As part of their annual research for the World Architecture Top 100, Building Design (BD) has compiled a list of which architects are most admired by their colleagues from across the globe. Last year's results were somewhat predictable, with Foster + Partners leading and Renzo Piano's Building Workshop and Herzog + de Meuron close behind. According to BD, "this year saw a trend towards more commercial names."
This year's "most admired" list includes:
- 1. Foster + Partners
- 2. Herzog + de Meuron
- 3. BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
- 4. Gensler
- 5. AHMM (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris)
- 5. SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)
- 7. AECOM
- 7. KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox)
- 7. OMA
- 7. Renzo Piano Building Workshop
- 7. SANAA
- 7. Snøhetta
According to BD's results, Foster + Partners topped the list with 30% of the total votes and have "dominated the top spot in this ranking for a number of years now." Herzog + de Meuron took 13% of the votes and was "closely followed" by BIG, a new entry to the 2014 rankings. Noting that BIG "has been growing at a phenomenal rate," the public persona between these two international practices are almost polar opposites.
AHMM has reappeared in this year's rankings, whilst OMA and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop have slipped down the list. Zaha Hadid Architects is missing from this year's rankings altogether, having received only one vote.
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More about this list can be found on BDOnline.