Top 250 US Architectural Firms

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It’s that time of the year. Architectural Record has published their list of Top 250 architecture firms. The companies are ranked according to revenue for architectural services performed in 2009 in $ millions.

The list is compiled from a survey conducted for Engineering News-Record’s annual Top 500 Design Firms Sourcebook. As last year, number 1 was for AECOM Technology Corporation, an engineer-architect firm from Los Angeles, California.

The firms classify themselves by:

A = Architect
AE = Architect-Engineer
AP = Architect Planner
EA = Engineer-Architect
AEC = Architect-Engineer-Contractor

See the top 25 after the break.

1. AECOM Technology Corporation (EA)
2. Gensler (A)
3. URS Corporation (EAC)
4. Perkins + Will (A)
5. HDR (AE)
6. HOK (AE)
7. HKS (AE)
8. Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (AE)
9. NBBJ (A)
10. Leo A Daly (AE)
11. Cannon Design (AE)
12. RTKL Associates (AE)
13. Populous (A)
14. Callison (A)
15. SmithGroup (AE)
16. Bechtel (ECA)
17. ZGF Architects LLP (A)
18. Perkins Eastman (A)
19. Fentress Architects (A)
20. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (A)
21. Burt Hill (AE)
22. Rafael Viñoly Architects PC (A)
23. HMC Architects (A)
24. Ellerbe Becket Inc. (AE)
25. Corgan Associates (A)

See the complete list here.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Top 250 US Architectural Firms" 09 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • curious

    I can’t believe that a list of the “Top 250 US Architectural Firms” is based solely on revenue.

    In millions.


  • franklin romero


    An accountant must’ve compiled this list, or someone that could tell the difference between BIG NUMBERS and small numbers. not Architecture.

  • wolf

    for all who will complain that its based on revenue

    what? are you gonna tell me that you dont want to be on this list?? i’d love to be, hell i PLAN to be

    • These aren`t necessarily most caring about staff either. Could be managers and shareholders make them top the list.

    • internautas

      If you want to be on that list then you are not an architect. Don’t read archdaily. read economist and design ugly buildings.

      • richard

        I’ve worked at two of those firms – probably did more designing there than at my current smaller firm. Debating going back to one.

    • Zachary Zhang

      Which position is your company now? In top 500?

  • Scott

    Wow, a lot of negative comments. Thanks for posting this.

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  • Joanne

    The firm I work for has risen substantially on this list. There isn’t a firm or a company out there that cares more about their people than my firm. We also design superb, cost-effective facilities and have a tremendously talented staff. I am not management or owner either just a very happy employee.

  • Ron

    Try to look at it this way, and understand that the larger revenue (thru AR services) means more projects done/completed… the more those firms practiced architecture during the time of survey.

  • Small Cheese

    Why so much negative comments here? I think in this case it all goes down to revenues, how do you expect a firm to be on the list with very low revenue?

    • Zachary Zhang

      Would you mind to tell me how many architectural firm in America?

    • Zachary Zhang

      Maybe it’s not reliable

  • Sunil pal

    very nice