Hawkins\Brown has leapt up the AJ100 rankings to number 12 from number 21 last year, has won the title for the second consecutive year and for the third time in all.
In a competitive shortlist, the judges agreed that the practice stood out for its rapid growth, for the quality of its buildings, for its investment in its staff and in R&D and for managing to retain a sense of excitement and vitality usually associated with a younger and smaller firm.
Over the past 12 months Hawkins\Brown have invested in 3D printing and model-making and improved its already impressive package of staff benefits by introducing the opportunity for paid three-month periods of study leave and optional private medical cover as well as forming a junior practice management group with an annual budget of £50,000 to implement ideas from younger members of staff.
The firm has has grown considerably in the past year, employing 28 more architects and increasing its fee income from £17.1 million to £22.8 million.
Hawkins\Brown also had a scheme on the AJ100 Building of the Year shortlist – the refurbishment and expansion of The Bartlett School of Architecture – and were shortlisted for Fastest Growing Practice of the Year, Employer of the Year and Client of the Year for UCL.
“I felt that Hawkins\Brown had really driven things forward since last year. To retain such a sense of freshness and energy at its size is incredible.”
“We were delighted and honoured to have been named AJ100 Practice of the Year in 2016 so we are even more delighted and honoured to be named as AJ100 Practice of the Year 2017 as well. Russell and I have always sought to build a practice that designs great buildings, with happy staff and a sustainable business model so this award is a great tribute to everyone at Hawkins\Brown who shares and contributes to this vision. A huge thank you too to everyone at The Architects' Journal and the AJ100 Judges for this amazing accolade.”
Roger Hawkins Partner