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HOK INTERNATIONAL 3 155 22% American practice HOK has 1,649 employees worldwide, of which 541 are architects - the highest number of qualified architects globally of any AJ100 practice. The UK office is the centre of operations in Europe, supporting alliances with other practices in 10 major cities.Director Andrew Barraclough is currently working with the National Audit Office on research into the impact of PFI on design. HOK has overtaken Foster and Partners as the highest earning architectural practice in the UK with a fee income of a whopping £32,100,000 (see page 62).

Rank 2003 3 Number of architects 2003 153 FOSTER AND PARTNERS 4 153 18% This year Fosters suffered from the high-profile departure of partner Ken Shuttleworth and was bruised by criticism of its GLA Building. But it has been another bumper year for buildings.The Millennium Bridge picked up a RIBA award while the British Museum Great Court made it to the Stirling shortlist. Both Swiss Re and TAG McLaren (AJ 4.3.04) are tipped to make it on to the shortlist this year. Current projects include the controversial Spitalfields development for the Hammerson Corporation and a competition-winning project for Pelham Square, a new mixed use development and public space on Hastings seafront (pictured).

Rank 2003 4 Number of architects 2003 144 AEDAS AHR ARCHITECTS 5 145 19% The practice has just launched Aedasstudio, a design studio to be run by Richard Hyams, the former Foster and Partners director who joined Aedas AHR as design director last year.

'With 12 years'experience at Fosters, Richard brings an approach which is very much process driven, ' says director Peter Oborn. 'We hope to draw on this experience to uplift the quality of design throughout the practice.' Current projects include Leftbank apartments, a 391-unit development in Manchester (pictured).

Rank 2003 5 Number of architects 2003 130

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