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We’re known for our irreverent outlook as much as we’re trusted for our heavyweight building reviews and expert opinion, while our technical coverage is second to none in the architectural press. The WA100 ranking of the world’s top architectural practices is highly regarded by the profession – and by clients. Practices that make it into Building Design’s annual league table find it a valuable promotional tool.

We also run the long-established Architect of the Year Awards, the only awards that recognise architects for a body of work. The AYAs are always hotly contested, with YAYA in particular being widely respected as a launchpad for young practices.

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WA100 is the who's who of international architecture, currently in its 26th year. WA100 ranks the top 100 architectural practices around the world, using data compiled by Camargue on behalf of Building Design.

Architecture's definitive guide

WA100 is the only list available comparing practices around the globe. It is one of the most respected annual publications in the industry and has become an established reference point for international research.

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WA100 profiles

A closer look at all top 100 practices - what they're building and what they're planning next.

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The top 100 practices listed and ranked by the number of architects they employ.

Regional top 10

The top architectural firms in each global region ranked by fee income.

Ones to watch

The 25 practices closing in on the top 100.

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The most significant buildings, designed by today’s most interesting architects, reviewed by Building Design’s award-winning writers.

Recent Building Studies:

  • Building Study: Walker’s Court, Soho, by Soda Studio

  • Building Study: Zayed Centre, Great Ormond Street, by Stanton Williams

  • Building Study: Marmalade Lane, Cambridge, by Mole Architects

  • Building Study: The Twist, Norway, by BIG

  • Building Study: Tintagel Bridge, Cornwall, by William Matthews Associates

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Inspiring illustrated accounts of architectural challenges solved with the technical ingenuity of today’s most innovative practices.

Recent Technical Studies:

  • Technical Study: Stratford Pavilion by Acme

  • Technical Study: Science Museum supporters’ centre, by Hat Projects

  • Technical Study: Beaconsfield Mews cohousing, London, by Stolon Studio

  • Technical Study: North West Cambridge housing by Stanton Williams

  • Technical Study: IOC Headquarters, Lausanne, by 3XN

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Penetrating analysis, revealing interviews, culture and opinion from the sharpest minds inside and outside the profession.

Recent features:

  • Designing for God: Eric Mendelsohn’s US synagogues

  • AL_A reveals plans for £42m Paisley Museum makeover

  • Firms readied for National Railway Museum design job

  • ‘It’s just the same whether you are designing a building or a bike’

  • Why American universities are in thrall to the Oxbridge quad

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