Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm, has been named the world’s biggest architecture practice for the sixth year in a row by Building Design. Every year Building Design surveys the world’s biggest architecture practices to create a report that is one of the most respected annual publications in the industry.
The US-based firm, founded in 1965 has retained its crown despite losing more than 300 architects in the previous year, a drop of 11%. Still the firm has 2,506 architects in its muster, far ahead of closest rival, Japan’s Nikken Sekkei which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with 1,960 architects.
Gensler is a global firm having offices at 48 locations and more than 6,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. However, this year has seen several new entries in the top 100.
Building Design’s famous Big List ranks practices from every continent by number of fee-earning architects, while the report’s many other tables reveal which firms have been the biggest earners in every region, sector and specialism in the last year.
Across the whole WA100, the number of architects contracted by a modest 7.5% or 2,783. But remarkably, given the tumultuous events on the world stage, this year’s survey indicates that billings at the world’s four biggest architects almost doubled to nearly $4bn.