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SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL 25 56 16% SOM triumphed in the high-profile competition for NATO's headquarters in Brussels and is shortlisted for the competition for Carlisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire. Other projects include the 2.74ha London Arena redevelopment at Crossharbour for Ballymore, which includes a residential tower that has been cut from 51 to 42 storeys in response to public consultation.

Rank 2003 =18 Number of architects 2003 63

FEILDEN CLEGG BRADLEY ARCHITECTS =26 55 36% Rapid riser Feilden Clegg Bradley is on a roll. Last year the practice won a Queen's Award for Enterprise for its work in sustainable development, was one of the practices chosen as design exemplars for school buildings under the government's Schools for the Future initiative, and picked up no less than four RIBA awards. Recently completed projects include a £7.5 million hybrid prefabricated housing scheme for Peabody in south-west London (AJ 16.10.03), and the £11.2 million Cold War Aviation Museum in Shropshire.

Rank 2003 =44 Number of architects 2003 43

HAMILTON ASSOCIATES =26 55 11% Plans to increase numbers by 30 per cent by recruiting 17 additional architects in the coming year. The practice won the architectural design category of last year's Copper in Architecture Awards for its five-storey Brewery Square residential development in London's Clerkenwell, and won an invited competition to design the first phase of Will Alsop's masterplan for Barnsley last autumn.

Rank 2003 =21 Number of architects 2003 60

LEWIS & HICKEY =26 55 11% On the back of the Czech Republic joining the EU, Lewis & Hickey has purchased its own office in Prague, where it has been running a studio since 1996 to service projects in Poland and Eastern Europe. UK projects include a major urban regeneration scheme in the Waterloo East area, social housing for Blue Room across the UK, and four lifestores for Marks and Spencer.

Rank 2003 31 Number of architects 2003 52

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