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06.03.2008 10:10

Norman Foster admired by peers


Architect firm Foster and Partners won the contract to remodel the Camp Nou last September and now they have been chosen as the architectural company most admired by their peers for the third time in as many years.

The results of the poll have been drawn up and printed in the January edition of the BD World Architecture magazine.

This is a new prize for a company that has so much quality and excellence which has allowed them to continue to work at international level and will soon begin work on the redesign that will make Camp Nou a jewel in the crown of world sport.

Unique survey

QM3D9044.jpgIn this case, the recognition comes from architects themselves. Every year, BD World Architecture publishes a very detailed study of the most prestigious architect firms around the globe. It is a unique survey in its' field and is broken down into different sections of activity that all the major firms are involved in. In the category of the company that is most admitted, Foster and Partners continue in first place as they have now won the trophy in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

The British firm continues to top a prestigious list of names in the world of architecture that includes Herzog & de Meuron (one of the finalists for the Camp Nou remodelling) and Santiago Calatrava, who finished fifth in the category.

Up to fifth place

Foster and Partners does not have the most architects working for them though. In this year's study, they are in fifth place with 913 employees on the books. That is almost 300 less then American outfit Gensler, who have 1,216 people working for them, and they are in first place. However, the British firm continues to grow and has moved up from 11th place in 2006.
Norman Foster admired by peers
Prestigious history
Lord Foster is in his 40th year as an architect having opened his founding his company in 1967 and now has offices in over 20 countries. Since the beginning, the company has won more than 440 prizes and recognitions of their excellence and have won more than 70 national and international competitions.

Among the most recent works of Foster and Company is the national airport in Peking, the Petronas Tower in Malaysia, and the Crystal Island in Moscow, that once completed will be the biggest civil building in the world, considered to be a city within Moscow itself.

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