Giles is an Associate and Project Architect at Ian Chalk Architects. Since he joined in 2014, he has worked on a number of projects across the ‘heritage’ and ‘arts and culture’ sectors with a particular focus on adaptive re-use of buildings and cross laminated timber. He was the Project Architect on Raine House Community Centre; the careful repair and refurbishment of a 1719 former charity school in East London, and more recently Chart Street Studios; the adaptive re-use of a 1930’s furniture warehouse in Hackney, winner of an RIBA London Awards, the NLA Retrofit Award and overall winner of the 2022 AJ Retrofit of the Year Awards. He is currently leading the refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge.
Giles studied as the University of Liverpool and later at the Cass / London Metropolitan University and has as kept an active role in education since. He has taught at the University of Liverpool since 2018 with Studio Pen & Inc a unit focusing on the creation of livable citeies and more recently the regeneration of the post covid high streets.