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Zaha Hadid Architects named fastest growing AJ100 practice

Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Zaha Hadid Architects is the fastest growing practice in this year’s AJ100

The Fastest Growing Practice award is given to the AJ100 firm that increased its fee earnings and number of qualified architect employees by the highest percentage in 2015. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) was a standout winner in this category, having exactly doubled its number of UK architects by adding 118 to the previous total.

This is a very impressive degree of growth for a practice of this size – a doubling in numbers is more likely to happen with smaller practices. And this was true organic growth, with the practice taking on more staff to service its burgeoning workload, in contrast to some other practices where the increase in numbers may largely be due to a merger.

Managing growth at this level is challenging and relative income, in particular, can spiral downwards. The fact that this has not happened at ZHA – as evidenced by our fees table, showing it in ninth position in terms of fees earned per UK member of staff – is highly commendable. 


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Award sponsored by Griffiths & Armour

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