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Piano ousts Foster to become 'most admired living architect'

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Norman Foster has lost his place as the architect's favourite architect to Italian Renzo Piano.

In this year's AJ100 survey, Piano clinched the title 'most admired living architect', picking up 17 per cent of votes cast.

Piano, taking the capital by storm with his Shard of Glass and Bloomsbury groundscraper, pushed Foster into second place with 15.5 per cent of the vote.

Foster's practice also lost the title of biggest earner to the 155strong HOK International, which last year generated an impressive £32,100,000 in fee income.

BDP again tops the index as the UK's best staffed practice, with 250 architects.

The AJ's annual survey of the UK's largest 100 practices includes details of the fastest riser, most efficient practice and the PFI giants. Other results include assessments of the performance of the key institutions. On the ARB, 29 per cent of respondents said it performed very badly and 38 per cent said it was bad. The Architecture Foundation also comes in for criticism, with 24 per cent condemning it as very bad.

Corbusier's Ronchamp was named favourite building of all time. Foster's GLA building was least favourite, but won best building in 2003 for Swiss Re.

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