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AJ 100

11 / BROADWAY MALYAN Last year: 10 Number of architects: 117 Female architects: 19 per cent A colossal Peel Holdings scheme on the Mersey waterfront has dominated the practice's order book. Valued at £4.5 billion, it's equalled in scale only by Argent's huge development at King's Cross, the difference being that Broadway Malyan is the sole masterplanning practice. Elsewhere, the architect is revitalising the River Irwell area as it runs through Salford, Manchester and Trafford, creating the Irwell City Park. It's also one of English Partnerships' 13 super-panel members.

12 / ALLIES AND MORRISON Last year: 14 Number of architects: 114 Female architects: 36 per cent When practices become involved in projects on a massive scale they can take some ak, and that has happened to Allies and Morrison, which has shrunk its Brighton Marina project and rethink a scheme for Winchester in the face of local pressure. On a brighter note, it has a new skyscraper design for Bishopsgate in the City of London, and is masterplanning a huge scheme in Brent Cross, north London.

13 / SHEPPARD ROBSON Last year: 11 Number of architects: 112 Female architects: 28 per cent Sheppard Robson scooped the £60,000 House competition in July. The firm's Linton Hospital residential scheme in Maidstone, Kent, won high praise from CABE, which called it 'simple and effective'. This success hasn't stalled Sheppard Robson's gradual slide from a top-five high in 2002 to 13th.

Malcolm McGoman, managing partner, and Tim Evans, creative director, now co-run the firm - aiming to foster a 'design-led culture'.

14 / CHAPMAN TAYLOR Last year: 15 Number of architects: 106 Female architects: 27 per cent There's no lack of confidence at this practice, which continues to scale the AJ100, energised by project wins like the 21,000m 2 agship John Lewis store in Portsmouth's proposed Northern Quarter. The firm is on board the BBC's Salford Media City: UK project and its £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme is expected to go in for outline planning soon.

15 / AUKETT FITZROY ROBINSON Last year: 18 Number of architects: 87 Female architects: 18 per cent A toddler compared to most of the AJ100, three-year-old Aukett Fitzroy Robinson announced an £880,000 profit this year.

Although its £150 million regeneration of St Mary le Port, Bristol, was sent back to the drawing board, it won permission to rework Cardiff Coal Exchange.

16 / KEPPIE DESIGN Last year: 22 Number of architects: 84 Female architects: 15 per cent It's been a great year for Keppie Design: its 1 million m 2 Eurocentral Business Park - one of the largest speculative office developments in Scotland - secured planning, and the practice has leapt eight places into the AJ100 top 20. Arguably its pièce de résistance is the £40 million shopping complex for Cumbernauld town centre - seen by some as one of Scotland's architectural eyesores.

17 / PASCALL + WATSON Last year: 27 Number of architects: 80 Female architects: 15 per cent Transport specialist Pascall + Watson continues its AJ100 ascent - it was 43rd in 2002 and 27th last year. Its steady - and seemingly unstoppable - growth triggered a 'serious' take-over bid by Atkins which was turned down in favour of remaining independent. Work is under way on Dublin airport's £410 million Terminal 2, and Wembley Park Tube station is now complete.

18 / REID ARCHITECTURE Last year: 12 Number of architects: 77 Female architects: 30 per cent Another slip for Reid - down six places from last year - and its third consecutive drop overall. That said, the firm has enjoyed a solid 12 months, securing outline planning for its massive £100 million Faber Street mixed-use scheme - the practice's first significant foray into Manchester. Watch out for upcoming projects like the Heart of Slough cultural initiative and the impressive Valencia football stadium.

= 19 / CHETWOOD ASSOCIATES Last year: 19 Number of architects: 75 Female architects: 13 per cent Clerkenwell, central London, became a beacon for sustainability thanks to Chetwoods' Oasis sculpture, unveiled in June for Architecture Week. It features solar-powered 'petals' responding to day and night.

Chetwoods' reputation for sustainable design secured the firm a place in English Heritage's harem of preferred architects and urban designers.

= 19 / EPR ARCHITECTS Last year: N/A Number of architects: 75 Female architects: 15 per cent After a four-year hiatus, EPR jumps back into the AJ100 top 20.

Founding parter Cecil Elsom died in April 2006, aged 94. City of London planners backed the contentious St Paul's office scheme, but its massive Peruvian Wharf got the thumbs down.

= 19 / RPS GROUP Last year: 31 Number of architects: 75 Female architects: 16 per cent Planning consultancy RPS - which boasts 2,250 staff nationwide - is ranked 7th in the UK and 36th overall in Europe's 500, the independent annual index of high-growth enterprises. The year saw the acquisition of industrial specialist Burks Green & Partners for £21.2 million. RPS now runs a small Warsaw operation, providing the Oxford-based firm with a foothold in Poland.

22 / JOHN MCASLAN + PARTNERS Last year: 43 Number of architects: 71 Female architects: 42 per cent From its 98th position in 2002, this firm has stormed up the AJ100. The practice also employs one of the highest percentages of female architects. Its order book includes converting Woolwich Royal Military Academy into a 316-home urban village and a £100 million zero-carbon scheme in Brighton.

= 23 / ALLFORD HALL MONAGHAN MORRIS Last year: N/A Number of architects: 70 Female architects: 21 per cent What a year. Liverpool's Unity, the largest speculative office development outside London, was completed in February. Planning permission has been granted for the Saatchi Gallery in west London. The firm is on board Lend Lease's bid for the massive Elephant & Castle regeneration initiative in south London and also snatched victory in the competition to regenerate Runcorn's Canal Quarter.

= 23 / KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ASSOCIATES Last year: 23 Number of architects: 70 Female architects: 33 per cent Sheldon Fox, founding member of KPF, died aged 76.

Fox was instrumental in building the practice into an international force, with offices in London, New York and Shanghai. Kohn Pedersen Fox is setting out to transform London's skyline with the Helter Skelter Tower, formerly known as the DIFA Building, and its Park Fifth project in Los Angeles has scooped an American Institute of Architects prize.

= 23 / LLEWELYN DAVIES YEANG Last year: 13 Number of architects: 70 Female architects: 29 per cent Shortly after eco-superstar Ken Yeang triggered a name change and a flood of new work, the practice was forced to shed 25 architects following the collapse of the £170 million Broomfield Hospital scheme. Bosses have also admitted the future of a masterplan for the holy city of Najaf in Iraq is uncertain after a bomb attack on the Iraqi ministry backing the project.

= 26 / RHWL ARCHITECTS Last year: 21 Number of architects: 68 Female architects: 29 per cent RHWL beat Allies and Morrison to a key central Liverpool regeneration push - the 130,000m 2 office-led Pall Mall scheme. Its Northern Stage project, formerly the Newcastle Playhouse, reopened after a £9.5 million redevelopment, creating two new wings, new public spaces, and state-ofthe-art backstage facilities. But the long-awaited renaissance of London's Finsbury Town Hall - now the Urdang dance centre - was late and over budget.

= 26 / STRIDE TREGLOWN Last year: 23 Number of architects: 68 Female architects: 21 per cent It's been a vintage year for the largest practice in the South West - despite a slight dip in the AJ100 standings. Stride Treglown secured a foothold in the North by snapping up Manchester-based Chapman Robinson and appointing Gill Robinson as its first female regional director - although oveall female recruitment remains average.

The firm is on board Reading University's framework agreement and its profit doubled from £400,000 to £800,000.

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