56 employed architects, 38% female architects, 38th position in 2014
Shortlisted last year for Fastest Growing Practice, Paul Davis + Partners (now PDP London) sustained its growth in 2014 with a 60 per cent rise in employees in its London office. With numerous projects under way in Hong Kong and Ningbo, China, and more than 15 per cent of its permanent staff in Hong Kong, the practice is looking to raise its international exposure. Known in the UK for its luxury residential work (which currently includes Chelsea Barracks), the firm is seeking to expand into new sectors. ‘We’re going through an extensive rebranding programme which will reinforce our growth,’ says senior partner Pedro Roos. Female architects hold numerous leadership positions; around a third of partners and associates are women. Paul Davis retired as chairman in 2013.