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BDP biggest, but Foster most admired in AJ100

Le Corbusier's Ronchamp Chapel is the greatest building of all time, Foster and Partners' Greater London Authority headquarters the worst, but Foster is the most admired living architect, according to the AJ 100 survey of the country's biggest firms, published this week.

The annual survey shows BDP again to be the largest practice in Britain, with 270 qualified architects. Le Corbusier's famous 1954 retreat near Belfort in France is cited favourite building by the practices polled, getting 14 per cent of the votes. Surprisingly, the building it pips into second position is Foster's Swiss Re tower in the City of London, still incomplete.

But the same practice's headquarters for the GLA is way out in front in the poll of 'least favourite building', with 36 per cent of the vote.

Despite this setback, Foster is still easily the AJ100's most admired living architect, ahead of Renzo Piano, Edward Cullinan and Frank Gehry (see profile, page 26). And Foster's practice tops the fee earnings table, having made £29.28m in architectural fees in 2002.

The survey, starting on page 37, also includes regional tables, details on the biggest fee earning practices, lists of the biggest firms in PFI, a poll on the best building of last year, and a look at new work opportunities by sector and region.

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