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Top 250 Firms: Titans Maintain Lead While Industry Suffers

July 2011

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By Jenna M. McKnight

Chervon International Trading Company Headquarters in Nanjing, China
Photo © Nanjing Chunshan
One of Perkins+Will's recent foreign projects is the Chervon International Trading Company Headquarters in Nanjing, China.

They’ve done it again. For the fourth straight year, heavyweights AECOM and Gensler have landed at the number one and two spots, respectively, on our annual Top 250 Architecture Firms list, which ranks companies according to architectural revenue in the prior year.

In 2010, AECOM garnered $666.4 million in architectural revenue, and Gensler, with $656.9 million, wasn’t far behind. Perkins+Will, at $400.3 million, came in third—its highest position yet. P+W has steadily ascended our list over the last few years, placing sixth in 2008 and 2009 and fourth last year.

While Gensler’s 2010 architectural revenue rose $107 million over 2009, most firms saw their incomes shrink. Overall, the top 250 firms earned $9.4 billion in architectural revenue in 2010, down from $10.2 billion in 2009, and nearly a quarter less than two years before.

Our ranking is based on surveys that Dodge Data & Analytics distributed this year, from January to March, to thousands of architecture and engineering firms countrywide. Foreign companies with American offices were eligible to participate, but they could only report revenue generated by their U.S. outposts. Readers may note the absence of high-profile firms such as Foster & Partners and Gehry Partners. Our team contacted these firms but received no response.

In addition to total architecture revenue, we showcase additional data we collected about each firm, such as domestic-versus-overseas revenue and percentage of total income generated from architecture. These supplementary details can be revealing: URS Corp., for instance, derived only 6 percent of its total 2010 revenue from architecture, yet it still ranked number six on our list.

As our findings attest, the profession remains in the economic doldrums. Since climbing to $12.5 billion in 2008, architectural revenue among the top 250 firms has continued its downward slide. The recession officially ended in June 2009, but designers haven’t felt much relief. “Any anticipated recovery has not materialized,” says Gary Tulacz, manager of surveys for Dodge Data & Analytics.

While a few sectors, such as health care and higher education, are somewhat active, forecasters don’t expect the architectural market to bounce back this year. After rising into positive territory in early 2011, the Architectural Billings Index has sunk below 50 for the past two months, signaling depressed conditions. Moreover, Engineering News-Record’s Construction Industry Confidence Index—based on surveys sent to contractors, subcontractors, engineers, and architects—dropped five points in the second quarter of 2011, from 51 to 46. 

For some, foreign projects are helping make up for the loss of work at home. Of the top 250 firms, 117 reported activity overseas, with international revenue totaling $1.8 billion. That said, $557.8 million of the full sum—nearly a third—was earned by AECOM, Gensler, and HOK.

Acquisitions and mergers also figure into the list. Most notably, Stantec’s ranking skyrocketed from 51 to 24, due in part to its purchase of Pennsylvania’s Burt Hill. Most likely, the publicly traded, Canada-based firm will land even higher next year, given its acquisition of California’s Anshen+Allen in late 2010. While Anshen+Allen was listed separately on our 2011 list (its rank: 105), its revenue will be folded into Stantec’s total next year. CEO Robert Gomes adds that Stantec isn’t done growing. “It will be interesting to see how we continue to move up the list,” he says. “Our goal is to be one of the top 10 firms.”

 

HOW TO USE THIS TABLE

Companies are ranked by revenue (in $ million) for architectural services performed in 2010. This data also appears in the Top 500 Design Firms list produced by our sister publication, Engineering News-Record; unlike our ranking, that list includes engineering-exclusive firms.

Data is collected by Dodge Data & Analytics’s Research and Analytics group. To participate in next year’s survey, contact Gary Tulacz at gary.tulacz@construction.com.

Key to how firms classify themselves:

A = Architect
AE = Architect-Engineer
AP = Architect Planner
EAL = Engineer Architect Landscape
AEC = Architect-Engineer-Contractor
(not all combinations listed)

 

 

ARCHITECTURE FIRMS RANKED ACCORDING TO 2010 REVENUE
2011 Rank
2010 Rank
Company
U.S. Headquarters
Type of Firm
Total Architectural Revenue
Domestic Architectural Revenue
International Architectural Revenue
Percent of Design Revenue from Architecture
Total Design Revenue
1
1
AECOM Technologies Los Angeles
EA
$666.40
$399.80
$266.60
11%
$5,919.80
2
2
Gensler San Francisco
A
$656.86
$491.09
$165.77
100%
$656.86
3
4
Perkins+Will Chicago
A
$400.30
$304.70
$95.60
100%
$400.30
4
5
HDR Architecture Inc.  Omaha
AE
$336.90
$290.60
$46.30
22%
$1,500.30
5
6
HOK St. Louis
AE
$334.16
$208.71
$125.45
72%
$462.26
6
3
URS Corp. San Francisco
EAC
$282.80
$232.20
$50.60
6%
$5,038.80
7
9
NBBJ Seattle
A
$193.80
$166.24
$27.56
100%
$193.80
8
7
HKS Inc. Dallas
AE
$190.50
$169.50
$21.00
100%
$190.50
9
12
RTKL Baltimore
EA
$176.00
$93.00
$83.00
13%
$1,362.00
10
8
Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP New York
AE
$169.90
$89.00
$80.90
68%
$251.00
11
10
Leo A Daly Omaha
AE
$157.89
$147.67
$10.22
100%
$157.89
12
11
Cannon Design Grand Island, N.Y. 
AE
$155.80
$127.13
$28.67
81%
$192.70
13
16
Bechtel San Francisco
EC
$134.00
$59.00
$75.00
6%
$2,170.00
14
17
ZGF Architects LLP Portland, Ore.
A
$124.60
$117.62
$6.98
100%
$124.60
15
18
Perkins Eastman New York
A
$110.00
$82.50
$27.50
100%
$110.00
16
15
SmithGroup Inc. Detroit
AE
$105.00
$102.70
$2.30
58%
$179.70
17
22
Rafael Vinoly Architects PC New York
AE
$104.72
$54.57
$50.15
100%
$104.72
18
13
Populous Kansas City, Mo.
A
$99.00
$52.00
$47.00
100%
$99.00
19
14
Callison Seattle
A
$92.50
$42.00
$50.50
100%
$92.50
20
20
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC New York
A
$89.80
$13.40
$76.40
74%
$121.20
21
23
HMC Architects Ontario, Calif.
A
$88.04
$87.82
$0.22
100%
$88.04
22
31
DLR Group Omaha
AE
$87.00
$87.00
$  -  
75%
$116.00
23
27
HNTB Cos. Kansas City, Mo.
EA
$76.22
$68.29
$7.93
8%
$1,000.01
24
51
Stantec Inc. Irvine, Calif. 
EAL
$75.75
$75.75
$  -  
13%
$578.00
25
25
Corgan Associates Inc. Dallas
A
$73.80
$65.80
$8.00
93%
$79.42
26
19
Fentress Architects Denver
A
$70.70
$69.79
$0.91
100%
$70.70
27
30
STV Group Inc. New York
EA
$68.86
$68.86
$  -  
20%
$350.32
28
41
Hammel Green and Abrahamson Inc. (HGA) Minneapolis
AE
$65.68
$65.68
$  -  
54%
$121.63
29
29
PageSoutherlandPage Houston
AE
$63.35
$40.66
$22.69
77%
$81.97
30
85
Belt Collins Honolulu
L
$57.50
$11.07
$46.43
100%
$57.50
31
42
KlingStubbins Philadelphia
AEP
$56.90
$45.00
$11.90
58%
$98.00
32
28
PBK Architects Houston
A
$56.20
$56.20
$  -  
100%
$56.20
33
-
Ingenium International Inc. Detroit
AE
$54.00
$1.30
$52.70
66%
$82.40
34
56
Burns & McDonnell Kansas City, Mo.
EAC
$49.10
$21.70
$27.40
7%
$684.51
35
40
Flad Architects Madison, Wis.
AE
$48.40
$47.97
$0.43
83%
$58.30
36
26
Gresham, Smith and Partners Nashville
AE
$47.52
$46.58
$0.94
55%
$86.59
37
32
SHW Group Plano, Tex.
AE
$46.02
$45.91
$0.11
82%
$56.34
38
38
VOA Associates Inc. Chicago
A
$45.66
$40.77
$4.89
100%
$45.66
39
44
MulvannyG2 Architecture Bellevue, Wa. 
A
$45.55
$35.00
$10.55
100%
$45.55
40
52
Dewberry Fairfax, Va. 
EA
$44.54
$44.54
$  -  
15%
$295.24
41
45
LPA Inc. Irvine, Calif. 
A
$43.40
$43.40
$  -  
100%
$43.40
42
53
Michael Baker Corp.. Moon Township, Pa. 
EA
$42.70
$42.60
$0.10
10%
$444.00
43
78
Davis Brody Bond Aedas New York
A
$42.41
$42.02
$0.39
100%
$42.41
44
50
Heery International Inc. Atlanta
$42.21
$42.21
$  -  
84%
$50.25
45
90
WATG Irvine, Calif. 
A
$41.55
$1.76
$39.79
76%
$54.87
46
49
Ennead Architects LLP New York
A
$41.25
$41.25
$  -  
100%
$41.25
47
54
LS3P Associates Ltd. Charleston, S.C. 
A
$40.14
$40.14
$  -  
100%
$40.14
48
59
Perkowitz+Ruth Architects Long Beach, Calif. 
A
$40.00
$39.56
$0.44
100%
$40.00
49
69
EYP Architecture & Engineering Albany
AE
$38.48
$38.44
$0.04
58%
$66.39
50
58
EwingCole Philadelphia
AE
$38.00
$38.00
$  -  
60%
$63.30

 

 


Earlier editions of the Top Firms list: 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

 

 

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