57 employed architects, 25% female architects, =20th position in 2014
‘Our ethos is summed up by the words “Forward-looking, design-led”,’ says David Ross, Keppie design director. Last year Keppie was one of the fastest growing practices in the AJ100, adding a total of 24 architects to its roster. Despite the fact Keppie has lost seven architects in the past 12 months, the firm has employed three architects overseas and seen total turnover jump from £6.3 million to £7.2 million with the completion of a number of cross-sector and mixed-scale projects – maintaining its client base and emerging strongly from the recession. ‘The biggest challenge is the universal one of winning more work in narrowing markets where there is more competition and lower fee expectations than ever before,’ Ross explains.