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Populous named AJ100 International practice of the year 2014

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[AJ100 AWARDS] Stadium specialists Populous has picked up the AJ100 award for International practice of the year

Assessed on key aj100 survey data such as the year-on-year increase in the number of architects employed overseas and the firm’s design quality, as judged by an expert panel.

Two types of business competed for consideration in this category. On the one hand were the already highly internationalised businesses of HOK and Populous and, on the other, UK-based businesses including Purcell, ADP and Chetwood Architects, which are expanding abroad, often from a much smaller base.

Populous, however, had the distinction of completing two world-class facilities in the course of a single year. The first was the Olympic Stadium for Sochi 2014 and the second the Arena das Dunas in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. These were the highlights among a series of other sporting and leisure projects completed or secured across the world. The practice also experienced strong growth in income to overseas offices as well as in income to UK offices from overseas - up £1.4 million (58 per cent) on last year.

Shortlist

  • ADP
  • Chetwood Architects
  • HOK
  • Pascall+Watson
  • PM Devereux
  • Populous
  • PRP
  • Purcell

Judges

  • Ben Adams, founder, Ben Adams Architects
  • Angela Brady, director, Brady Mallalieu Architects
  • Paul Finch, AJ editorial director
  • Nick Johnson, partner, Osborne Clarke
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