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UN Studio’s mixed-use Raffles City development in Hangzhou.

How to breach the Chinese wall

9 May 2011

China’s rapid urbanisation means work opportunities for overseas practices. But cultural empathy can be just as important as design talent.

How do I set up in China?

How do I set up in China?

21 January 2011

China is the biggest market in the world for architects, but how do you go about getting a piece of the action?

The Korean Royal Palace

Korea on the march

6 January 2011

Working in Korea may be a high risk move but, as local practices are proving, their country offers plenty of rewards.

Aecom's Chengdu Fantasia tower

How to be a winner

5 January 2011

Ambitious practices hoping to see their name in lights in next year’s World Architecture Top 100 will be studying Aecom and Aedas’s business models to see what they can learn from 2011’s top two.

Amanda Baillieu - Editor

The rewards are here

16 December 2010

Old assumptions about everything to do with running a successful business have fallen apart – and that includes a global practice. This is what makes our survey so fascinating.

Shenzen China WA100

Architects find their way in the shifting sands of the global marketplace

16 December 2010

Practices still have confidence in countries such as China and India, but they are more cautious about regions such as the Middle East and South America.

Welcome to the World Architecture 100, BD's compendium of the world's biggest practices.


This year one practice has jumped from outside the top 10 straight to the number one spot, knocking down established giants like Gensler, Nikken Sekkei and Foster & Partners. Find out how this has affected the list and compare the rankings to last year's results in our interactive table.