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2008 Revenues of RECORD’s Top 250 Firms

June 2009

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By Charles Linn, FAIA

“Recession? What recession?” If Rip Van Winkle, AIA, awoke today with no knowledge of the near collapse of the economy last year, and he decided to start catching up on news of the profession by checking architectural record’s Top 250 Firms list, he might be skeptical of the rumors that we’re in one. Those architects who have not been sleeping much lately might also think he was delusional unless they just looked at the total architecture revenue for all firms on the list. Last year, it gained nearly 9 percent over 2007, going from a total of $11.5 billion to $12.5 billion. Although in most industries 9 percent growth would cause the spontaneous consumption of copious cases of champagne, the extent that individual architecture firms are unique makes it simplistic to assess the overall health of the profession by just totaling up all revenues across the board.

The trouble is that the recession never hits all firms equally. Those that rely too much on housing, commercial, and hospitality work (if you don’t know who you are, check below) got hit hard in the back of the head this year, and their pain was swift and severe. Headaches for architects who work in the hospital and education markets may have been more psychosomatic than not so far, but few were spared them.

Other misdiagnoses arise from the fact that the profession’s perceptions of how we’re doing have become distorted by year-after-year double-digit growth. Revenues for 2007 were a ridiculous 25 percent higher than they were in 2006. This is obviously unsustainable, and nearly all of the profession’s elder statesmen knew it. They just didn’t know exactly when the party would be over. Now the few who stopped expanding while work was still coming in have gone from being derided as paranoid to lauded as prophetic.

In fact, the worst may not be over, so don’t give all the aspirin to your developer and banker friends just yet. Bad news from the AIA’s Architectural Billings Index has abated only slightly in recent months, and the pressure on firms that do institutional work is building. In these markets, the suffering comes on more like a migraine: The blinding pain builds slowly, gaining relief is quite complicated — and it takes a very long time, too.

 

HOW TO USE THIS TABLE

Companies are ranked according to revenue for architectural services performed in 2008 in $ millions. Firms engaged in the business of architectural design that responded to Engineering News-Record’s annual Top 500 Design Firms survey submitted these revenue figures.

To participate in the ENR survey, which serves as the basis for this ranking next year, contact Virgilio Mendoza at 212/904-6371.

Key to how firms classify themselves:

A = Architect
AE = Architect-Engineer
AEC = Architect-Engineer-Contractor
EA = Engineer-Architect
Other combinations possible

 


Top 250 Firms: 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201- 250

 

ARCHITECTURE FIRMS RANKED ACCORDING TO 2008 REVENUE
Rank Firms listed by 2008 architecture revenue as reported to ENR in its Top 500 Design Firms Survey Type of Firm Total Architectural Revenue Domestic Architectural Revenue International Architectural Revenue Percent of Design Revenue from Architecture Total Design Revenue
101 RBB Architects Inc. Los Angeles, Calif. A 32.00 32.00 0.00 100% 32.00
102 SB Architects San Francisco, Calif. A 31.88 13.49 18.39 100% 31.88
103 Lord Aeck & Sargent Atlanta, Ga. A 31.70 31.70 0.00 100% 31.70
104 NAC|Architecture Seattle, Wash. AE 31.55 31.55 0.00 100% 31.55
105 SSOE Inc. Toledo, Ohio AE 31.35 31.35 0.00 27% 118.30
106 WWCOT Santa Monica, Calif. A 31.00 29.00 2.00 96% 32.40
107 Mancini Duffy New York, N.Y. A 30.50 28.70 1.80 100% 30.50
108 SLCE Architects LLP New York, N.Y. A 30.30 30.30 0.00 100% 30.30
109 WDG Architecture Washington, D.C. A 30.25 29.62 0.63 100% 30.25
110 KKE Architects Inc. Minneapolis, Minn. A 30.00 29.00 1.00 69% 43.20
111 The Jerde Partnership Inc. Venice, Calif. A 30.00 5.00 25.00 100% 30.00
112 CDI Engineering Solutions Philadelphia, Pa. EC 29.90 3.00 26.90 4% 675.00
113 Highland Associates Ltd. Clarks Summit, Pa. AE 29.90 29.90 0.00 100% 29.90
114 Steffian Bradley Architects Boston, Mass. A 29.70 21.20 8.50 100% 29.70
115 VLK Architects Inc. Arlington, Texas A 29.00 29.00 0.00 100% 29.10
116 RNL Denver, Colo. A 27.54 17.38 10.16 88% 31.29
117 AC Martin Los Angeles, Calif. A 27.30 27.10 0.20 96% 28.40
118 Fanning/Howey Associates Inc. Celina, Ohio AE 26.91 26.91 0.00 65% 41.41
119 Cromwell Architects Engineers Little Rock, Ark. AE 25.97 25.97 0.00 100% 25.97
120 Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Assoc. - Architects Mechanicsburg, Pa. A 25.50 25.50 0.00 100% 25.50
121 CTA Architects Engineers Billings, Mont. AE 25.37 25.20 0.17 54% 47.17
122 Shalom Baranes Associates PC Washington, D.C. A 25.32 25.32 0.00 78% 32.29
123 Karlsberger Columbus, Ohio A 24.45 24.45 0.00 75% 32.60
124 Opus Group Minnetonka, Minn. EA 24.20 24.00 0.20 69% 35.26
125 JMA Las Vegas, Nev. A 24.11 24.11 0.00 100% 24.11
126 Albert Kahn Family of Cos. (Kahn) Detroit, Mich. AE 24.00 23.30 0.70 53% 44.90
127 DeStefano Partners Chicago, Ill. A 24.00 15.70 8.30 100% 24.00
128 ADD Inc. Boston, Mass. A 23.78 23.78 0.00 100% 23.78
129 Architects Hawaii Ltd. Honolulu, Hawaii A 23.20 23.20 0.00 99% 23.40
130 Bergmann Associates Inc. Rochester, N.Y. EA 23.00 23.00 0.00 47% 48.89
131 Durrant Dubuque, Iowa AE 23.00 20.30 2.70 60% 38.20
132 H+L Architecture Denver, Colo. A 22.60 22.60 0.00 100% 22.60
133 Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc. Lubbock, Texas AE 22.57 22.57 0.00 53% 42.42
134 Goettsch Partners Chicago, Ill. A 22.52 8.90 13.62 100% 22.52
135 Burgess & Niple Inc. Columbus, Ohio EA 22.43 22.43 0.00 23% 97.05
136 MCG Architecture Pasadena, Calif. A 22.20 22.20 0.00 100% 22.20
137 S&B Holdings Ltd. and Affiliates Houston, Texas EC 21.88 21.87 0.01 3% 662.75
138 FGM Architects Inc. Oak Brook, Ill. A 21.84 21.84 0.00 100% 21.84
139 Stronghold Engineering Inc. Riverside, Calif. EC 21.60 21.60 0.00 100% 21.60
140 GreenbergFarrow Atlanta, Ga. AEP 21.55 21.55 0.00 47% 45.80
141 Good Fulton & Farrell Dallas, Texas A 21.43 21.43 0.00 93% 23.00
142 Gould Evans Kansas City, Mo. A 21.41 21.41 0.00 56% 38.24
143 Astorino Pittsburgh, Pa. AE 20.00 19.58 0.42 91% 22.00
144 Ratcliff Emeryville, Calif. A 20.00 19.80 0.20 100% 20.00
145 Teng Affiliated Cos. Chicago, Ill. EA 19.62 19.62 0.00 27% 73.02
146 Merrick & Co. Aurora, Colo. EA 19.50 19.50 0.00 23% 84.70
147 Ghafari Associates LLC Dearborn, Mich. AE 19.40 16.34 3.06 15% 129.04
148 Langdon Wilson Los Angeles, Calif. A 19.38 8.72 10.66 100% 19.38
149 Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc. Milwaukee, Wis. A 19.20 19.20 0.00 100% 19.20
150 Carrier Johnson + Culture San Diego, Calif. A 19.10 19.10 0.00 87% 22.00

 


Top 250 Firms: 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201- 250

 

 

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