The Practice


ICA was founded in January 2014 by director Ian Chalk. The practice undertakes a wide range of work at a variety of scales; from private houses, to theatres, listed buildings & residential schemes.


As a practice we believe in making - from working models, to images and details we like to understand both the tectonic and figurative qualities of what we draw. This philosophy reflects itself on site through meticulous attention to detail; our methodology respecting the palimpsest of the site whilst developing a visual narrative with wit and inventiveness.


We are flat structured – we believe that design is a collaborative process and architectural discourse within the studio should be encouraged. We joined forces to collectively apply skills to a greater variety of projects in an open and collaborative way. 

The Team


Ian Chalk

Trained at Nottingham and Westminster and previously Associate Director at Orms.

Tutors at Royal College of Art and sits on Camden's Design Review Panel.

Edward Whiteley

Trained at Sheffield and previously worked for several years as a Project Architect for Orms on the St Giles Circus scheme.

​Giles Wheeldon

Trained at North London (The Cass) and the University of Liverpool. Completed his qualifications at the University of Westminster. 

Yusti Gomez Herrera

Trained at Ecole Paris-Malaquais and Kyoto Seika University, and previously worked at Wilkinson Eyre. Completed his qualifications at Ecole Paris-Malaquais. 

Laura Crowther

Trained at Leeds Trinity University and worked previously for Dannatt Johnson Architects on a number of museum and gallery projects including at the Imperial War Museum.

Andrzej Gierak 

Trained at Manchester School of Architecture and RIBA North and previously Associate at CGL Architects. working on projects including the award-winning affordable housing scheme, Victoria Wharf.

Chris Gabe

Graduate from Newcastle University. Previously worked at Wilkinson Eyre and Hawkins Brown.

Abbie Gale

Graduate from Nottingham University. Currently completing her part 1 placement year. 

Cherry Poon

Postgraduate from the University of Sheffield. Previously worked at Aedas and Millier.

Katy Scotter 

Postgraduate from the University of Greenwich. Previously worked at BDP Architects.



We are always interested in seeing the portfolios of talented applicants.
To be considered please send through your CV, cover letter and examples of your work for the attention of Ian Chalk. 
Please note, physical copies are preferred, however electronic copies may be considered. Please forward copies no larger than 5mb for the attention of