Grace Choi is an award winning Architect who set up practice in 2010 providing a friendly, down to earth professional service that delivers uplifting fresh architecture.
Grace graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 1999, winning the prestigious RIAS Sir Rowand Anderson Silver medal (portfolio prize for Scotland), the Charlie Cochrane silver medal and commendation for the RIBA President's award Silver medal.
Following this Grace worked in several renowned practices in London including Farrells and Fosters & Partners, before returning to her roots in Manchester where she joined award winning practice Arca.
She later joined OMI Architects for the next 7 years. During this time she was the Senior Project Architect, responsible for Trafalgar Street Housing (RIBA Housing Design award 2007, Cabe Building for Life gold standard 2010) and the Creswell Crags Museum (RIBA award 2011, EM Low Carbon award 2010, Museum of the Year 2010).
Grace believes that architecture should be beautiful and uplifting. At the heart of the process are the people that architecture is made for. She believes that every project is unique and works hard at crafting spaces that are thoughtful and a breath of fresh air, partnering with expert consultants to form a bespoke dedicated team appropriate to each project. With twenty years of experience in all sectors, she's good at asking the right questions, helping you develop vision and transforming depressing spaces into places of delight.
Grace Choi Architecture Ltd specialises in community buildings, houses, small galleries and museums, churches and commercial buildings. The attitude is that whatever the budget, great spaces can still be created with care and attention.
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 a Director and Trustee of The Mustard Tree charity for 7 years, a charity for the homeless and marginalised in Manchester and is still actively involved as Architectural Advisor for all building projects.
Grace moved practice to the Newcastle area in 2013 and is taking on projects predominantly throughout the North East. She is a member of ARB and the RIBA. Grace was the Regional Jury Chair for the North East for the RIBA awards 2016.
Grace Choi Architecture Ltd is registered as an RIBA Chartered Practice. Supporting the practice operationally is fellow practice director Matthew Wilson FRSA.