Clients on top
Anybody worried about the relative importance of clients and architects in the public eye will not be reassured by the listing of London’s 100 top movers and shakers in Time Out magazine. Norman Foster sneaks in at number 97 and the magazine snidely remarks ‘…expect a resurgence in 2007 when his Silken hotel in Aldwych opens. And just maybe Wembley, too.’ Zaha Hadid, described as ‘visionary builder’, is at 87. But both are eclipsed by Serpentine supremo and patron of foreign architects Julia Peyton-Jones at 52 and by Argent’s Roger Madelin, the developer regenerating King’s Cross. He sits in fifth position, only outflanked by David Cameron, Ken Livingstone, Paul Deighton, chief executive of the Olympic Games London Organising Committee, and ‘controversial cop’ Cressida Dick. Illustrious company indeed.