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Full AJ100 data

Make Architects


At the time of the AJ100 survey, Make had lost five architects compared with last year, but founder Ken Shuttleworth anticipates growth, both in the UK and overseas, as confirmed projects in the pipeline will require an enlarged workforce.

The practice is now firmly bedded into its new studio in Cleveland Street. The employee benefit trust which Make pioneered is increasingly being followed by other practices, although, without the clean slate that Make enjoyed at its founding, results are not always as radical. Nor do all such practices employ the flat structure, dispensing with almost all titles.

While Make’s ethos is in many ways the polar opposite of that at Fosters, whence it sprang, it has kept the idea of a single central-London office, with projects around the UK and the globe serviced largely from the central hub. There are just two satellite offices, in Hong Kong and Sydney.

Make is researching 3D visualisation, planning to use it both in presentations and directly in design. Director Katy Ghahremani said: ‘The possibilities of refining spaces you can see and experience before they’re built are hugely exciting.’

Most prominent among completed projects is the massive St James’s Market, a £400 million scheme comprising two buildings, aimed at regenerating the Regent’s Street and St James’s areas of central London for the Crown Estate. Other recent work includes a new escalator hall and entrance for Harrod’s and a new office building behind a retained façade on London’s Leicester Square. It is interesting that this practice, known for visually bold solutions, is at present finding that much of its workload involves working within existing buildings.


UK architects 2017 74 hide graph
53 2008
44 2009
43 2010
40 2011
46 2012
53 2013
54 2014
67 2015
79 2016
74 2017
Overseas architects 2017 11 show graph
0 2008
2 2009
6 2010
5 2011
5 2012
4 2013
4 2014
5 2015
3 2016
11 2017
Percentage of female architects 2017 28% show graph
Percentage of BAME architects 2017 20% show graph


Architecture fees for UK projects 2017 £15.4m
Architecture fees for overseas projects 2017 £3.0m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of UK offices 2017 £18.4m
Architecture fees for overseas projects delivered out of overseas offices 2017 £1.6m
Total fees income 2017 £20.0m
Total income 2017 * £20.0m
 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£158,509


2017 awards 4 show graph


2017 ranking 24 show graph

Make Architects on LinkedIn

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