Alex Warnock-Smith

Spatial Practices Programme; Course Leader, BA Architecture

I am an architect and urbanist, trained at the University of Cambridge and the Architectural Association. I have worked at a number of leading practices in the UK, taught at several academic institutions around the world, and have lectured internationally on issues of architecture and urbanism, social justice and current affairs. Previously I was a Course Master at the Architectural Association Graduate School, a Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton.

I am the founding Director of Urban Projects Bureau, a multi-disciplinary design and research practice specialising in architecture, urbanism, spatial strategy and design. Recent architectural projects include the design and construction of a Sixth Form Study Centre for Graveney School in London, which was awarded two RIBA Awards and a Wandsworth Design Award, several education, mixed-use, live-work and residential buildings, public realm, town centre strategies and urban design projects. UPB also works with international NGO’s and development agencies on issues of informal settlements, rapid urbanisation and developing cities, including Transparency International and UN Habitat.

UPB features in the Architecture Foundation’s ‘New Architects 3’ publication, showcasing “Britain’s best emerging practices’. Urban Projects Bureau was selected as one of ten team of ‘explorers’ to research and exhibit in the British Pavillion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale 2012, the Ideas To Change British Architecture exhibition at RIBA 2013, and was included in the Guardian’s portrait of key players in British Architecture 2012.

I am also a writer who has written for many magazines and journals including the Architectural Review, Guardian Cities, the Times, and Blueprint magazine. Recent publications include Venice Takeaways, and London +10.