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Frank Lloyd Wright 'greatest influence' on UK profession

Frank Lloyd Wright has influenced more members of the profession than any other architect. In a survey of UK practices, Wright received more than twice the votes of runners-up Sir Michael Hopkins and Lord Foster.

Following on their heels were Richard Meier, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Other eminent practitioners named include Alvar Aalto, Mies van der Rohe, Edward Cullinan, Edwin Lutyens, Lord Rogers and Charles Eames.

However, nearly 30 per cent of architects claimed not to be influenced by any others.

The most inspiring project of the past 10 years - and on which most architects would like to have worked - was Marks Barfield's London Eye. The project was well ahead of Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Foster and Partners' Great Court at the British Museum in London.

The most hated structures identified in the survey were post-war housing, council housing blocks and speculative developer homes, followed by the Millennium Dome, Colin St John Wilson's British Library and Foster and Partners'Millennium Bridge. Specialist construction recruitment consultant Eden Brown conducted the survey.

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