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Now in its second year World Architecture 100 Live is discussing issues at the heart of the global architecture community. As part of Building Design’s WA100 2023, we will be running a full-day international event talking to some of the biggest international architects about the reality of working in the global arena – from an operations, design, technological and specification perspective. Join us from 9.30am GMT on 7 February for live panel and interview sessions and exclusive content that will provide insight, advice and analysis for practices looking to expand and improve their global footprint.
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Registrants at WA100 Live sessions​
Biggest architecture firms​
Day of sessions and networking​

Tuesday 7th February


Tackling challenges: How product innovations can support the architecture sector in 2023

Whether it’s the drive for net zero, building safety or materials shortages, there are growing external considerations when it comes to designing for the built environment.  

In this session, we will explore some of the best innovations from around the world that are helping the international architecture and design sectors to tackle the issues facing the industry. They will explore how innovative approaches to meet specification requirements can support the design process and discuss what the next big things on a product front will be.  

Speakers include:

Chair: Ben Flatman Architectural editor Assemble Media Group
Laura Baron
Head of sustainability
Vishu Bhooshan
Zaha Hadid Architects
Henry Louth
Zaha Hadid Architects
Peter Caplehorn
Chief executive
Construction Products Association


Architectural innovation: The technology helping architects to design for the future

The built environment sector is facing a time of unprecedented challenge. With inflationary pressures rising, political and economic uncertainty and the climate crisis all taking centre stage the obstacles facing architecture and design practices are undeniable.

In this session we will take a look at the technological levers and solutions practices are using to design for the future. Our panel of experts will discuss how these different solutions help tackle challenges facing the sector, as well as the barriers to their implementation and how to overcome them.

Speakers include:

Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Alistair Kell
Chief information officer
Alastair Powell
Bryden Wood
Martha Tsigkari
Head of Applied R+D
Foster + Partners


Sponsored by:
Developing across borders: Delivering the built environment in a globalised world

With countries across the world becoming increasingly interconnected, a rising number of businesses are operating in multiple jurisdictions. And firms within the built environment sectors are no exception to this, meaning the question of how best to design, manage and deliver commercial projects across borders has never been more important.

In this session our panel of experts will unpack the realities of operating internationally. They will discuss both the challenges and opportunities in operating a multinational firm, designing international projects, and collaborating with transnational teams. The team will also discuss how to navigate global geopolitical events and varying regulatory markets.

Speakers include:

Chair: Jordan Marshall Special projects editor Assemble Media Group
Matías Menichetti
Jonnie Allen
Partner, marketing and business development
Chris Seymour
Head of strategy and investment – Middle East, Africa and South Asia
Mott MacDonald

Event sponsors

WA100 2023 is coming soon!

The ultimate guide to the who’s who of international architecture is back! The WA100 2023 ranks the top 100 architectural practices in the world, using data compiled by Camargue on behalf of Building Design.

It’s the only list available comparing practices around the globe making it an established reference point for international research – and you can order your copy today!

For sponsorship enquiries: Cameron Marshall, commercial director, via

For speaking enquiries: Jordan Marshall, special projects editor, via