Mr Toby Smith

BA Hons Architecture (1st), Dip Arch (Dist), RIBA PIII, ARB Registered Architect, PCTHE (Dist) Fellow of the HSA

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture


  • RIBA Studio, Design Leader
  • RIBA Foundation in Architecture, Design Examiner
  • BA Architecture, Design Unit G Leader

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • ARCH5002
  • ARCH5003
  • ARCH6005
  • ARCH6007
  • RIBA Studio Certificate
  • RIBA Studio Diploma
  • RIBA Foundation in Architecture

RIBA Studio, Design Leader

  • Leading, coordinating, designing and moderating all Design activities, workshops, and examinations on the RIBA Studio Certificate at RIBA Part 1 and Diploma at RIBA Part 2 levels

RIBA Foundation in Architecture, Design Examiner

  • Contributing to coordination and delivery of RIBA Foundation in Architecture

BA Architecture, Design Unit G Leader

  • In collaboration with Mike Halliwell and Justin Chapman (Tech)
  • Leading, coordinating, designing and delivering architectural design teaching for Yr2 and Yr3 architecture students since 2010
  • Unit G is focused on developing creative architectural design skills through an intense iterative design process, exploring radical architecural responses to place, people and purpose


  • Occasional lecturer in Architectural Technology and Professional Practice at undergraduate and post-graduate levels
  • Personal Tutor for RIBA Studio Students at RIBA Part1 and Part2 levels 2011-2020
  • Personal Tutor for RIBA Part3 students

Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • ARB Registered Architect
  • Fellow of the HSA

Areas of expertise

  • ARB Registered Architect and Practice Principle of tobysmithArchitecture since 2006, Toby Smith Architecture website
  • Regular guest critic at RIBA Part1 and Part 2 levels at Oxford Brookes and the Bartlett Schools of Architecture
  • Structural Design - previously lecturer and coordinator of structures teaching for architecture students in Yr1,2,3 at Oxford Brookes and previously at the Bartlett Schools of Architecture
  • Architectural Construction - previously lecturer and coordinator of materials and construction teaching for architecture students in Yr1 and 2 at Oxford Brookes and previously at the Bartlett Schools of Architecture
  • Acoustics - previously leader and coordinator of Post-graduate dissertation unit "The Architecture of Sound" with Paul Gilliron and Raf Orlowski at the Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Construction Procurement - occasional lecturer for RIBA Part III students

Other experience

Practicing Architect 2006-present: Rural Oxfordshire based architectural practice, engaged in solo and collaborative projects delivering innovative design bespoke to client, brief, site and budget;  Best Residential Architecture Practice (Oxfordshire): Build Architecture 2017; projects include:

  • Book-Case, Oxfordshire (Under construction) A top-lit hanging library/stair to re-structure, organise and integrate new bedroom, studio, bathroom and living spaces of a 3-storey 18thC Oxfordshire cottage, in collaboration with Melissa Kinnear
  • Power:House, Oxfordshire 2019 Garden studio and bio-mass plant room
  • River House, Oxford  2014-16: 2-storey side and rear extensions to a 1930's "semi" paddling in the Thames seasonal flood water
  • Honeysuckle, Warwickshire  2010-13: Victorian terrace re-build providing sustainable social housing and re-development prototype.


  • Build Architecture Awards 2017: Best Oxfordshire Residential Project: Honeysuckle Social Housing
  • Stratford upon Avon DC Building Control, Building Excellence 2014-15 nomination

Unbuilt projects:

  • Barn:Yard, Buckinghamshire (2018-20), Vine:Yard (2013-2016), Cabinet (of Curiosity) (2009-12), National Grid Pylons (2011), Bodywarmer (2009), Cave and Ark (2008), The Pargetter (2007), Hats-Off (2006-8), Sideboard (2004-6)
  • Senior Project Architect, Ian Ritchie Architects 1994-2004 Running, leading, designing, coordinating numerous architectural projects including:
  • TR2, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1997 - 2003: 4050m2, £5.8M New-build, workshop, rehearsal and education centre for Theatre Royal, running the project from first inception to completion, Lead designer, managing the project design team of 13 architects, coordinating the consultant design team, contract administrator and  fending off the Duchy of Cornwall.


  • RIBA - Stirling Prize shortlist of 4, and RIBA Regional award
  • RFACT - Building of the Year
  • CDA - Innovation in copper
  • AIA UK - Design Excellence Award


  • TR2, Categorical Books, 2003
  • Architecture 03. The RIBA Awards, Merrell, 2003
  • Nine Positions, Peter Cook, The British Council, 2004
  • Bartlett Works, Laura Allen etc. August projects ltd, 2003
  • AJ Mar 2003; RIBA Journal Feb 2004; L’Arca 52 Nov 2003
  • BD Mar & Oct 2003; Architecture Today Oct 2003

Exhibited: 9th Venice Biennale of Architecture, British Pavilion, 2004

Broadcast: The Stirling Prize, Channel 4, October 2003

  • Whitecity (Westfield) London, 1999, 2002, 2003 - 2004 (completed by others) 200,000m2 retail, £600M New-build shopping centre and infra-structure: rail, tube, bus stations and parking for 5,000 cars. Lead construction and specification coordinator, managing a team of 27 architects
  • Northbrook House Oxford, 1996 - 1997 3,000m2, £3M, New build, offices, landscape and car park Project Architect from planning to completion, managing a team of 8 architects Awards:  Civic Trust 1997 Published: AJ, RIBA Journal and BD
  • Jubilee Line Extension London, 1995-96 Bermondsey Station modifications and detail design and construction of 3no. Mid-Line Vent and Escape shaft buildings, working in a team of 4 architects to help completion of the project and opening of the line
  • TUC glass roof London, 1996 Detail design of a new ground level glass roof over the TUC conference hall
  • Natural History Museum Redesign and re-planning of the Earth Galleries (previously Geology museum).

Other projects:

  • Stratford on Avon Courtyard Theatre 2004; Spire of Dublin 1999; EDF Pylons 1996; Crystal Palace Concert Platform 1996

Un-built projects:

Potters Field (Tower Bridge) housing 2002; BMW centre 2002; ENO rehearsal centre 2001; London Habitable Bridge 1999; Crystal Palace complex 1998; Brighton West Pier Hotel and re-development 1997; V&A Extension 1996; Royal Opera House temporary theatre 1995

Previous Architectural Teaching:

  • 2013-18: Unit G Leader, BA, with Colin Smith
  • 2010-13: Unit G Leader, BA, with Jonathan Pile (initially Fionn Stevenson)
  • 2009-10: Unit H Tutor, BA, with Ronnie Maclellan, Elliott Wingfield and Sarah Royse
  • 2009-17: Technology Lecturer and tutor, Yr1: Structures lectures, tutorials, coordination and assessment
  • 2009-17: Technology Lecturer and tutor, Yr2: Structures lectures, tutorials, coordination and assessment
  • 2010-12: Module Leader, Yr 1 Introductory Technology
  • 2010-12 : Module Leader, Yr 2 Technology and Precedent
  • 2009-13, 19: echnology Lecturer, Yr 3: Structures and Construction
  • 2008-09:  Units B and H Technology Tutor, BA, with Sarah Stevens and Ronnie Maclellan
  • 2013-present:  RIBA Studio Examiner for RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 students
  • 2013-16: MArch DS3 and DS2 visiting critic, with Kathleen O'Donnell and Jessica In
  • 2014-15: nteriors Yr3, visiting critic, with Ricardo Assis Rosa and Andrea Placidi
  • 2018, 19: RIBA Part 3 Lecturer: Procurement

Independent Teaching 2011 - present:  

  • 2011-present: RIBA Studio Personal Tutor for Part 1 and 2 students, Paul Avery nominated for RIBA Silver Medal 2015
  • 2002-present: RIBA Part 3 Personal Tutor
  • 2020: Part1 and 2 ARB Prescriptive Examination personal tutor
  • 2014-present: Practice Mentor to Transition by Design, an Oxford practice of ex-Brookes students.

The Bartlett, UCL Senior Lecturer 1995 - 2012:                                                 

  • 2006-10: Design Tutor, Yr1, with Frosso Pimenides and Patrick Weber
  • 2006-10 : Module Leader, Yr 1 Technology: Structures and Construction Lecturer and Tutor
  • 2007-12 "Film and Architecture" dissertation critic with Christophe Gerard
  • 1995-99  Technical Unit Leader, Diploma,  “The Architecture of Sound” , with Raf Orlowski, Arup Acoustics 1996-99, and Paul Gillieron, PGA, 1995.

Further details

My practice spans between a commitment to architectural education through to delivering live construction projects. While my own design work focuses on developing unique and bespoke proposals that are highly particular to each client, site, project and budget; my teaching work is centred on nurturing creative design skills and developing critical conceptual thinking, while encouraging wider participation and engagement in architecture at all stages from the first steps in design, developing design skills and gaining qualification, working in practice, through to developing and promoting routes into teaching in architecture. I am currently developing my Phd proposal exploring the origins and authorship of spatial ideas. 

Other publicity

Personal projects:

  • "Sense", London Slaughterhouse Galleries, Smithfield 1994
  • Exhibition in collaboration with Matthew Barnet-Howland and others of final Part 2 Diploma installation projects

Further information