Top 100 Architecture Firms

© Joe Pugliese

Architect Magazine‘s third-annual ranking of American architecture firms takes a look at three factors: profitability, sustainability, and design quality. This whole picture approach provides an opportunity for small and large firms to go head to head, with a result of the best architecture firms, not necessarily the biggest.

Some of these practices have been featured on ArchDaily like Perkins + Will, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Cannon Design, and Frank Harmon Architect.

Take a look at the complete rankings after the break.

1 Perkins + Will
2 Smithgroup
3 William Rawn Associates
4 Skidmore Owings & Merrill
5 Ann Beha Architects
6 Sasaki Associates
7 Ikon.5 Architects
8 DLR Group
9 ZGF Architects
11 Machado and Silvetti Associates
12 HOK
13 Payette
14 Cannon Design
15 Fentress Architects
16 Gensler
17 H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
18 Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
19 Westlake Reed Leskosky
20 RNL Design
21 Frank Harmon Architect
22 The Miller Hull Partnership
23 RBB Architects
23 Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
25 LMN Architects
26 HGA Architects and Engineers
27 NAC|Architecture
28 Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
29 Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects
32 Ross Barney Architects
33 Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
34 EYP Architecture & Engineering
35 Gould Evans
35 EHDD Architecture
37 Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
40 Architectural Resources Cambridge
41 Jeffrey M. Kalban & Associates Architecture
42 Ayers Saint Gross Architects and Planners
43 Cunningham | Quill Architects
44 Sera Architects
45 Richard + Bauer Architect
47 KMD Architects
48 Julie Snow Architects
49 Lake Flato Architects
50 SRG Partnership
51 EwingCole
52 Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects
53 Perkins Eastman
54 Ennead
55 Steven Ehrlich Architects
56 Ballinger
57 Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners
58 Sorg Architects
59t SfL+a architects
59t Mackey Mitchell
61 HKS
62t PageSoutherlandPage
62t KlingStubbins
64 Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
65 Studios Architecture
66 Cook + Fox
67 CO Architects
68 Davis Brody Bond Aedas
69 Ratcliff Architecture
70 VOA
71 Goody Clancy
72 Shepley Bulfinch
73 Fanning Howey
74 Robert A.M. Stern Architects
75 Goettsch Partners
77 Hord Coplan Macht
78 RDG Planning & Design
79 Hickok Cole Architects
80 Leo A Daly
81 Design Collective, Inc.
82 Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company
83 cbt architects
84 DesignLAB
85t Lord Aeck & Sargent
85t Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
87 AC Martin Partners
88 Gresham Smith and Partners
89 The S/L/A/M Collaborative
90t Flad Architects
90t BRPH Co.
92 Moseley Architects
93 BLT Architects
94t SHW Group LLP
94t SHoP Architects
97 Populous
98 Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
99 Solomon Cordwell Buenz
100 HMC Architects

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Top 100 Architecture Firms" 17 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>


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    Clearly the BEST firms…

    The whole concept of finding out “truly best” firms seems rather funny.

  2. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    Oh gosh.
    The only solution to work for a company like this is probably set up your own company and be as good as them

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    Guessing that design quality is not as important as profitability and sustainability in this ranking.

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    so many people personally offended by this list…it’s almost comical. when profitability is a factor, then yes…most likely corporate firms will rank highly. this isn’t a top 100 list of your personal masturbatory list of high-design excellence that build one majestic building every ten years.

    for the other half of name-checkers, i understand reading comprehension wasn’t exactly high on the architecture curriculum. but do pay attention to the part of the article that states “american architecture firms.”

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    The list should be called:

    Top 100 Market-Driven, Unprovocative, Paradigmatic American Firms

    Architect Magazine should just remove the “sustainability” and “design quality” criteria altogether. That way we’ll know where to apply for jobs once our convictions have gone by the wayside and we just want to get paid…

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      if you’re so well-off that you can afford to get paid less than $1000 per month at the nyc office of OMA, then you can go work for a star architect’s firm and slave your life away. yeah if your parents are able to pay you instead, since obviously you cannot support yourself with that kind of salary.

      some of us need money to live. i am sad that i probably will not be able to design too much, hopefully working at a corporate firm but i sure will be happy that i can provide myself with a roof over my head.

      i don’t just want to get paid, i want to get paid enough so that i can LIVE

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    What can I say? Americans have serious problems with architecture… No wonder why so many young architects come to Europe…

  7. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    Its the Top 100 of American architecture firms.

    Americans are over-represented and all are in the top !

    We are not fooled..

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    ok this dosnt look rather right to me, I mean where are the big companis like AECOM, WS Atkins now oporates in the US, so looks like its not complete !!!!

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    i that the list is not complete without Athkins, since they’r now in America. Or is it only for American indigenous firm?

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    i felt that the list is not complete without Athkins, since they’r now in America. Or is it only for American indigenous firm?

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    It’s a bit sad that profit is valued higher than the actual architecture. It makes this a list of the most profitable architectural firms, and far from a “best”-list. Most of these firms makes good, but really dull architecture, and in that way does nothing for architecture as a profession.

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    If you replace ‘architect’ with ‘designer’, and ‘sustainable’ with ‘the marginal level of sustainability that LEED certification requires’, then Richard+Bauer belongs on the list.

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