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The year 2015 was one of growth for the design-led practice. But, while its reputation has not suffered, it has since shrunk in size, losing 10 architects in the UK and dipping from eighth place in the table. However, the practice expects to grow again as the result of projects in the pipeline. In 2016, Grimshaw completed £8 million-worth of work, but won £35 million-worth.

Unusually, the practice has four UK offices, all in greater London – two centrally in Farringdon and London Bridge, one in Canary Wharf and one in Croydon. The largest overseas offices are in New York and Melbourne, each with 34 architects. Twenty architects are based in Sydney.

Projects completed last year include the refurbishment of a student union building at Duke University in North Carolina, a new laboratory for Dulwich College in London, and an arts and innovation centre at the University of Bangor. Grimshaw also completed the reordering of London Bridge Station while keeping it open.

The Fulton Center in New York, a previous AJ100 Building of the Year winner, won an RIBA International Award for Excellence last year for pulling together a number of transport links at different levels into a single, well-ordered hub. The judges were particularly impressed by the ‘Sky Reflector-Net’ in the central atrium, which reflects sunlight from outside and casts it downward at a precisely calculated angle that changes with the time of day.

Last year deputy chairman Andrew Whalley claimed the practice did not prioritise growth, saying: ‘We just try to win good projects and the rest takes care of itself.’ With the current order book, those good projects should return the practice to the top 10 soon.


UK architects 2017 116 hide graph
49 2008
52 2009
54 2010
97 2015
126 2016
116 2017
Overseas architects 2017 92 show graph
22 2008
59 2009
62 2010
62 2015
135 2016
92 2017
Percentage of female architects 2017 39% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects 2017 9% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects 2017 £12.4m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2017 £2.0m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2017 £14.4m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2017 £29.5m
Total fees income 2017 £43.9m
Total income 2017 * £59.1m
 UK architectural income
 Overseas architectural income
* Includes architectural fees plus fees earned by engineers, surveyors, planners, etc

Fees per architect

Fees per UK architect 2017£106,674


2017 awards 9 show graph


2017 ranking 12 show graph
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