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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Leadership Team: Nik Karalis, Rodger Dalling, Ivan Kokrhelj, Peter Korkolis, Gordana Ticak, Bruno Mendes
  • Design Partner: NHArchitecture
  • Area: 66000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Keystone Office Building / EM2N

  • Architects: EM2N
  • Location: Karlin, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Client: Real Estate Karlín Group a.s.
  • Area: 11600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges

AD Classics: Chicago Federal Center / Mies van der Rohe

The Chicago Federal Center, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1974, actually consists of three buildings which are arranged around and define the Chicago Federal Plaza. On the eastern side of South Dearborn Street sits the 30-story Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. On the western side, the 42-story John C. Kluczynski Federal Building and the single story Post Office define the plaza.

Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig

GSO Nürnberg Information Centre Competition Entry / Studio DMTW

The new information centre, designed by Studio DMTW, aims to be the central representative identification point in the overall context of the Georg-Simon-Ohm-Hochschule. With the program including a library with an open reading area, individual working spaces, and several seminar and meeting facilities, the design stipulates a clear structuring for all the functions with regard to both the outdoor areas and the new building itself. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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, Norway unless otherwise noted with the first lecture taking place this coming Thursday, February 14th. The series will focus on the differences and commonalities between analogue and digital workflows. Keynote speakers include Michael Hansmeyer, Anette Spiro and Lund &Skare. For more information, please visit here.

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 future of the Post-Industrial City. They are looking for innovative ideas from public policy, urban design, economics, or architecture that can contribute to shaping the post-industrial landscape’s uncertain future. Submissions are due no later than March 31. For more information, please visit here.

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 event will take place May 13-15, where acknowledged international Green Roof experts from various disciplines will discuss the status quo and the future trends of Green Roofs with architects, designers, landscape contractors and more. If you are interested in ‘Building with Nature’, this unique event will encompass a range of related topics  To register, and for more information, please visit here.

The Lighthouse Young People’s Centre / Associated Architects

© Craig Holmes
© Craig Holmes
  • Architects: Associated Architects
  • Location: 100 Alma Way , B19 2LN Birmingham
  • Area: 1930.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Craig Holmes

© Craig Holmes © Craig Holmes © Craig Holmes © Craig Holmes

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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 UK (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...

Rotermann's Old and New Flour Storage / HGA (Hayashi-Grossschmidt Arhitektuur)

  • Architects: HGA (Hayashi – Grossschmidt Arhitektuur)
  • Location: Tallin, Estonia
  • Architect In Charge: Hanno Grossschmidt, Tomomi Hayashi, Yoko Azukawa
  • Design Team: Hanno Grossschmidt, Tomomi Hayashi, Yoko Azukawa
  • Structural Engineer: Neoprojekt
  • Project Management: Projektipea
  • General Contractor: KMG Ehitus
  • Area: 9002.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Martin Siplane, Arne Maasik, Sven Soome, Tomomi Hayashi, Reio Avaste, Courtesy of Rotermann City

© Martin Siplane © Arne Maasik © Sven Soome © Tomomi Hayashi

W-House / VMX Architects

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

© Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch

The AIA Elevates 122 Members and Seven International Architects to the College of Fellows

The 2013 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 122 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. The 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2013 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Denver.

In Progress: Infinity Tower / SOM

© SOM
© SOM
  • Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural And Plumbing Engineering: SOM
  • Site Area: 3,026.50 m2
  • Project Area: 111,484 m2
  • Building Height: 307m (73 stories)
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: SOM

© SOM © SOM © SOM © SOM

Water-Moon Monastery / Artech Architects

© Jeffrey Cheng
© Jeffrey Cheng
  • Architects: Artech Architects
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Architect In Charge: Kris Yao
  • Design Team: Hua-Yi Chang、Kuo-Lung Lee、Wen-Li Liu、Jen-Ying Kuo、Yvonne Lee、Chin Tai、Jun-Ren Chou、Yi-Heng Lin、David Chang
  • Area: 8422.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng

i-SKI /

  • Architects: ACCENT DESIGN GROUP
  • Location: Faqra, Lebanon
  • Lead Architect: Elie ABS
  • Design Team: Charbel Karam, Elie Mattar, Rita Tedy
  • Client: OMBA
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ACCENT DESIGN GROUP

Courtesy of ACCENT DESIGN GROUP Courtesy of ACCENT DESIGN GROUP Courtesy of ACCENT DESIGN GROUP Courtesy of ACCENT DESIGN GROUP