About us

NCA Architects create high quality contemporary buildings which exceed expectations within any budget.


Understanding our clients’ vision and objectives is at the core of our practice with each project an original interpretation of the client, site, brief and budget.


Our work achieves elegance with sturdiness. We design with a firm grounding in construction and the craft of building and use a wide range of materials enjoying the inventive combination of traditional and new construction techniques. We endeavour to use natural and benign materials to make buildings that wear well with minimum waste, energy use and pollution. We put a strong emphasis on the clever use of building materials, the quality of light and the relationship between the building and its surroundings.

NCA Architects have a reputation for the quality of our buildings and we enjoy having a broad range of projects in bespoke private houses, listed buildings, luxury apartment development, conversion of leisure buildings and public realm projects. We have particular expertise in lightweight construction and timber buildings from small kiosks to a theatre and museum. We are equally adept with rural and urban projects, newbuild and conversion. We have both private and commercial clients and work with several registered charities. 


Several of our residential projects have won awards and commendations, including Best Contemporary Residence in the D and D Awards. They have been published in the British national and local press, architectural journals and interiors magazines.

Our studio is in Brighton’s North Laine. From here we manage numerous projects in London, and within every county of the South of England from Kent to Somerset.

"From lauded country homes in Somerset to skateparks in Hastings, the projects put out by this practice are defined by beautiful materials and sharp detailing."

The Modern House Directory

Meet the team

Rebecca Birch
Architect ARB 2014

Graduated with a first class honours in Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 followed by her Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture in 2009.  Rebecca completed her Diploma in Practice Management and Law at Brighton University in 2014.

Rebecca gained experience working for a number of architectural practices including Lewis and Hickey Architects, B3 Architects and WAS Architects on a wide range of commercial and private residential projects.

Rebecca is particularly interested in sustainable design and welcomes the opportunity to maximise the net zero potential of a project to reduce operational and embodied carbon.   

Rebecca joined NCA in 2009.

Neil Choudhury
Architect RIBA 1988

Graduated in Architecture from Liverpool University in 1986. Neil gained extensive formative experience with several London architectural practices including Avanti Architects and van Heyningen and Haward where he was Project Architect for a number of Cambridge Colleges and a library for King Alfred School.


Secretary Hastings Urban Design Group 2003–2005. Member of the South East Regional Design Panel 2004–2010. Member of South East Design Forum, RIBA and Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce.

Principal of NCA since 1996.


Samuel Launders

Graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2019 with a Masters in Applied Design in Architecture.  Prior to joining NCA, Samuel worked with Cowan Architects on private residential and commercial projects.  Projects included the conversion and sensitive extension of a number of listed properties most notably a Grade II* listed orangery in West Sussex. He has also worked freelance on a wide spectrum of building types.


Samuel welcomes the opportunity to integrate his passion for carpentry in the design of bespoke joinery pieces, particularly to maximise the potential of smaller spaces.