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Tuesday22 August 2017

WA100 2015: Most admired

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See which architects the profession most admires

The world’s biggest architecture practices are unflagging in their devotion - at least when it comes to their rivals. When asked which of their fellow architects they most admired, for a ninth year in a row Foster & Partners won the vote.

It has been a tough year for the practice after posting a pre-tax loss of £142m but the UK’s highest ranked representative in the WA100 still won some impressive projects, notably the commission to design a new airport for Mexico City, which will be one of the world’s biggest once completed.

The practice was delighted with the accolade from its fellow architects. Norman Foster said: “To be voted most admired practice by our peers from around the world is a great honour. It is a huge tribute to our talented and hard-working team with their myriad skills and disciplines, both in our many studios around the world and our base in London, all working towards the common goal of bringing innovative design solutions to create a better built environment.”

WA100 respondents ranked Herzog & de Meuron in second place for the second year in a row, with 10% of the votes. Architects clearly have a better view of HdM than Paris planners, who have turned down the Swiss practice’s plans for a tower in the city.

The practices Gensler and Renzo Piano occupy joint third place, securing 8% each.

Rank
2015
PracticeVotes
1Foster & Partners17%
2Herzog & de Meuron10%
3=Gensler8%
3=Renzo Piano Workshop8%
5Bjarke Ingels Group5%
6=HOK3%
6=Kohn Pedersen Fox3%
6=O’Donnell + Tuomey3%
6=Rafael Viñoly Architects3%
6=SHOP Architects3%
6=Snøhetta3%

 

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  • Who was polled, sweat shop part 1's trying to get in with their big practice on their year out? There is not a lot to admire about the mega-practices that make up at least half the top 10.

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