Boogertman + Partners has been ranked 96th in UK architecture journal Building Design’s annual survey of the world’s biggest architecture firms, the BD 2018 World Architecture 100 (WA100). That makes it the number one (and only) architecture firm in Africa on the list. This position also marks a jump of nine places up from last year, when Boogertman + Partners was also rated among the publication’s “ones to watch” list, which reflects the firm’s recent success.
Bob van Bebber, director at Boogertman + Partners, says, “This ranking indicates a trend of positive growth and development at Boogertman + Partners, and also indicates increasing opportunities in Africa and the Middle East, where Boogertman + Partners operates.”
The BD 2018 World Architecture 100 is published in January each year and stands as the definitive and most respected annual survey of the world’s largest practices. The listing ranks firms according to the number of fee-earning architects they employ, and includes annual earnings. It serves as a valuable source of insight into architectural growth trends and opportunities.
Boogertman + Partners employs 96 registered architects among a staff of 260 and has been the top-ranked South African architecture firm on the list for 2 years in a row.
Van Bebber adds that the firm’s ranking on the WA100 indicates confidence in the industry and opportunities for growth. Boogertman + Partners’ emphasis on projects throughout Africa and its ongoing quest for design excellence have contributed to this prestigious ranking. The firm’s diverse portfolio of projects and wide range of talent and expertise among its employees places it in a good position for future growth.
2017 was a stand-out year for Boogertman + Partners, marking the completion of several landmark projects, including the 110,000m² Discovery Place, the new Werksmans head-office in Sandton, and the Menlyn on Maine precinct in Pretoria. These projects indicate the firm’s ongoing positive performance. These successes also fuel opportunities for Boogertman + Partners to continue its tradition of nurturing talent and supporting transformation in the architectural field though sponsorships and scholarship programmes.
Van Bebber adds, “This ranking is a tribute to the talent and hard work of the teams in all the offices at Boogertman + Partners, where we place huge emphasis on our collaborative approach, and on the importance of understanding architecture not merely as building, but also as part of a a geographical, social, economic, cultural and aesthetic context. Our new position on the WA ‘Big List’ encourages us as we strive to improve people’s wellbeing through our built environment.”
About Boogertman + Partners
Boogertman + Partners is a locally and internationally acclaimed studio for architecture, interior design, urban design and graphic design. Established in 1982, Boogertman + Partners has grown to become Africa’s largest architecture firm with offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Kenya, and projects throughout Africa and the Middle East.
Boogertman + Partners is led by a dynamic team of directors who share a vision for innovative and contextually responsible design. They work closely with urban designers, landscape architects, interior designers, architects and technicians in a collaborative creative process that seeks to find holistic solutions to each individual brief. As gold founder members of the Green Building Council of South Africa, Boogertman + Partners fully supports the environmentally sustainable transformation of the built environment.
Boogertman + Partners believes that architecture and urban design have the ability to generate social, economic and environmental value beyond their immediate parameters, and actively seeks to contribute meaningfully to the wellbeing of individuals and each project’s broader context, prioritising human centred design. Boogertman + Partners actively contributes to skills development, research and transformation in the field of architecture.
Notable projects include Soccer City in Soweto, Discovery Place in Sandton, BMW’s Head Office in Midrand and Menlyn Main in Pretoria.