Architecture firms in Australia continue to be recognised on the international stage, with six practices being named in a listing of the world’s Top 100 firms.

Releasing its World Architecture Top 100 list, UK based construction industry magazine Building Design said that Woods Bagot, Bates Smart, Buchan Group and GHD Woodhead have all maintained their place in the list whilst Architects and Hames Sharley were new entrants.

At the top of the table from an Australian perspective, Woods Bagot slipped one spot from sixth place in 2016 to seventh this year whilst Bates Smart rose from 57th to 45th, Buchan edged up from 58th to 55th and GHD Woodhead rose from 71st to 59th.


The new entrants, Architects and Hames Sharley, come in at 97 and 100 respectively.

Two other Australian practices, Thomson Adsett (102) and DWP Suters (119), made a ‘ones to watch’ list.

As in the case of other years, 2016 has been an active year for Australian practices.

Woods Bagot, for example, has been pursuing opportunities across, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America and has delivered at least twelve highly significant projects across Australia, New Zealand, China, the US, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

Locally, significant projects for the form include the Adelaide Convention Centre, 1 William Street and Wynyard Walk whilst international projects have included the Christchurch Convention Centre, Chongquing Tower (China) and Telkom Tower (Indonesia).

Buchan Group, meanwhile, worked on the Chadstone Centre redevelopment in Melbourne, several retail precincts and the transformation for the retail precinct at Launceston Airport.

Worldwide, Gensler took out top spot followed by Nikken Sekkei (Japan) and AECOM.

Worldwide, optimism regarding the state of the architecture market is waning but remains positive.

All up, 60 percent of architects surveyed reported feelings of growth or strong growth in the health of the worldwide construction sector – down from 74 percent last year.

Australia, however, remains in a strong position and is ranked as the fourth best market in terms of growth potential for architectural services behind China, the USA and India.