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Gensler cuts more as market shifts

American giant Gensler has shed another five jobs from its London office, blaming an 'essential' restructuring process.

The move follows a decision last year to lay off five architects because of a 'downturn in the global economy' following the 11 September attacks on the World Tr a d e C e n t e r (AJ 28.2.02).

The practice dropped from joint 12th in the 2002 AJ100 to 56th this year, a slide resulting from a fall in the number of architects employed by the firm from 57 down to 37.

But Gensler managing director Christopher Jonson insists that the latest round of redundancies is down to a positive attempt to respond to 'new challenges'.

'Gensler is finding an increasing number of opportunities in sectors such as retail, legal, broadcasting and media, ' he said.

'This, combined with a shift in the marketplace towards smaller, fast-track projects, has prompted the firm to reassess its skill set and adapt accordingly.

'The London office is driven by our desire to carry on responding to the evolving needs of our clients and the changes in the marketplace in the same forward-thinking, committed way that characterises Gensler worldwide, ' Jonson added.

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