BD has published the answer to one of the most fascinating questions asked of architecture practices across the globe as it compiles its World Architecture Top 100: which architects are most admired by respondents. "The answers are usually a fairly predictable list of starchitects," writes Anna Winston. "But this year saw a trend towards more commercial names."
"Foster & Partners came out top of the list with 30% of the votes - no real surprises there as Foster has dominated the top spot in this ranking for a number of years now," she notes. "The lion’s share of the remaining votes went to two other practices that can claim famous figureheads. Herzog & de Meuron - a staple name in the most-admired list - scooped 13% of the votes, closely followed by a new entry from BIG."
Of note: "Zaha Hadid is an obvious name missing from this year’s top 10 having featured in last year’s top five - the practice only received one vote."