Architectural firm Foster + Partners has been found out to be the biggest firm of its practice in the UK for the third consecutive year, revealed by the annual poll carried out by architecture magazine the Architects Journal (AJ).
The survey ranks firms according to the number of employed architects who ate registered with Britain’s Architects Registration Board. Foster + Partner’s UK office currently employs over 290 architects- almost 90 more than other firms in the country.
The firm has also represents over 40% of the earnings of all practices in the list. It is also the second largest user of 3D-printing technology in the world after Nike.
“In the spirit of Steve Jobs, when I identify that I am no longer ‘with it’ I’ll retire, but I’m presently travelling more than ever and working as hard, if not harder,” Foster told AJ.
“To be in a group where you’re working on a boutique winery, while the guys next to you are working on a long, drawn-out mega-project – it is that mix that keeps us sharp,” he said.