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Top UK architecture firms

Top UK architecture firmsBuilding Design recently published their list of the world's top architecture firms. Read on to discover which UK firms they ranked highly.

1: Aedas

In 2002 LPT Architects in Hong Kong and Abbey Holford Rowe in the UK joined together to form Aedas LPT and Aedas AHR respectively. In 2003 Following a merger with TCN Architects of Birmingham in 2003, the name Aedas was adopted for all areas of the practice with the LPT and AHR being dropped from the Hong Kong and UK practice names later in 2003. The most recent partner is Davis Brody Bond Aedas, an award-winning American architectural firm with headquarters in New York.
UK office: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Huddersfield, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Shrewsbury
Website: Aedas

2: Foster and Partners

Foster and partners was founded by Manchester architect Norman Foster in London in 1967.
The practice collaborates with engineers to create complex and innovative structures such as the Swiss Re London headquarters, also known as The Gherkin.
UK office: London.
Website: Foster and Partners

3: BDP International

Architect George Grenfell Baines founded BDP International in 1961. The practice, which now employs more than 1200 architects, designers and engineers, designed Brent Cross Shopping Centre, in north London as well as the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, in Brighton, and the Glasgow Science centre.
UK office: Manchester, Winchester, London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool,
Website: BDP


An Scottish firm of architects, RMJM was founded in 1956 in Edinburgh by British architects Robert Matthew and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall.
It now employs 1,200 people in 14 offices around the world and is known for its work in the higher education sector. RMJM designed all the student campuses for the Universities of Stirling and York. In 2007, it was awarded the top prize for its renovation of two buildings at Kent University.
UK office: Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Website: RMJM

5: Atkins Design Studio

The largest engineering consultancy in the UK, Atkins was founded in 1938 by Sir William Atkins.
It provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consultancy services in 25 countries and employs more than 18,000 people.
Atkins designed the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel, a striking sail-shaped hotel on Dubai’s coast, as well as the Millenium Stadium, in Cardiff.
UK office: Bristol, Exeter, Glastonbury, Plymouth, Swindon, Croydon, Orpington, Tunbridge Wells, Epsom, Winchester, Oxford, Farnham, London, Chelmsford, Cambridge, Colchester, Ipswich, Norwich, Peterborough, Southend-on-sea, Swansea, Cardiff, Denbighshire, Birmingham, Telford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, Derby, Daventry, Nottingham, Northampton, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Crewe, Manchester, Cumbria, Warrington, Newcastle upon Tyne, Stockton-on-Tees, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow.
Website: Atkins Design Studio

6: Capita Architecture

The UK’s third largest architectural practice, Capita Architecture's key skills lie in architecture, interior design, urban design, masterplanning and healthcare planning.
Its biggest schemes include the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
UK office: London, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester, Carlisle and Glasgow.
Website: Capital Architecture

7: Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan is an international practice of architects that was founded in 1958. It employs more than 700 people around the world.
Among its most famous designs are the BP headquarters in Surrey.
UK office: London, Weybridge, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Reading.
Website: Broadway Malyan

8: Chapman Taylor

An international firm of architects, masterplanners and designers with 500 staff worldwide.
The practice designed the shopping and leisure area for the new St Pancras station and parts of Heathrow airport's new Terminal 5.
UK office: London and Manchester.
Website: Chapman Taylor

9: SMC Group

An award-winning form of architects with offices in 20 locations around the world.
UK office: London, Plymouth, Exeter, Bournemouth, Ipswich, Cambridge, Bedford, Warwick, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness.
Website: SMC Group

10: Hamilton Architects Ltd

The company was founded by Alan Hamilton in 1972 in Belfast.
It is a major architectural brand in Ireland but the scope of its projects are international. Projects range from a £250,000 European Commission Information Point to a new £70 million office block in Belfast.
Hamilton Architects has also built a number of Greyhound racing stadiums and was responsible for renovating the Ulster Museum, in Ireland.
UK office: Belfast and Londonderry.
Website: Hamilton Architects