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Darling Associates: AJ100 Practice of the Year

Founded just six years ago with a staff of two, Darling Associates not only entered the AJ100 ranks for the first time this year, it also scooped the Practice of the Year award

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Now boasting 28 architect employees, the practice built its reputation on high-end residential developments, including the interiors for Candy and Candy’s One Hyde Park and Phoenix Associates’ luxury flats in Balham, London. Last year, Darling Associates expanded abroad, opening offices in Poland and Abu Dhabi. With benefits such as reward bonuses for introducing new clients and subsidised winter ski trips, the practice has a low employee turnover. Darling Associates is also committed to promoting gender equality in architecture, and at 50 per cent female staff, the firm is the AJ100’s most equal employer


Practice of the Year is awarded based on key business data from the AJ100 survey, such as profitability, growth in UK architecture fees and employee turnover


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