Giles Samuel Peter Smith,

Unit Master

Professional qualifications


Research Interest

Current research interests include: - cultural infrastructure - workspace, particularly creative workspace - materiality and craft - architecture & economics - play and children in the city - architecture & nature - the architectures of death, and contemporary funerary rituals


Giles is a founding member of the architecture and art collective Assemble, which he founded with others in 2010. Giles’ work involves developing strategic design responses to urban issues and building cultural infrastructure. Most recently this has involved working on projects at a range of scales in Venice, Liverpool and London with clients including the University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths. Assemble has won various awards internationally for its practice, most prominently the Turner P


2018, Richard Sennett, with Ricky Burdett and Saskia Sassen, The Quito Papers and the New Urban Agenda, Routledge
A contribution on an architecture of indeterminacy to a book produced by UN Habitat.

2017, John Bingham-Hall and Adam Kaasa, Making Cultural Infrastructure, Theatrum Mundi CIO
Contribution to a critical publication on Cultural Infrastructure by think tank Theatrum Mundi.


2018, Giles Smith and Anthony Engi Meacock, Rebuilding Architecture, Amateur Hour
A presentation to a symposium held at Yale University, organised by Peggy Deamer.


2018, Assemble, Freespace, 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale, The Factory Floor
Assemble's contribution to the 2018 Venice Biennale, exhibited in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini.

Installations and Constructions

2018, Assemble, Laguna Viva
A public garden for the V-A-C Foundation in Venice.

2018, Assemble, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art
A new 1000 square metre art gallery for Goldsmiths, University of London.

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.