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1 Lord Norman Foster 19% Foster's popularity has waned - last year he got half the vote - but he's still joint top. Another storming year, yet lost respect over the wobbly bridge saga, and brickbats over Spitalfields. But the GLA and Swiss Re come next..

1 Renzo Piano 19% Piano - aiming high here with the London Bridge tower, epitomises a more international flavour on this year's list. The charismatic Italian is also building a tower in another sensitive location, New York, for the New York Times.

3 4 Lord Richard Rogers 9% Still popular, though winning less of a percentage than in 2001, Rogers has enjoyed plaudits for his Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

But he has grown frustrated with New Labour largely ignoring his urban task force report findings.

4 Frank Gehry 4.5% Frank O Gehry won recognition from the UK architectural institution when the RIBA gave him its Royal Gold Medal in 2000.

His position here is surely for the Guggenheim, Bilbao, and its major effects across the world.

Sir Michael Hopkins 4.5% Hopkins has slipped a little in this league, but many felt that his Westminster underground was the best of the JLE. He won praise for his Nottingham campus, and is now designing large-scale new offices in London Docklands.

4 Rem Koolhaas 4.5% The Dutch master and author of S, M, L, XL, wrote another tome, on shopping, opened a Guggenheim in Las Vegas and a Prada in NY (many visitors, few customers) but lost some reputation over the so-called 'plagiarism'court case.

7=8 Santiago Calatrava 3.4% Calatrava, the Spanish engineer and architect celebrated for his bridges and public buildings, continues to gain the respect of his peers. Also won the Sir Misha Black Memorial Medal,2002, for services to design education.

8 Will Alsop 2% The AJ columnist who enrages as many as he delights. Stirling Prize winner, artist, and now Architecture Foundation chair, Alsop'schemes are nothing if not distinctive and unique.

Written on my computer, at work.

Tadao Ando 2% Ex-boxer and architectural autodidact Ando, a former Pritzker Prize winner, came in at joint eighth. The Japanese architect is designing an art centre for billionaire Francois Pinault on an island in the Seine.

8 Giancarlo de Carlo 2% De Carlo, now 82, is best known for his work in Urbino, Italy, particularly the Free University.

But he is also an inspiring teacher, involved with the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design, last year in Venice.

8 Edward Cullinan 2% Edward Cullinan, always deeply respected for his sketching ability, is a name considered every year when the RIBA sits down to decide on its Royal Gold Medal. Key project now: Weald and Downland Museum

8 Sir Nicholas Grimshaw 2% Not a bad old year. Gained incredible praise (not least in this survey) for the Eden Project in Cornwall, won a knighthood, and came second in AJPlus'poll last month on who should win the next RIBA Royal Gold Medal.


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