The world’s top 100 architecture firms of 2015 have been revealed. The annual list compiled by the UK’s
Building Design weekly newspaper surveys more than 1,400 architecture practices across the globe.
Six Australian practices made the top 100. Woods Bagot leads the charge in seventh place, unchanged from 2014, followed by HBO+EMTB (43), Cox Architecture (45), The Buchan Group (60) ThomsonAdsett (95) and newcomer to the top 100, Hayball (99). DWP|Suters, ranked 117, also made the ones-to-watch list.
Woods Bagot 7th
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre[/caption]
Woods Bagot is a global design and consulting firm with a team of over 1,000 people working across studios in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
Specialising in five key sectors – Aviation and Transport; Education, Science and Health; Lifestyle; Sport; and Workplace – Woods Bagots boasts a diverse portfolio with 140 years of design excellence.
Building Design’s 2014 World Architecture 100 list ranked Woods Bagot as the seventh largest architecture firm in the world.
16 Marcus Clarke StCanberra, Australia[/caption]
HBO+EMTB is an established, regional design practice. Delivering sustainable, humanistic solutions that integrate commercial goals and social objectives.
The HBO+EMTB practice offers multi-disciplinary expertise in architecture, interior design, workplace solutions, urban design, landscape design, heritage and planning.
The business has had many awards including the 2012 World Architecture Festival in Transport and Excellence in Brick and Block Awards.
Cox Architecture 45th
Allisee Residential Community, Gold Coast Queensland[/caption]
Cox Architecture originated in 1962 as a partnership between Philip Cox and Ian McKay.
By 2000, the practice had become one of Australia's largest. The range of projects types and sizes expanded considerably into office, retail, residential, resort and mixed use developments.
Master planning became a major focus of the practice, specifically for urban waterfronts and for tertiary education and research campuses both in Australia and internationally.
Several international competitions have been won including for Singapore Marina Bay Redevelopment and Singapore Management University.
The Buchan Group 60th
Langham Hotel, Southbank Victoria[/caption]
Tracing its history back to 1890, with the first practice opening in Geelong Victoria, The Buchan Group is now a globally established architectural group.
With a staff of almost 400, the group is recognised for its design excellence and depth of experience in all sectors. Operating across several locations in Australia and New Zealand, with offices in London, Shanghai and Dubai.
St Paul's Residential Aged Care in Bardon, Queensland[/caption]
Ian Thomson and Rob Adsett founded ThomsonAdsett in 1971.
From a one-room studio in Brisbane, Australia, the practice grew steadily to become one of the 100 largest architecture firms in the world.
It is now a large Australian architectural practice with 25 shareholding principals, all active participants in the practice. Receiving many awards, including a recent award for the renovation/modernisation of the Deakin University.
Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria[/caption]
One of Australia’s largest practices, Hayball specialises in architecture, interior design and urban planning.
Over 30 years, the company has had hundred of projects across Australia, South-East Asia and China – these vary from schools and universities, commercial developments and urban designs for entire suburbs.
Recently, the practice was won the Excellence in Timber Design in the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards.
City Quarter, Sydney, NSW[/caption]
Questioning conventions and norms, dwp|suters engage in thorough research and enquiry throughout the design process to generate unique ideas developed form first principles.
Approaching design as leaders, the specialist teams bring expert capability, experience and knowledge to every project. The practice recently won an Innovation Award for their work on Bentleigh Secondary College’s Meditation & Indigenous Cultural Centre.
Two Australasia practices that were on the top 100 list in 2014 are curiously absent in 2015. Hassell, ranked 32 and the highest earning Australasian practice in 2014 is not on the list at all along with New Zealand practice Warren and Mahoney.