The 100 largest firm’s in the world have been named by UK publication Building Design, and Australia makes up six of them. HASSELL came in at spot number 25 with 352 employees, Cox is in joint 29th place, with 300 employees, HBO+EMTB were ranked 32nd , with 272 employees, Woodhead at 35th with 245 employees, and Eastern States firms Bates Smart and Thomson Adestt came in at 58th and 98th respectively. (Just a note – I can’t seem to find the reference document for this one, so not sure if this is ’employees’ or ‘architects’.)
In terms of gross profit (no idea how they get this information, but anyway…) HASSELL was ranked equal fifth position with $17.5 million, HBO+EMTB were at seventh with $16.5 million and Bates Smart at tenth with $10 million. Firstly, that doesn’t really seem like a lot does it, when you think of what equivalent sized law firms, business, finance etc might make…it would be interesting to see if that comparison is ever made. Secondly, strange that three Australian firms came in the top ten for gross profit, even thought we were nowhere near the top ten for size – perhaps we are overpaid!!!