London architect William Smalley is one of those people who seem destined for their career – and to do great things with it. Developing an interest in design at an early age, he never strayed from the idea of one day becoming an architect. Always hoping to go out on his own, he took ‘the leap of faith’ nearly 20 years ago – knowing it was not too early or late in the piece to establish his studio.
If you’ve already come across the work of William and his team, you’ve no doubt recognised how they make their mark with an understanding of traditional, heritage buildings and the know-how to reconfigure them. Their signature style is minimal, that varies in degree of understated-luxury and old-timely elegance from each public or private project. With a portfolio described as ‘monastic’, William Smalley’s expertise has taken him to other parts of the world to work his magic, but he says a deep connection to London where he’s based in a small office in Bloomsbury will always remain.