Don't you love a list? The media is full of them and it is always instructive to see whether architects feature. Few make it into the 'Hot 100'movers and shakers in the world of property, devised by Property Week. Although the very first name is David Adjaye, only Lord Rogers and Ken Shuttleworth (named as the force behind Foster & Partners, probably to his embarrassment) make it into a list dominated by property figures.
Shuttleworth, by the way, is credited with having the 'quickest pen in British design'.There could have been other names: Graham Stirk from Richard Rogers Partnership, for instance, who is leading the charge on several of the firm's major office and mixeduse schemes; Geoff Mann from RHWL always has several major projects on the go; Nigel Woolner at Chapman Taylor has devised more shopping centres than the rest of us have had hot dinners;
Sir Terry Farrell and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw are both huge figures on the scene, as is Michael Hopkins.Then there are the corporates, such as BDP and RMJM, where Richard Saxon and Mark Way are highly influential, and Hamilton Associates with recent acquisition Robin Partington. Nor can you ignore Broadway Malyan on the property scene, not to mention the host of US firms that are playing a significant role. Come to think of it, have a look at the AJ 100 list, coming soon. One unexpected name on the Property Week list is my old friend Paul Finch, named in his capacity as chair of Cabe's design review committee. He enjoyed his description as 'educated and hardas-nails', but says the idea that his committee 'humiliates' applicants with poor schemes is untrue. 'We are there to help, ' he intones.