25 employed architects, 32% female architects, =82nd position in 2014
With success for its Wilson Art Gallery in the RIBA Awards and landing the job to design a new £1.4 million visitor centre at Canterbury Cathedral, 2014 was a bumper year for Berman Guedes Stretton. But, despite this and continued success with projects for Cambridge and Oxford universities, the firm has continued to fall down the AJ120, dropping 20 places since last year. Now ranked 102, it employs 25 architects across its London, Oxford and Birmingham offices. With most of its work in education, the practice is making moves to diversify and is seeing growth in the commercial, hotels and cultural sectors. It is also beginning to integrate BIM. ‘One of the biggest challenges for the year ahead is to integrate BIM into our working process and develop efficient in-house systems,’ explains director Chris Hale.