munich

Germany (online), May 2021


IUAV Venice

Italy (online), May 2021

Classical Transformations

University of Miami

USA (online), April 2021

Studio shoptalk

University of Notre Dame

USA (online), March 2021

Marginal Classicism

University of Notre Dame

USA (online), March 2021

Register itineraries

Kingston School of Art

London (online), January 2021

Marginal Classicism


Oslo, Norway, November 2019

Marginal Classicism

Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture

Engelsberg, Sweden, July 2019

Register podcast interview with Ellis Woodman

November 2018

Marginal Classicism

Karakusevic Carson Architects

London, October 2018

Metamorphoses: Classical Currents in Contemporary Culture

Old Royal Naval College, lecture and seminar panel

Greenwich, London, October 2018

Language Lessons

ICAA Education Forum Catholic University of America

Washington DC, USA, September 2018

Register lecture series: Marginal Classicism

Kingston School of Art

London, March 2018


Brighton University

Brighton, October 2017

Architecture Foundation New Housing 2

Royal College of Art

London, August 2016

Some buildings by Sir Edwin Lutyens, OM, KCIE, PRA, FRIBA : thoughts on the non-expendability of tradition in architecture


Zürich, Switzerland, March 2014


“Georgian town house extension embraces the neoclassical”

Isabelle Priest

RIBA Journal, 2021

Essay in Register publication “Columns”


“Public House: A Cultural and Social History of the London Pub”

Contribution to Open City publication


Interview in Stoa, the magazine of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture


Essay and student work in Register publication “Fragments”


“Like the sudden revelation of something ancient”

Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Apollo, 2020

“Imaginative house extensions to build now”

Edwin Heathcote

Financial Times, 2020

Contribution to Drawing Matter publication “Alternative Histories”


Mention in Charles Holland, “Roll over Palladio”

RIBA Journal

Essay “Language Lessons”

Architecture Today, 2018

Essay “Language Lessons”

Kingston School of Art yearbook, 2018

Teddington Folly

Architecture Today, 2017

Mention in Timothy Brittain-Catlin, “Outrage”

Architectural Review, 2017

Projects featured in Architecture Foundation/Merrell publication “New Architects 3”, the definitive survey of Britain’s best emerging practices


Birmingham Design Charrette

Architect’s Journal, 2013

Doug’s Yard

Building Design, 2013

Kyverdale Road House

Grand Designs, 2013

”Into a Baptism of Fire”

George Saumarez-Smith

Building Design blog, 2012

Almondbury House

Architect’s Journal, 2011

The work of our students is annually included in The Classicist, the peer-reviewed journal published by the ICAA in New York City