Architectural studio, InkDrawn has appointed a new senior architectural technologist following a series of project wins.
Nicola West, a Chartered Member of CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologist), has joined the Leicester-based studio to implement technical delivery of the firm’s residential and commercial developments. With over 30 years’ experience, Nicola is passionate about training young people and has sat on both the CIAT’s Education Committee and Executive Board, where she was the first female to be elected.
“I was fortunate that part of my role on the CIAT Education Committee was to undertake accreditation and validation visits to universities, so I got to interact first-hand with aspiring architecture students,” said Nicola. “I believe that mentoring and learning are essential tools for success so I’m keen to not only help my new colleagues at InkDrawn, but also continue my own training. I’m actually just completing my On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor (OCDEA) course which will enable me to become an accredited SAP assessor for new homes.”
Celebrating its tenth year in business this year, InkDrawn has recorded several significant project wins in recent months, including The Triangle, a £35m riverside residential development in Ashford, Kent and The UrbanFox Quarter, a £40m residential development in Leicester, both of which Nicola is now working on.
“We’re pleased to have secured some high-profile schemes this year as we continue to evolve and grow as a company,” explains InkDrawn’s director, Dan Nestoruk. “As well as working on schemes across the East Midlands, we’re also focusing on exciting projects further afield in Cheshire, the North East and South London. Taking all this into consideration, we accelerated our recruitment drive, and Nicola proved to be the ideal candidate. Methodical, thoughtful and insightful, she is already proving to be a real asset to the company,” concluded Dan.
Outside of work, Nicola works closely with her local community, including making patchwork quilts for the Project Linus UK charity and volunteering with Serve as a befriender to the frail and elderly across North Northamptonshire.