In January this year, UK publication Building Design (BD) Magazine’s annual compendium of the world’s biggest architectural practices revealed that Australia has 8 of the top 100 firms in the world for 2011.

Increasing from six architectural firms in 2010 to eight in 2011 confirms Australia’s presence as a forerunner in the worldwide architectural industry.

Eight months on and with a host of award winning projects under their belts, these Australian architectural companies continue to demonstrate why they were placed within the world’s top 100.

Ranking 33rd and heading up the Australian contingent, Hassell’s aesthetically stunning one40william project in Perth is one of many recent projects. The company also took out a silver award for architecture and interiors at the Spark Awards for its Australian High Speed Vehicle (A-HSV), a concept train that reaches speeds of 400km per hour.

Placed 41st, HBO+EMTB’s refurbishment of 50 Pitt achieved Sydney’s first Green Star - Office Design rating for an existing office building. The company’s Lilyfield Housing was also the first social housing project in Australia to receive a 5 Green Star rating, leading to a 2011 Sustainable Development Award from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Ranked 42nd, Cox Architects was the winner of the 2011 "What’s Your Big Idea Queensland" and was presented with an award and funding to turn their ‘bushfire resistant buildings’ idea into reality. Additionally, its AAMI Park stadium took out three of the top Australian Institute of Architects’ 2011 Victorian Architecture Awards earlier in the year.

Coming in as the 4th biggest Australian architectural firm at 49th, Woodhead recently designed the Flinders Medical Centre, New South Wing Redevelopment in Adelaide which has been recognised as the first 5-star Green Star ‘As Designed’ Certification for a Healthcare project.

New entrant into the BD top 100 list, BVN Architecture was commendably placed 51st, making it the 5th largest Australian architectural company. Its Youth Mental Health Building at the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) in Sydney won three awards and was also awarded International Health Design Award High Commendation, RAIA NSW Sulman Award for Public Architecture and RIBA International Award for Architectural Excellence.

Woods Bagot was also a new entrant on to the list at 69. The company has completed a number of award winning projects in 2011 including the Australian Institute of Architects Public Architecture Award - Alterations and Additions for its Deakin University Building in Melbourne. The firm was also presented with the 2011 Large Architecture Firm of the Year Award at the Middle East Architect Awards.

Stealing up the list from 98th to 81st, Thomson Adsett Architects collaborated with Studio 39 this year, resulting in a regional commendation from the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2011 Central Queensland Regional Architecture Awards for the Yaamba Road Pedestrian Overpass. The company has also recently completed an inspirational design for the new headquarters of the Port of Brisbane Corporation.

Another new entrant to the BD Top 100 Architecture firms, Denton Corker Marshall was placed 85th. The firm had the pleasure this year of receiving critical acclaim from the 2011 Victorian Architectural Awards for two projects 30 years apart; Gallery House and One Collins Street. Gallery house won an award for Residential Architecture - Alterations and Additions while the One Collins Street, completed in 1985, was awarded an Enduring Architecture Award.

The broad ranging and award winning architecture experience shared by these architectural firms is surely testament to Australia’s prowess within the global industry, ensuring they retain a permanent place on international rankings.