Global studio Woods Bagot has been ranked 7th in Building Design’s (BD) annual World Architecture 100 list for 2015.
January 9th, 2015
Woods Bagot is also No 1 in Australasia, No 7 in Offices, No 9 in Retail, No 9 in Residential, No 10 in Transportation, No 9 in Interior Design, No 6 in Planning and No 8 in Consulting.
BD’s annual survey of global architecture practices, ‘World Architecture 100’ uses data collected by UK communications agency Camargue.
In 2014, all Woods Bagot regions have been strong in growth, with particularly strong performance in North America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
The residential sector has been extremely strong in key global cities such as New York, London, Sydney and Melbourne. Commercial and mixed use developments have been booming in Asia and Australia. Many countries continue to invest solidly in transport infrastructure, particularly Aviation and rail in Australia, North America and the Middle East.
“Our strategy for moving away from a headquartered ‘hub and spoke’ business model to a disaggregated matrix structure has meant that as a firm of Australian origin, not only is more than 60% of our revenues won outside our country of origin, over 50% is delivered outside our country of origin. We believe we may be the only firm in the top 10 largest with this profile,” said Woods Bagot Managing Director Ross Donaldson.
“We have found that our focus on career development has led to four of our six largest studios being led by women between the ages of 35-45. Women lead our studios in Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai, Sydney and Melbourne. We see this trend increasing with 42% of our staff being female. Women lead at both the frontier and the homeland,” said Donaldson.
Woods Bagot’s global approach to business has resulted in a series of global partnerships with clients, particularly Chinese and Singapore investors and developers working with Woods Bagot across its global portfolio.
“Being global is about much more than having studios across the world. We are now working with some of our Chinese clients across London, the US and Australia, as well as China,” said Woods Bagot Australian Executive Chairman Mark Mitcheson Low.
“We also are working with many Singapore-based clients in Australia, as well as Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and China, as well as Singapore,” said Mitcheson Low.
Woods Bagot’s most significant projects in 2014 include: Stadio Della Roma football stadium in Rome, Italy; 1 William Street commercial tower in Brisbane, Australia; Delhi One mixed-use complex in India; Chongqing 101 tower in China; Christchurch Convention Centre in New Zealand; Nan Tien Education and Cultural Centre in Wollongong, Australia; Sunshine Insurance Headquarters commercial tower in Beijing, China; and Farpoint Mega Kuningan mixed-use development in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In 2015, Woods Bagot will be opening a 17th studio in Christchurch where a team will work on multiple projects the firm is designing in New Zealand, including the Christchurch Convention Centre (JV with Warren & Mahoney). The launch of Woods Bagot’s Christchurch studio is also a reflection of the growth and numerous opportunities forecast in the city and in New Zealand in the future.
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