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This year the practice has leapt eight places up the ranking, with the addition of 28 architects, putting it firmly on the shortlist for fastest-growing practice. It is almost entirely UK-based. Fees have also grown, reaching £22.8 million, compared with £17.1 million last year. More than half of the work comes from existing clients.

The practice has a research partnership with the University College London engineering doctorate programme, looking at life-cycle analysis of buildings. The aim of the four- year programme is to develop a toolkit to enable designers to take informed design decisions at an early stage and communicate the reasoning behind these decisions back to clients and planners visually.

Probably still best known for its Park Hill makeover in Sheffield, last year the practice tackled another milestone in British housing, recreating the first phase of an indifferent Peabody Estate on the railway lands of Wandsworth, south London, to create what the AJ described as ‘a new type of London vernacular reminiscent of Victorian and Edwardian streets’.

In September the practice won the competition to design the £60 million student centre and central square for the University of Lancaster in Preston. But its highest-profile educational building was the refurbishment and remodelling for University College London of 22 Gordon Street, home to The Bartlett School of Architecture (pictured). The practice pushed the original brief, which simply asked for a modest two-storey extension, to end up with a doubling of teaching and research space within the existing structure.


UK architects 2017 116 hide graph
42 2008
41 2009
43 2010
46 2011
45 2012
45 2013
57 2014
72 2015
88 2016
116 2017
Overseas architects 2017 0 show graph
6 2008
0 2009
0 2010
0 2011
0 2012
0 2013
0 2014
0 2015
0 2016
0 2017
Percentage of female architects 2017 38% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects 2017 17% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects 2017 £22.8m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2017 £0.2m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2017 £23.0m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2017 <£0.1m
Total fees income 2017 £23.0m
Total income 2017 * £23.0m
 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£105,505


2017 awards 8 show graph


2017 ranking 12 show graph
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