Courtesy of NTNU, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art
Courtesy of NTNU, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art

Norwegian University of Science and Technology Spring Guest Lecture Series

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), recently launched their Spring 2013 Guest Lecture Series in architecture, titled “DigitalAnalog”, which is free and open to the public. Most lectures take place at 6:00 pm in Dokkhuset, Dokkparken 4, Trondheim,…

The 100 Largest Architecture Firms In the World

Building Design has released their annual ranking, The WA100, of the world’s largest architecture firms. Coming in the #1 spot (up from #2 last year) is Aecom, who, with 1,370 employees worldwide, narrowly outranked Gensler (with 1,346 employees). Completing the top three was IBI Group (1,129 employees). AecomGensler, and Japanese-based firm Nikken Sekkei (ranked #4) were the top 3 earners of 2012, each making over $400 million US Dollars in Fee Income.

Of the top 10 largest firms, 5 are based in North America, 3 in Asia, and 1 in the (Aedas, which ranked 5th, is dually based in both China and the UK). A similar trend is also evident in the list as a whole – as you can see from the graphic we compiled (after the break), US firms remain the biggest employers of architects and the highest-earners. Although the UK represents about half the number of employed architects as the US, UK firms earned almost as much in fee income.  

Interestingly, the only firms to grace both the Top 10 list and Building Design’s survey of the Top 5 Most Admired Firms of 2012, were Gensler (#2 Largest; #4 Most Admired) and Foster & Partners (#10 Largest; #1 Most Admired). Zaha Hadid Architects (who shared the number 5 Most Admired spot with Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, ranked as the 45th largest firm). 

See our graphic and the full list of the world’s largest firms, after the break…

House Van Leeuwen / Jagerjanssen Architects BNA

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Architects: Jagerjanssen Architects BNA
Location: ,
Design Team: Alex Jager, Rogier Janssen, Cisca de Jong
Area: 221.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Ossip Architectuurfotografie

The Thermal Baths in Bad Ems / 4a Architekten

© David Matthiessen

Location: Viktoriaallee 25, 56130 Bad Ems,
Architect In Charge: Martin Schweizer
Design Team: Christian Vörmann, Swantje Hanussek
Area: 0.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Matthiessen

Courtesy of Median Magazine
Courtesy of Median Magazine

Median Magazine Call for Contributions: Post-Industrial Issue

Median, a magazine that focuses on exploring pressing societal issues, recently launched their open call for contributions for their upcoming ‘Post-Industrial’ issue. As cities around the world experience tremendous declines from their industrial peaks, it is critical to re-imagine the…

W-House / VMX Architects

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Architects: VMX Architects
Location: ,
Project Manager: Leon Teunissen
Architect: Don Murphy
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2005
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Courtesy of The International Green Roof Association (IGRA)
Courtesy of The International Green Roof Association (IGRA)

3rd International Green Roof Congress 2013

The latest technological developments and new areas of application in the field of Green Roofs will be presented at the 3rd International Green Roof Congress, which will be held in Hamburg. Organized by The International Green Roof Association (IGRA), the…

Wanda Academy / HYHW Architecture Consulting

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Architects: HYHW Architecture Consulting
Location: , Hebei, China
Design Team: HYHW, ove Arup, Hassell, Kekelan, China BCEL
Area: 133300.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Shu He Photography

Courtesy of Barcode Architects
Courtesy of Barcode Architects

Multi-Functional Headquarters of Edel AG Competition Entry / Barcode Architects & Habiter Autrement

Designed by Barcode Architects & Habiter Autrement…, their proposal for the multi-functional headquarters of Edel AG in Berlin contains a strong mix of program with public functions as an art gallery, café, bookshop and auditorium, versus private functions as

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Best from last week, just in case you missed it. The main image belong to Alcácer do Sal Residences by the great portuguese architect, Aires Mateus. Revisit, Lara Rios House & Atelier designed by F541 Arquitectura. Don’t miss  Maja’s House  by Ultra Architects, a beautiful ‘tree house’ based in Herzog & de Meuron’s Rudin House or the Studio House, designed by german practice, fabi architekten bda. Finally, check out The Curving House by JOHO Architecture.

Coupled House / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

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Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Location: , Japan
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

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Jury Announced for Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013: Close, Closer

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale has announced the panel of judges for this year’s projects. The panel will be composed of important architects like Bjarke Ingels of BIG, Minsuk Cho of Mass Studies, Phillippe Rahm of Philippe Rahm Architects and Luis Santiago Baptista… of

Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

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The Getty Trust is partnering with Pacific Standard Time to present 11 individual exhibitions throughout LA’s museums that will explore the history and heritage of the city’s modern architecture and its influential designers.  As musician, photographer and architectural blogger Moby boasts, “LA has the most diverse architecture of any city on the planet”.  Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA will explore this diversity that covers post World War II architecture through today with specific points of view ranging in architectural style, influence and decade.  The exhibitions, which will run from April through July 2013, are a follow-up to last year’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA, 1945-1980. The focus of the exhibitions will range in scale and cover the monumental and everyday architectural moments that make LA unique.  Exhibitions will present iconic modernist homes and cultural landmarks as well as coffee shops, car washes, and the freeways in addition to  the un-built architectural fantasies of modernism and post-modernism.

Follow us after the break for the eleven exhibitions that will be part of PST’s event.

House in Tigre / FILM-Obras de Arquitectura

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Architects: FILM-Obras de Arquitectura
Location: , Buenos Aires
Design Team: Carlos Fernández, Jorge Isaías, Gabriel Lanosa, Claudio Maslat
Collaborators: Pablo Fernandez, Nicolas Waldman, Martin Vallera
Structural: Pedro Gea
Area: 563.46 sqm
Year: 2011
Photography: Courtesy of FILM-Obras de Arquitectura

Kaprys House / Galera Estudio

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Location: , Buenos Aires, Argentina
Architect In Charge: Ariel Galera
Design Team: Horacio Riga, Diego Ballario, Veronica Coleman
Area: 190 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Diego Medina

Courtesy of Tekhnê Architects
Courtesy of Tekhnê Architects

Beauséjour ZAC: Tropical Town Urban Development Proposal / Tekhnê Architects

Recently honored in the first edition of the ‘OFF du dévelopment durable’ as ‘sustainable and desirable area’ and awarded in the recent ‘Barème carbone’ Prize, Tekhnê Architects…‘ proposal for the Urban Development project of Beausejour ZAC in La Réunion

Navarra Parliament / Otxotorena Arquitectos

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Architects: Otxotorena
Location: , Navarre,
Area: 11,062 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

Video: Reading Station Redevelopment Update / Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects shared with us their construction update video on the Station redevelopment, which consists of the  existing station facilities being enhanced with two new entrances and by the addition of a new transfer bridge over the tracks, designed to accommodate a 100% uplift in passenger growth.  One of the major interchanges of the south east, and one of the busiest stations outside London, it is also the Great Western Main Line’s biggest constraint in terms of performance and capacity in its current form.