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Nine Times Lucky: Foster & Partners ‘Most Admired Architect’ Once Again

For the ninth year in a row, Foster & Partners has attained the title of ‘most admired architect’ by some of the largest architectural firms all over the world.

The honour was bestowed on the London-based firm after the UK publication Building Design tabulated the results from its annual World Architecture 100 survey.

The votes from respondents also named American integrated services group Aecom as the top firm of 2015 (categorised by size).

Global design and consulting company Woods Bagot, which placed seventh, was the highest Australian contender on the list.

Despite a pre-tax loss of £142 million last year, Foster & Partners was the highest-ranking UK company, winning 17 percent of the vote.

The World Architecture report attributed the firm’s success and popularity to its recent acquisition of a number of prestigious projects, which include an overhaul of the Imperial War Museum in London and the design of a new Mexico City airport.

Upon completion, the airport will be one of the world’s biggest.

Headed by Norman Foster, Foster & Partners was founded in 1967 and has completed high-profile projects all over the world.

In 2014 it collaborated with Skanska to present the first ever 3D concrete printing robot.

It completed the Deutsche Bank Place in Sydney, Australia, in 2005, as well as the Regent Place apartments (also in Sydney), which consist of the 33-storey Frasers Suites and the even taller residential block Lumiere.

Other Foster & Partners milestones include the Trafalgar Square redevelopment in London; Millau viaduct in France, which is the highest road bridge in the world; the Supreme Court building in Singapore, and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi.

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Norman Foster said that to be voted ‘most admired practice’ is a great honour, especially since the distinction is awarded by the company’s peers in the industry.

He called it a huge tribute to the hard-working and talented teams at Foster & Partners, both at the firm’s London base and its many studios all over the world.

Foster & Partners ranked seven percent ahead of the ‘most admired’ category’s runner-up, Swiss company Herzog & de Meuron, which won ten percent of the vote.

Third place went to Italian architect Renzo Piano and Gensler, an international firm. BIG, a company headed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, placed fifth while the sixth position was divided between Irish firm O'Donnell + Tuomey, SHOP Architects in New York, global firms HOK and KPF, and Snøhetta, which is based out of Oslo and New York.

Every year Building Design, which is a major source of news, comment, and opinion for architects, conducts a survey of the world’s most prominent architecture practices to produce a report that is one of the industry’s most respected publications.

BD’s critical writing and unique tabloid format have made it one of the country’s foremost business titles.

It has received numerous industry awards, including Weekly Magazine of the Year in 2008.


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