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Allies and Morrison triumphs as AJ120 Practice of the Year

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Allies and Morrison has been crowned this year’s AJ120 Practice of the Year

Awarded on the basis of employee satisfaction, business growth, design quality, fees per architect and a presentation to the judging panel.

Traditionally, the Practice of the Year award is a hard fought contest and this year has been no exception. The talent on display was a reminder of the current strength in depth of the UK architecture scene.

In the end, it was Allies and Morrison’s blend of assured architecture and intelligent masterplanning (demonstrated by 8-10 Moorgate and Wood Wharf respectively) coupled with a supportive working culture that won over the judges.

The data bore out the decision. The practice has added 40 architects since this time last year and has further bolstered its ranks of senior staff with the announcement of nine new partners. Turnover is up too – however, the numbers tell only part of the story.

‘The company’s growth, the fact it will happily collaborate with architects, the diversity of its projects and its working culture is all excellent,’ the jury said.

The shortlist in full

  • Allies and Morrison
  • Foster + Partners
  • Hawkins\Brown
  • HOK
  • KPF
  • Squire and Partners
  • Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Zaha Hadid Architects

The judges

  • Jane Duncan, Jane Duncan Architects and RIBA president elect
  • Paul Finch, AJ editorial director
  • Owen Luder, architect and former RIBA president
  • James McLachlan, AJ publications editor
  • Rory Olcayto, AJ editor
  • Barbara Weiss, director, Barbara Weiss Architects
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