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Capita figurehead Rob Firth returns to Austin-Smith:Lord

Rob Firth has left Capita Architecture to return to Austin-Smith:Lord, the practice he left to join the architectural giants five years ago

The former head of Architecture at Capita Architecture is credited with leading the practice – ranked fifth in last year’s AJ100 league table of the country’s largest firms – through five years of sustained growth and an average increase in annual fee income of 15 per cent.

He rejoins a blossoming Austin-Smith:Lord as an executive partner alongside Neil Musgrove, Iain Wylie and Neil Chapman. Last week, the practice, which celebrates its 60th birthday this year, was named among five finalists in the Fastest Growing Practice of the Year category in the AJ100 awards.

Firth said: ‘Integrity, substance, gravitas, humour, fun, fair play, humanity, honesty, not to mention style, these are some the qualities that have lured me back to the practice I joined originally in 1987.

‘I’ve left Capita Architecture in a strong position, with some great staff, significant long term projects and a wide base of sectors to work in. I learnt a lot in five years in such a fast-paced environment.’

He added: ‘My immediate remit is to ensure the relevant business communities and individuals across the UK and overseas understand Austin-Smith:Lord as the practice of choice that it is.

‘Beyond that, I will be working with my co-partners to capitalise on the next chapter in the Austin-Smith:Lord story – at the forefront of architectural design and innovation in the construction industry.’

Firth was snapped up by Capita back in 2005 after having set up an office for Austin-Smith:Lord in South Wales and rapidly expanding it to more than 30 people.

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