Uncommon architecture for the common good

Grace Choi Architecture Ltd is an RIBA Chartered Practice based in North Tyneside. 

We believe that everyone should enjoy great architecture.

We question, we listen, we push design boundaries and we create buildings that people love.

As a design-oriented small practice we work across all sectors, with emphasis on community projects, bespoke homes and public buildings. Our attitude is: whatever the constraints, great spaces can be created with care and imagination.

We partner with leading experts in social impact, engineering, surveying and cost consultancy, creating teams with the skills most relevant to the needs of each project.

The practice was founded in London in 2010 by Grace Choi, an award-winning Architect with over two decades of experience working for leading firms. Relocation to the North East took place in 2013. GCA is known for going the extra mile in completing projects that go on to have significant social impact within their community.


Grace Choi B.Arch (Hons), Dip.Arch, M.Arch, RIBA

Founding Director & Architect

Grace graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 1999, winning the prestigious RIAS Sir Rowand Anderson Silver medal (portfolio prize for Scotland) and the Charlie Cochrane silver medal. Following this Grace worked for several renowned practices in London including Farrells and Fosters & Partners, before working in Manchester for 10 years. During this time she joined pioneering practice Arca before becoming Senior Project Architect at OMI Architects. Throughout her career, Grace's built work has been highly acclaimed, winning national awards for social housing, galleries and museum design.

Grace has taught at the Manchester School of Architecture, as part of the Continuity in Architecture atelier. She also teaches at Northumbria University. She was Director and Trustee of the Mustard Tree charity for 7 years, a charity for the homeless and marginalized in Manchester. She was the Regional Jury Chair for the RIBA North East awards 2016 and is currently part of the RIBAJ editorial panel. Grace also sits on the RIBA NE Council as the elected Equality, Diversity and Inclusion champion.

“At the heart of the process are the people that architecture is made for. Every project is unique and deserves to be a distinctive and uplifting place.”

Matthew Wilson, BA (hons), MA, MSc, FRSA

Commercial Director

Matt is an incurable believer in the power of human potential, convinced that by working collaboratively we can create a better world. He spent his early career in Marketing before transitioning into the charity sector where for many years he was involved in tackling some of Britain’s most significant social challenges in senior executive roles including CEO.

Matt’s role in the business involves helping our charitable clients to consider and formulate plans in relation to the opportunities and risks involved in the development of their sites. He brings knowledge of the fundraising and investment landscape and is able to assist with the development of sound business plans that account for the financial, social impact and political realities involved in property development.

“Every building stands as evidence of the power of collaboration. Really great buildings offer environments within which that legacy of collaboration can be recreated over and over again.”

Rob Johnson, BA(hons), BArch(hons) ARB


Rob graduated from Newcastle University in 2006, going on to work for award-winning North-East practice FaulknerBrowns, where his delivery of complex mixed-use schemes nurtured his interest in the intersection between social, cultural and commercial activities in modern, urban, conservation contexts. He has particular interest in international development which took him to Ecuador, Brazil and East Africa, recently spending three years in South Sudan designing and delivering facilities for NGOs and the United Nations World Food Programme.

Rob acts as a trustee of design charity Engineering Ministries International UK. He also teaches architecture at the University of Newcastle.

“How can good architecture benefit everyone?” Rob seeks the answers through a continuing range of roles and projects in the UK and overseas. He brings valuable experience into the diverse range of projects in the practice.