Top 10 architectural firms in the world

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The global architectural engineering and construction solutions markets is said to be growing at a rate of more than 12% according to the latest market reports. Key factors driving growth in the architectural industry include growth in the global construction industry. In addition, there is growth in investments in intelligent processing as well as the increase in investment in smart cities. Below are the top 10 architectural firms in the world;

Aecom (USA)

Aecom has featured in Fortune magazine’s most admired companies for six consecutive years. It is one of the architectural firms in the world. The company has a wide network of operations with services ranging from architecture, design, engineering, archaeology, and risk management. The company reported $20.2 billion in the 2019 financial year.

The company’s project portfolio includes international airports like Hong Kong, Sydney, LAX, JFK, and Abu Dhabi among others. Aecom has also worked on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and Singapore’s Marina Bay. The company has its main offices in Los Angeles and has 87,000 employees spread across the world.

Aedas (Hong Kong)

Aedas has been in operation since 2002 and was formed following the merger of three companies from the UK, Australia, and Hong Kong. The company has 1,400 employees spread out in its 12 offices. Aedas believes in operating in a diverse world. This is why its directors come from several cultural backgrounds. In addition to offering architectural services, Aedas also offers interior and urban design. The company recently scooped nines awards at the 2020 International Design Awards.


BDP has a total of 950 workers and the second-largest architectural company in the U.K. The company has its headquarters in Manchester with eight more offices around the country. BDP also has global offices in China, UAE, India, Canada, and Singapore. The company has formed in 1961 but merged with Japanese engineer Nippon Koei in 2016 giving it a global outlook.

BDP’s recent projects include the Liverpool One development and Melbourne City Waterfront. The company announced the highest turnover of £106.8 million in 2019.

DLR Group (USA)

DLR Groups mainly deals with sustainable design and was among the early signatories to the Architecture 2030 Challenge. It is one of the top architectural firms in the world. The company has also signed the AIA 2030 Commitment and China Accord. DLR Groups’ commitment to sustainability can be seen in many of its projects like the solar canopy at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. DLP Group offers services like architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, preservation, and energy.

DP Architects (Singapore)

DP Architects has been in operation since 1967and has 16 offices in Asia. The company has a wide network in Singapore including the master planning of the iconic Golden Mile Complex and the Orchard Road retail area. The company has more than 1,100 employees.

Foster and Partners (UK)

Foster and Partners was founded in 1967 by lead ‘starchitect’, Norman Foster. The company, which has its headquarters in the UK has 1,600 employees and a network of branches around the world. Foster and Partners is a recipient of the Aga Khan Award once, the Stirling Prize three times, among other awards. The company’s projects include Millennium Bridge, the new Wembley Stadium, the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), and City Hall. In 2019, Foster and Partners reported revenues amounting to £258 million.

Gensler (USA)

Gensler is a US-based company with operations in 48 cities around the world. The company has more than 6,000 employees and reported revenues of $1.2 billion in 2018. Gensler has been in operation since 1965 and has its headquarters in San Francisco.


HDR has been in the industry since 1917 and has its headquarters in Omaha. The company has more than 10,000 employees spread around the world. HDR has over 225 offices in Europe, Australia, and Asia. The employee-owned company has a turn over of $2.2billion per year.

Heerim Architects and Planners (South Korea)

Founded in 1970, Heerim is the largest architectural company in South Korea.  The company has a staff of 1,200 and offers a wide range of services including construction, lighting, and management. Heerim has its headquarters in Seoul and had 13 offices spread around the world.


HKS mainly deals in research-based architectural practice culture and has a lab dedicated to research at its Dallas Head Quarters. The firm was founded in 1939 and has worked on high profile projects like the Atlantic Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas, 311 South Wacker Drive in Chicago, and a number of stadiums across the US. HKS has employed 1,400 people in 24 offices.

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