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JESTICO + WHILES =82 29 17% Jestico + Whiles has majored on education during the past six months, with projects such as the Central School of Speech and Drama in Swiss Cottage; a hall of residence for the University of Southampton; and city academies in Lewisham and Greenwich.

It is also working on the Royal Quay development in London's Docklands, a new 440-dwelling residential quarter (pictured); and has won planning approval for a 200-home Community Housing Association project in Hackney. Its rapidly expanding Prague office is thriving on the booming market in Slovakia.

Rank 2003 =79 Number of architects 2003 28

LYONS + SLEEMAN + HOARE =82 29 21% 'The last year has seen a shift from firetail furbsfl to mixed-use regeneration schemes, ' says partner Andrew Aldridge. 'While these projects have often included an element of dense housing, our work in this area has led to other schemes, some of which are pure housing projects and which span across the whole spectrum of sizes.'

Rank 2003 =79 Number of architects 2003 28

FEILDEN + MAWSON =84 28 14% 'This is the third year in a row we've been flat out since January - these are very exciting times, ' says managing partner Paul Rynsard. 'Public social and private housing are our biggest areas but we've been involved in projects all over the world, including biotech in China and a hospital in Malaysia.' But not enough work from competitions; Rynsard says he is sick of 'celebrity'architects getting preferential treatment just because they are fashionable.

Rank 2003 =87 Number of architects 2003 25

ORMS DESIGNERS & ARCHITECTS =84 28 26% New projects include work for Transport for London and the redevelopment of Islington offices into housing. ORMS has just completed the London HQ for Brakes Brothers in Covent Garden and new offices for Hill + Knowlton in Soho Square. Work continues on the commercial centre, infrastructure and hotel at 'The Beach', a 511-apartment scheme at Carlyon Bay, Cornwall.

ORMS' first Skyscraper, a 27-storey tower in London's Spitalfields, is currently in for planning.

Rank 2003 =87 Number of architects 2003 25

PURCELL MILLER TRITTON =84 28 18% Conservation specialist Purcell Miller Tritton has just completed the £4 million restoration of the Grade I-listed Danson House in Bexley (pictured) and is currently working on an RNLI museum in Cromer, north Norfolk.

Rank 2003 =93 Number of architects 2003 24

TAYLOR YOUNG =84 28 11% Cheshire-based Taylor Young plans to recruit four more architects in the coming year.Regeneration, urban design/masterplanning and public-sector work are the biggest areas of growth. The practice is also involved in healthcare, particularly LIFT projects.

Rank 2003 =93 Number of architects 2003 24

WILKINSON EYRE ARCHITECTS =84 28 18% Down one place on last year but with one more architect and predicting 30 per cent growth in 2004. The practice has seen an increased emphasis on education buildings in the past year, with work for City and Islington College, Anglia Polytechnic University and the DfES Building Schools for the Future initiative. Among its current workload is an extension to the Jodrell Laboratory at Kew Gardens and a new botanic gardens for Newcastle University (pictured).

Rank 2003 =83 Number of architects 2003 27

LEVITT BERNSTEIN ASSOCIATES 89 27 22% Mixed-use developments and high-density housing have been huge areas of growth.The practice has submitted plans for 605 new homes plus communal and commercial facilities as part of a major redevelopment of the 20ha Bermondsey Spa area east of London'sTower Bridge.

Rank 2003 =78 Number of architects 2003 29

ACANTHUS LAWRENCE & WRIGHTSON =90 25 20% Part of Acanthus Architects, a national network of independent practices established in 1986 with the aim of sharing experience and skills while retaining the local knowledge and regional character of individual practices.

Based in Chiswick, Acanthus Lawrence & Wrightson is currently involved in a major programme of improvements on London Underground's Piccadilly Line, including a new station; residential projects in Brentford and Croydon; a retirement home for actors at Denville Hall; and a new day hospice in Kent.

Rank 2003 =85 Number of architects 2003 26

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