Charles Saumarez Smith

  • Withy House, Globe Road, Stepney

    Why I welcome the rise of east London


    Gentrification is not all bad, argues Charles Saumarez Smith, a long-standing resident of the East End

  • Features

    Why do we create grand spaces


    I am, not surprisingly, interested in the design of public buildings, sitting as I do in an office in the National Gallery overlooking the new public space of Trafalgar Square now transformed from a torrent of double-decker buses into an open, more continental plaza.

  • The Hoffmann House, Hampstead, a small-scale back extension constructed nearly entirely of sheets of overlapping glass.

    Calm, understated and user friendly


    A new book confirms Charles Saumarez Smith's view that Rick Mather's architecture is sophisticated and smooth