West Architecture was founded in 2006 by Graham West and he was joined by Hana Ichikawa as an associate in 2015.
The studio believes in logical, rational design that uncovers beauty through elegant problem solving, striking a balance between artistry and technical ability. The end result of each project is actually the distillation of many design solutions that form the most plausible and pertinent outcome.
We have deep experience in adapting and repurposing historic structures, with a strong belief that the character of a building can be retained without the need to compromise on efficient and beautiful spaces. We embrace the constraints that others might avoid and make them an equal partner in the design process. We use beautiful materials which respect the surrounding context and their viability to fulfil a fundamental purpose. Our completed work reflects our conviction that existing buildings can be preserved, re-used and repurposed for modern needs, with a light touch going a long way.
Our design ethos is influenced by global architecture with contributions over the years from a team of many nationalities and a client base from all over the world. We are passionate about delivering design which transcends borders, producing buildings which are international in outlook whilst being grounded in their context. Our design approach, our clients’ backgrounds and existing building fabric are celebrated and combined to create our own unique brand of architecture.
Graham West studied architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University and London Metropolitan University. Prior to studying architecture Graham worked as a structural draughtsman at Ove Arup.
After qualifying and working for The Manser Practice and Patel Taylor as a project architect Graham established West Architecture in 2006.
At West Architecture, he oversees the design and delivery of all projects and is responsible for the creative and business direction of the office.
Hana Ichikawa was born in Japan and studied interior design at London Metropolitan University. Her work is heavily influenced by the cultures of both her place of birth and her adopted home.
She has worked for a number of London architectural practices including Studio Mackereth and Studio Ilse delivering projects in the UK and overseas.
She leads the office on Interior design and FF&E procurement.