NASCAR Hall of Fame / Pei Cobb Freed & Partners © Paul Warchol
ARCHITECT Magazine has released their fourth annual ranking of the most “powerful, philanthropic, talented and profitable” architecture firms in the United States. Don’t be fooled, this doesn’t necessarily mean the biggest firms, as the survey uses the broadest possible criteria to allow practices, both small and large, the opportunity to compete and be recognized.
Firms are ranked by profitability, sustainability and design quality. For the first time this year, the survey included pro bono work and water modeling in response to the challenging realities of the economy, natural disasters and drought.
Additionally, the survey revealed that 66% of the firms reported an increase in their net revenue from 2010 to 2011. No surprise there, when considering the slow, overall improvement of the ABI (
check out the latest ABI report here). DLR Group; Omaha, Neb. William Rawn Associates; Boston HOK; St. Louis Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF); Portland, Ore. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; New York Westlake Reed Leskosky; Cleveland Skidmore Owings & Merrill; New York Payette; Boston SmithGroupJJR, Detroit Cannon Design; Grand Island, N.Y. HDR Architecture; Omaha, Neb. Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz Architects (KMD); San Francisco Centerbrook Architects and Planners; Centerbrook, Conn. Perkins+Will; Chicago Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee; Raleigh, N.C. BNIM; Kansas City Frank Harmon Architect; Raleigh, N.C. HGA Architects and Engineers; Minneapolis Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects; San Francisco RNL; Denver EYP Architecture & Engineering; Albany, N.Y. EHDD; San Francisco Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; New Orleans NBBJ; Seattle Sasaki Associates; Watertown, Mass. The Miller Hull Partnership; Seattle AECOM; Los Angeles Lord Aeck & Sargent; Atlanta H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; New York RBB Architects; Los Angeles LMN Architects; Seattle Richärd+Bauer; Phoenix Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; San Francisco Goettsch Partners; Chicago Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Chicago LPA; Irvine, Calif. HKS Architects; Dallas Ratcliff Architects; Emeryville, Calif. Studios Architecture; Washington, D.C. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting; Charlotte, N.C. Ehrlich Architects; Culver City, Calif. Good Fulton & Farrell; Dallas Robert A.M. Stern Architects; New York Ross Barney Architects; Chicago Tsoi/Kobus & Associates; Cambridge, Mass. FxFowle; New York Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC); Cambridge, Mass. Ann Beha Architects; Boston PBK Architects; Houston Clark Nexsen; Norfolk, Va.
Top 50 in Business: Ranked according to net revenue per employee and change in net revenue from fiscal year 2010. RBB Architects; Los Angeles Mojo Stumer Associates; Greenvale, N.Y. FreemanWhite; Charlotte, N.C. William Rawn Associates; Boston Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz Architects (KMD); San Francisco
View complete business list here.
Top 50 in Sustainability: Ranked according to their commitment to sustainability practices and the green certifications of their projects Westlake Reed Leskosky; Cleveland EHDD; San Francisco Pearce Brinkly Cease + Lee; Raleigh, NC William Rawn Associates; Boston RNL; Denver
View complete sustainability list here.
Top 50 in Design Excellence/Pro Bono: Ranked according to the awards they have won for their design and their commitment to pro bono work. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; NY Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF); Portland, OR BNIM; Kansas City HOK; St. Louis DLR Group; Omaha, Neb.
View complete Design Excellence/Pro Bono list here.
Compare this year’s list to the
. 2011 Top 100 Architecture Firms