WA100 2023: A muted mood for architects

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The latest WA100 survey of top architects shows a slump in optimism, especially for Europe. The US is hanging in there, and the Middle East is booming – but China’s market is closed off

As large chunks of the world teeter on the brink of recession, the mood among the globe’s top architecture practices is muted, reveals the WA100 2023 survey.

Almost half (49.4%) of firms surveyed anticipate growth in the world construction economy next year, with 9.2% believing this growth will be strong. By contrast, nearly three-quarters (73%) of architects predicted growth in last year’s WA100 survey, which covers the world’s top firms.

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