Grimshaw scoops AJ100 International Practice of the Year after more than doubling its overseas architects
The International Practice of the Year award is based on key international business data from the AJ100 survey, such as the practice’s percentage growth in fees and the increase year-on-year in the number of architects employed in overseas markets.
Grimshaw has hugely increased the number of architects it employs outside the UK over the past year, adding 73 and thereby more than doubling its total architectural staff – an increase of 118 per cent.
The practice, which this year moved up to eighth place in the AJ100 rankings, has a current workload of 80 projects, with more than half of those outside the UK. After making the decision 15 years ago to diversify into America and New York, the practice now employs more than 390 staff in its offices in London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne and Qatar. Grimshaw is a truly international enterprise.
Designing in locales as disparate as Albania, Oman and Singapore, it scrupulously investigates and responds to context, inflecting its global practice with a nuanced understanding of the local to deliver consistently exemplary and enduring buildings.
From airports to housing, sports stadia to schools, the breadth of scale and typological diversity is especially impressive. Creatively co-ordinating such a widely dispersed set of offices and people requires skill and insight and it is clear that there is an extremely fertile reciprocity between the various elements of this sophisticated global network.
Each studio operates with a high degree of autonomy but is simultaneously able to draw on the resources of the greater Grimshaw whole to devise enriched, innovative and sustainable architectural propositions appropriate to their particular milieu.
- Aukett Swanke
- Broadway Malyan
- Teresa Borsuk, Pollard Thomas Edwards
- Max Farrell, Farrells
- Catherine Slessor, architectural writer (on behalf of the AJ)
- Peter Morris, AHMM
- Barbara Weiss, Barbara Weiss Architects