Glasgow-based architecture and interiors studio ICA has announced the promotion of Susannah Macneill to Director. Having steered the studio team and overseen all architectural projects and staff in her previous role, the promotion acknowledges her leadership qualities as well as her achievements across a diverse slate of complex projects.
“Susannah has been a major player in the growth of ICA over the past ten years,” says Executive Chairman Ian Burleigh. “This is the first new Director to be appointed since the studio was founded sixteen years ago and formally recognises Susannah’s leadership role.”
Founded by Burleigh, Chris Fegan and Alistair Horner in 2003, ICA works predominantly within the hospitality industry. Macneill’s promotion follows the beginning of several new projects including a luxury resort hotel in the Caribbean and two Curio hotels in London. She is currently leading the design team in the realisation of the first five-star Virgin Hotel outside the US within the India Buildings site in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.
“I passionately believe that good hotel design requires a fully collaborative approach and I’m keen to bridge the gap that sometimes exists between architecture and interior design,” Macneill explains. “One of my goals at ICA is to make sure that all of our projects benefit from the creative energies of both our interior and architectural designers. I’m looking forward to exploring new directions in hospitality design and to the challenges that this will offer; blending the strength of our expertise with new ideas and encouraging our creative team to excel and innovate.”