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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 BD’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 BD.

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.


Content includes:


WA100 profiles

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


Top 100 chart

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 BD’s award-winning writers.

Recent Building Studies:

  • Alan Stanton’s inspiration: Lovell Beach House, Newport Beach, California

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

  • Building Study: James Simon Galerie, Berlin, by David Chipperfield

  • Amin Taha’s inspiration: Pergamon Altar, Museum Island, Berlin

  • Building Study: Churchill College housing, Cambridge, by Cottrell & Vermeulen

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  • Technical Study: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London

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  • Why American universities are in thrall to the Oxbridge quad

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