Number of architects employed by the world's biggest firms hits record high

WA100

First increase after two years of decline

The number of architects employed by the world’s 100 biggest practices has hit a record high, according to the 2019 WA100 survey which is published today. Turnover remains steady at $600-699m.

The survey, which ranks firms by the number of architects employed, revealed that the top 100 firms collectively employ 37,787 architects, a 6.5% increase on 2018. The increase follows two years of declining numbers of architects employed, averaging 2.5% a year.

US giant Gensler is again the world’s biggest architect for the fourth year running with 2,627 architects, an increase of 2.6% on 2018. The firm declined to reveal its turnover.

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