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AJ100 Awards: Business Breakthrough of the Year finalists named

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The AJ can unveil the five practices shortlisted for the AJ100 Business Breakthrough of the Year award

Allies and Morrison, HTA Design, Ryder Architecture and JTP are joined among the finalists by AJ100 newcomer Echo Architecture.

This annual award is given to the AJ100 practice which has shown ’the greatest level of successful business creativity or entrepreneurship’ and looks at how ’positive change’ has impacted on company finances.

Practice are judged on, among other things, new business strategies which have halted a period of decline, the development of a new service to clients, opening up new revenue streams, and investment in research and design.

Allies and Morrison was shortlisted, in part, for its creation of a specialist facade technologies arm to take forward the ’manufacture of [its] patented passive building envelope system’, while HTA Design was picked out for its investment in the burgeoning build to rent housing market which made the practice £3 million in 2015/16 alone.

Echo Architecture was praised for its strategic diversification and expansion programme, particularly in London, as was JTP for the practice’s extensive research into residential design codes, which has resulted in significant financial returns.

The shortlist is completed by Ryder Architecture who highlighted its blossoming BIM Academy project, a joint venture with Northumbria University, as a growing source of income having secured commissions in Hong Kong, central Europe and the UK.

Last year the title was handed to MaccreanorLavington for the success of its MLA+ sustainable urban design offshoot (see AJ 08.06.16).


  • Allies and Morrison
  • Echo Architecture
  • HTA Design
  • JTP
  • Ryder Architecture

The winner will be announced at the annual AJ100 awards event on Wednesday 14 June at the Tower of London.

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