World Cities Network is proud to be partners with the following organisations. If you would like to become a partner, please contact a member of the team.

Aedas is one of the world’s leading global architecture and design practices. The company is built on the belief that great design can only be delivered by people with a deep social and cultural understanding of the communities they are designing for. Aedas global platform for creative excellence in design enables some of the world’s most talented designers to plug into the latest information and delivery systems they need to produce truly world-class design solutions.

The practice’s unique structure, global presence, and commitment to cutting-edge R&D are testament to our desire to deliver design excellence to clients wherever they are in the world.

One of the UK’s best known and most respected developers, Argent, was founded in 1981 by Michael and Peter Freeman. Over the last 30 years the company has made its name primarily on big city centre regeneration projects such as Birmingham’s Brindleyplace, the Piccadilly area of Manchester, and more recently, London’s King’s Cross. Since 1997 the great majority of Argent projects, including King's Cross, have been carried out in a series of partnerships between Hermes clients, the Freeman brothers and the executive directors of Argent.  

Atkins is one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, we have the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects. Whether it’s the concept for a new skyscraper, the upgrade of a rail network, the modelling of a flood defence system or the improvement of a management process, we plan, design and enable solutions. 

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BuroHappold is a professional services firm providing engineering consultancy, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of buildings, infrastructure and the environment, with its head office in Bath, Somerset. It was founded in 1976, by Sir Edmund Happold in Bath in the southwest of England when he left Ove Arup and Partners to take up a post at the University of Bath as Professor of Architecture and Engineering Design.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people's lives and help clients succeed. In 2012, for the third consecutive year, Design Intelligence ranked HOK as the #1 role model for sustainable and high-performance design. 

IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. Today IBM UK has around 20,000 employees, bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world's largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large. IBM's prized research, development and technical talent around the world partner with governments, corporations, thinkers and doers on ground breaking real world problems to help make the world work better and build a smarter planet. 

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KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance.

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Since launching in 2005, WAN has developed into the world's largest community for architecture. The website has been delivering over 10.82 million page impressions a month and our weekly News Review now reaches 147,000 desktops. WAN has now been firmly rooted at Google No 1 for 'architecture news' since March of last year.

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