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HASSELL has topped the list of six Australian firms that have been included in this year’s list of the world’s 100 biggest practices, published in association with UK magazine Building Design.
The worldwide survey of global practices has been running for the last 15 years, and is compiled from information submitted by practices as part of a survey carried out in late 2009.
Ranking the firms by the number of architects employed, HASSELL is the top Australian firm featured, sitting at number 25 in the world, with 352 architects working at the practice. Cox Architects came 2nd in Australia and equal 29th in the world – alongside White Arkitekter of Sweden – with 300 architects.
While HBO+EMTB came 32nd with 272 architects, Woodhead ranked 35th (245), with Bates Smart in 58th position (146) and Thomson Adsett Architects at 98th (76).
The top ranking of the World Architecture Top 100 was taken by Japan’s Nikken Sekkei, employing 1,165 architects. The remaining spots were taken by Aedas (UK/China/USA), Gensler (USA), HOK (USA) and RMJM (UK).
BD predicted a shift of power to the East as world economies recover, saying: “Most architects expect a decline in the West with growth mainly in the Pacific Rim and Central Asia.” However, it seems that for credibility, at least for now, firms still rank the western practices at the top: Foster & Partners topped the list for Most Respected Practice, followed by Herzog & de Meuron, Renzo Piano, SOM and HOK.
The top 10 firms for estimated profit for 2009 featured HASSELL in equal 5th (US$16m), followed by HBO+EMTB in 7th (US$15m) and Bates Smart in 10th (US$9m).
Looking at the regional picture and which firms had the highest income in Australasia during 2009, HASSELL again heads the list, followed by Bates Smart, Cox Architects, Woodhead, HBO+EMTB and Thomson Adsett Architects. The local firms are joined by BBG-BBGM (USA), Archetype Group (Vietnam), Gensler (USA) and Leo A Daly (USA) to complete the top 10 highest earners in Australasia.