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AJ100 Clients’ Choice prize goes to Foster + Partners

Maggie's Manchester by Foster + Partners
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Foster + Partners has been named the firm clients would most like to work with 

For this award, we ask a broad selection of clients to tell us which practices they most enjoy working with, making it, perhaps, the most significant award of all. It is not surprising that Foster + Partners, the largest practice in the AJ100, took the prize – after all, it is popularity with clients that fuels growth.

The practice offers clients an unparalleled combination of design skills, buy-in to one of the strongest brands in architecture, and an efficient and tightly-run business that, despite its size, ensures that it gives practices a personalised and continuous service.

As part of this, the presentation skills of Norman Foster himself are unparalleled. Despite the fact that the firm has a clearly recognisable style, he makes it abundantly clear to clients that his practice is designing their specific building, to suit their particular needs rather than, as some practices do, pursuing the next stage in the evolution of its design ideas.

Even allowing for the practice’s efficiency, its position at number three in the table of fees earned per member of architectural staff demonstrates that it expects clients to pay for the privilege of getting such excellent service. This award shows that they are happy to do so.

Shortlist

  • Arup Associates
  • BDP
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Glenn Howells Architects
  • Grimshaw

Award sponsored by Miele

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