Where design meets development.



Brave ChickeN



Commercial and residential real estate developments need the right mix of amenities to attract a high-end clientele and create a unique experience. At the same time, designers generate incredible ideas, but they need help closing new business.

Brave Chicken stands at the intersection of design and development. Building on strong relationships with developers, designers and hospitality and retail brands, Brave Chicken curates the right tenant mix, connects designers with potential clients, and eases the process of building unique, financially viable projects.



Leah Blackman



Leah ran design and innovation studio ICRAVE for the better part of a decade.  As the Managing Director, she was instrumental in the growth of the company from a small start-up design shop to a 40-person, award-winning innovation studio. She led the charge in building client and industry relationships, nurturing established ones, and shaping ICRAVE’s overall business development and communications strategy. Over the years, she expanded the studio’s hospitality portfolio into new sectors including aviation, healthcare, higher education and real estate development, and secured new contracts with Memorial Sloan Kettering, Walt Disney Imagineering, and travel hospitality group Delaware North. 

With over 13 years of experience in design, construction, and hospitality and a passion for dining out, artisanal food products, and design and retail trends, Leah lives and breathes development and knows the difference between a great idea and a successful project. 

A California native, Leah studied Anthropology at UC Berkeley and moved to New York upon graduation to pursue a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Prior to joining ICRAVE, Leah managed design and construction at Sushi Samba, a global innovative restaurant group. She prides herself on a high level of professionalism, extreme attention to detail, and a knack for managing creatives. 







Research and Precedent Studies

From identifying emerging brands to knowing which established brands are looking for new opportunities, research is an essential part of the process. It’s important to understand the market you’re in, what has worked, and what hasn’t.

F&B Strategy

Who is living, working or staying in your property and what are they looking for? With research in hand, we will develop the right strategy to assemble a mix of amenities.

Tenant Sourcing

Developers need anchor tenants and up-and- coming retailers to bring the right level of cache to their properties. We assemble a retail and F&B mix to set the tone for your development.

RFP Development

A complex project requires the right design team. We put together the request for proposal that will set the project in motion.

Design Oversight 

It’s about knowing what questions to ask and how to bring great design ideas from concept to reality. We understand the process of design both from the client and the agency perspective.

Business Development

It’s all about building a pipeline and staying top of mind – tirelessly. We devise a strategy and execute on it.