The World Design Ranking (WDR) has confirmed its prestigious list for 2016. WDR ranks all countries based on the number of designers that have been granted an A' Design Award – the international prize that is juried by a multidisciplinary panel of designers, professors, entrepreneurs, journalists and publishers annually.

The new rankings show the United States coming out on top, pulling ahead of the other 87 countries represented. Italy takes second place, while England comes in third. The extensive list takes into account awards won by 396 designers worldwide. 

Australia takes 21st position naming a diverse mix of product, interior designers and architects in its list of top five designers including Simon Colabufalo, Angela Spindler of Depot Creative, Chris Knierim, Michael Chijoff and CoMa Interior Architecture Studio. CEO of Designer Constructions Group, Chris Knierim, is the highest-ranking winner in the construction sector in third place. Knierim’s practice has a slew of awards under its belt at both international and national level. In 2014, the Forest Lodge ECO House by Chris Knierim scooped the top prize for the Single Dwelling category at the Sustainability Awards.

In the Architecture, Building and Structure Design Classification, the top five winners come from a truly international background with Marwan Zgheib representing Lebanon in first place followed by Agi Architects from Kuwait, Hong Kong-based Aedas, Kris Lin from China and Polish firm Ingarden & Ewý Architects Ltd.

2016 demonstrates a growth in the number of countries participating in WDR as it welcomes nations that have traditionally held a more low-key reputation in the design and architecture field. These newcomers include the likes of Montenegro, Malta, Liechtenstein, Azerbaijan, Georgia.

Click here to see how each country ranked in 2016