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The AJ readers' architecture personality of 2012

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We asked AJ readers to name the person that had the biggest impact on the profession over the last 12 months, with Olympic cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick topping the poll

1st Thomas Heatherwick ‘Our King’s Cross neighbour and Chelsea Barracks collaborator Thomas Heatherwick had an incredible year with his exhibition at the V&A and the showstopping Olympic cauldron, which has deservedly propelled him into the realms of global design superstar. On top of that, he’s just a really nice guy.’ Murray Levinson, Squire and Partners

2nd Renzo Piano ‘Any redevelopment of the Battersea site could certainly benefit from the vision and creativity of Renzo Piano, architect of the Shard. His creation dominates the London skyline and he has defied criticism to create something truly iconic.’ David Thomson of construction and property consultants Robinson Low Francis

3rd Zaha Hadid ‘The RIBA Gold medal is surely only a matter of time for Zaha Hadid. The way she drives her own agenda, which she has done for decades, is as close as I can imagine to Ayn Rand’s architectural genius, Howard Roark, in The Fountainhead.’ Dominic J Eaton, Stride Treglown

4th Stanton Williams ‘Offices can be ‘personalities’. Stanton Williams reasserted some important architectural values this year. Matthew Wells, Techniker

5th Herman Hertzberger ‘The articles surrounding Herman Hertzberger winning the RIBA Gold Medal brought back some of the many architectural truths that I learned under him at Delft University of Technology in the 1980s, and largely forgot during subsequent years in practice.’ Ron Bakker, partner, PLP Architecture

Other contenders who narrowly missed out:

  • Asif Khan + Pernilla Ohrstedt
  • Norman Foster
  • George Clark
  • Seb Coe
  • MJ Long
  • Peter Murray
  • Daisy Froud
  • Isi Metzstein
  • Angela Brady
  • Jeremy Till
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