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Building design

Building Design
Building Design magazine logo.jpg
Building Design magazine cover, 2013.jpg
Editor Amanda Baillieu
Ellis Woodman (Executive Editor)
Categories Architecture
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 7,698 (2013) Decrease
Company United Business Media
Country United Kingdom
Language English
ISSN 0007-3423

Building Design, or BD, is a weekly architectural magazine and digital title in the United Kingdom.

BD was launched in 1970 by publisher Morgan Grampian as a closed circulation weekly as high-tech architecture was just starting to take-off. It ceased its print edition in March 2014, remaining a digital only publication.

Unlike most other architectural publications BD’s editors, with a few exceptions, are journalists not architects.

In 2006, the last year of the independent ABC circulation reports, the magazine had a circulation of over 23,000, with 21,500 circulated free to professional and industry related subscriptions.

By 2013 BD reported had a circulation of 7,698. Its website,, has 89,000 registered users and receives around 45,000 unique visitors a week, who generate over 750,000 page impressions a month. BD's circulation figures are independently assured by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The magazine stopped free access to news, blogs and video content on its website in September 2010 when it introduced a subscription for full access.

The publishing company is UBM Built Environment, a division of United Business Media, which also publishes Building and Property Week.

BD hosts the Architect of the Year Awards and Young Architect of the Year in central London attended by approximately 6000 guests.

The Architect of the Year Awards reward the UK's top architectural practices behind excellent built projects. Since their launch in 2004, the awards have grown in size and stature, featuring entries and attendance from leading practices, and have become firmly established as a key event in the architectural calendar. The awards night is now one of the largest gatherings of architects in the UK.

The Young Architect of the Year Award recognises and rewards Europe's most promising new architects and practices. Previous winners have included Coffey Architects, Jonathan Hendry, Serie Architects, David Kohn Architects, Hackett Hall McKnight, Carmody Groarke, Nord and Lynch Architects.

BD publishes an annual ranking of the world's biggest architecture practices known as the World Architecture 100. The listing is distributed to the top FTSE 100 companies as well as BD subscribers and is available to buy online.

The Carbuncle Cup is BD's prize for the worst new architecture in the UK. It has been running since 2006, when it was launched as a humorous counterpart to the Stirling Prize.



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