All analysis articles

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

    How to breach the Chinese wall


    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?


    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


    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

    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


    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


    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.

  • Arup's Stonecutters bridge

    Building bridges within the construction industry


    In tough times architects’ relationships with others in the construction industry is even more important, but like a good marriage, it has to work both ways.

  • Korea protest

    The world at risk


    While all architects have to hunt down new markets, it is important to do some basic risk analysis on those countries you are targeting. Here experts from some of Britain’s leading think-tanks predict the areas that might prove particularly unstable in 2011.

  • Features

    Smaller practices need to target the right sectors to crack Brazil


    There’s a perception that Brazil is already open for business, but the reality for architects is somewhat different.

  • Features

    How the charts are compiled


    BD’s world architecture survey was emailed to more than 2,000 practices around the world to create the World Architecture 100.