With offices in locations such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Jeddah, RTKL has been named Best International Practice by the Architects’ Journal annual AJ100, a survey of Britain’s 100 most successful architecture firms.
The Architects’ Journal said: “Last year, RTKL UK was shortlisted, but this year, an increase in overseas spending has helped it muscle its way to the top spot. Active in North, Central, and South America, Asia (particularly South East Asia) and Australia, RTKL is a truly global design brand.”
RTKL employs more than 500 architects outside the UK—an almost 30 percent increase over its 2010 figure. Despite the recession, the firm’s fee earnings have increased, and its overseas earnings have gone up by 20%. RTKL was also shortlisted in the AJ100’s category of ‘Fastest Growing Practice’.
Alan Morgan, managing director in RTKL’s London office, said: “While we’ve experienced market changes just like everyone else, RTKL’s presence in the UK, Europe and the United States held strong, and our strategic business and planning efforts in the Middle East, India and Asia positioned us well. We strive to be a truly global business, and we are pleased to be recognised for our efforts.”
RTKL, which was acquired by ACARDIS in 2007, is currently working on projects in 26 countries around the world, including Mall of Egypt in Cairo, Barwa Retail and Hotel in Qatar, and the Paradise Center in Sofia, Bulgaria. The firm’s growth over the past year has occurred in part because of large-scale planning and urban development projects that included complex mixed-use and new city centres.
Since RTKL opened its London office in 1990, its architects have completed more than 500,000m2 of commercial and institutional projects in the UK and Europe. It is currently involved in the planned regeneration in Edinburgh’s Leith Docks, the single largest such project to take place in the city’s history.