Winner: Paul Davis + Partners - This prestigious honour is awarded on the basis of employee satisfaction, business growth, design quality and fees per architect
As one architect at Paul Davis + Partners put it: ‘It’s an exciting time for the company: it’s expanding and really embracing sustainable design.’ And so it is. It’s number of overseas architects has doubled from three to six and its placed comfortably in the top ten fastest increasers in fees earned from UK offcies
In the employee survey, 50 per cent of staff declared themselves ‘very satisfied’ with their position. The design-led approach and expansion is appreciated by its architects and Paul Davis + Partners was cited as ‘a very good employer who look after their staff and have an excellent portfolio of clients.’
One enthusiastic staffer wrote: ‘People here are amazing. Everybody helps everybody, the atmosphere is great and the partners respect a lot people’s thoughts and their personal time.’
The practice is optimistic for the future, hoping to employ five more architects at home and four overseas by December 2012.
Eric Parry Architects, another strong grower with quality design output, was Highly Commended.
Eric Parry Architects (highly commended)
Nicholas Hare Architects
Paul Davis + Partners (winner)
Squire and Partners