Max Fordham started his own practice in the spare bedroom of his Camden home. It was 1966. He was 33. In the 50 years since, the practice has grown to more than 220 people in five offices around the United Kingdom.
The Cambridge office opened in 2001 and a job won at Telford College in Scotland led to a presence in Edinburgh, where the office celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. Continued growth of the Practice resulted in the establishment of offices in Manchester and Bristol in the same year.
In 2010, the Practice celebrated with Zaha Hadid Architects when the Museum of XXI Century Art (MAXXI) won the Stirling Prize. The Practice celebrated their second Stirling Prize win in 2016 with Caruso St John Architects for Newport Street Gallery. These awards are just some of many secured over the years, including ‘RIBA House of the Year 2016’ for Richard Murphy’s own home, and ‘CIBSE Building Performance Project of the Year’ in 2017 (Keynsham Civic Centre) and 2018 (Oriam Sports Performance Centre).
Max Fordham has also won a number of awards as a business including being named ‘ACE Inclusion and Diversity Champion of the Year’ and ‘CIBSE Building Consultancy of the Year’, both in 2017.
Max sought a partnership approach to running a business to encourage shared responsibility and a feeling of ownership. Max himself said "it's a responsibility sharing scheme, not a profit sharing scheme”.
In 2001, Max Fordham was the first company in the British construction industry to become a Limited Liability Partnership. In essence, we are an employee-owned business, with our current Partners totalling over 120 people across all roles and offices.
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