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I am delighted to announce our support of the Architect of the Year Awards 2020 through our sponsorship of ‘Best Architect Employer of the Year’ and the drinks reception at the gala awards event.

Building Design’s AYA awards are a celebration of both architecture and talent. They are also unique in that rather than judging a single project, the awards recognise the quality of a body of work by architects and practices – which shows off the depth of capability in the profession.

We have supported architectural practices, both large and small, for decades and are recognised as specialists in helping architects focus on commerciality and building profitable and enduring businesses.

It’s great to have the opportunity to recognise some of the outstanding achievements within this vibrant sector.


A cultural fit

The ‘Best Architect Employer of the Year’ is a category that rewards firms with the foresight and courage to drive change and embrace new practices and thinking.

For us, it closely aligns with our thinking as an employer. We believe in having a culture that fosters a healthy work-life balance, drives productivity, encourages creativity and harbours diversity.

It is ultimately about making a commitment to valuing, nurturing and investing in our employees now and in the future. To recognise architectural practices who are achieving this, is immensely satisfying.


North meets South

Our sponsorship brings together our lead teams in architecture from the North East and London. Jonny Scott, Tax Partner at Haines Watts Newcastle, commented:

“These awards are a fantastic celebration of architecture and the built environment, recognising and commending practices and architects from all over the UK. For us, it’s a great opportunity to show our support for the sector. We work with forward-thinking practices across the UK, many of which are at the frontier of building design, and we will be encouraging them to get involved in the awards and showcase their capability.”


See you there!

The big event takes place on 21 May 2020. We look forward to seeing all the nominees and their work at what promises to be a fantastic celebration.


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About the author

Alex Shall

Alex acts for established owner-managed businesses principally in the creative sector which include architecture, consulting, design, new media and software development. He has supported international groups with connections to the USA, Italy, France, Cyprus, Hong Kong and China and is well versed in the complexities of supporting business owners with global interests. His work has included raising finance and acquisition advice, succession planning, tax structuring and evaluating and implementing accounting and reporting systems, including cloud solutions.


I like being there to help clients though each phase of their businesses’ life cycle. Working with so many professional practices means that at any one time I am simultaneously helping some start their first business, helping others manage steady growth, working with others to overcome the inevitable bumps in the road and finally helping plan profitable successions or sales.

If I wasn't doing this I'd be: a lawyer. They seem to have more fun.

Favourite Book: 1984

Dream Location: on a boat in the Aegean.

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