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Top 300 Architecture Firms

July 2013

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By Anna Fixsen

Shanghai Tower
Image courtesy Gensler
Gensler's Shanghai Tower

For the second consecutive year, Gensler maintains the top position on Architectural Record’s Top 300 Architecture Firms list, which ranks companies according to architectural revenue in the prior year as reported to our sister publication Engineering News-Record.

Gensler reported total revenue of $807 million, a 5.6 percent increase from the prior year. The San Francisco-based firm has 43 offices scattered across the globe and is on track to complete the world’s second tallest tower in Shanghai by 2014.

"I think we’re seeing design innovation driving our growth,” says Gensler executive director Diane Hoskins. “Clients are looking for new solutions, and through an interdisciplinary approach to our work, we are able to bring fresh ideas and new ways of looking at projects."

AECOM Technology Corp., a Fortune 500 company that has traditionally jockeyed for first place with Gensler, came in second with reported architectural revenue of $468.56 million.

In 2012, the top 300 companies in America collectively earned $10.9 billion, with the top 25 firms bringing in over half the total revenue. While a 10 percent total revenue upsurge in 2011 alluded to light at the end of a post-recession tunnel, growth flattened in 2012 with a 1 percent gain in total revenue. However the Construction Industry Confidence Index, a metric also tabulated by ENR based on surveys sent to construction industry executives, has reached a five-year high of 64 points, up 14 points from last year.

According to the Top 300 Architecture Firms survey, architects made significant gains in overseas earnings: the 2012 data reveals international revenue grew by 8.6 percent to comprise one-fifth of total revenue, whereas domestic decreased by 1 percent. “The concern is the public sector is declining because of budget pressure,” observes Gary Tulacz, who manages the surveys at ENR. “With budget cuts, federal programs have ended; states are strapped for cash.”

Other notable shifts in the rankings included a 141-position leap by Science Applications International Corp., a Virginia-based firm, to 40. Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, holding the 20th position last year, did not submit a survey for the 2013 rankings, nor did 33rd-ranked Belt Collins.

HOW TO USE THIS TABLE

Companies are ranked by revenue (in millions of dollars) for architectural services performed in 2012. 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 McGraw-Hill Construction’s Research and Analytics group. To participate in next year’s survey, contact Gary Tulacz at gary.tulacz@mhfi.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 2012 REVENUE
2013 Rank
2012 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
Gensler San Francisco, Calif.
A
$807.14
$605.01
$202.13
100%
$807.14
2
2
AECOM Technology Corp. Los Angeles, Calif.
EA
$468.56
$280.04
$188.52
6%
$7,277.28
3
4
CH2M HILL/IDC Architects Englewood, Colo.
EAC
$387.00
$232.91
$154.09
11%
$3,576.48
4
6
Jacobs Pasadena, Calif.
AEC
$361.34
$249.44
$111.90
7%
$4,961.94
5
3
Perkins+Will Chicago, Ill.
A
$360.30
$266.20
$94.10
100%
$360.30
6
5
HDR Architecture Inc. Omaha, Neb.
EA
$325.90
$256.80
$69.10
20%
$1,659.80
7
8
URS Corp. San Francisco, Calif.
EAC
$320.50
$263.20
$57.30
6%
$5,799.40
8
7
HOK St. Louis, Mo.
AE
$282.86
$166.97
$115.89
70%
$406.76
9
9
HKS Inc. Dallas, Texas
AE
$238.48
$205.28
$33.20
100%
$238.48
10
10
Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP New York, N.Y.
AE
$210.10
$105.05
$105.05
68%
$309.87
11
12
NBBJ Seattle, Wash.
A
$187.02
$149.57
$37.45
100%
$187.02
12
13
RTKL Baltimore, Md.
EA
$187.45
$81.49
$105.96
92%
$202.82
13
14
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC New York, N.Y.
A
$153.82
$31.54
$122.28
100%
$153.82
14
16
Perkins Eastman New York, N.Y.
A
$145.00
$108.75
$36.25
100%
$145.00
15
11
Cannon Design Grand Island, N.Y.
AE
$133.70
$87.15
$46.55
66%
$202.26
16
18
Callison Seattle, Wash.
A
$132.12
$75.54
$56.58
100%
$132.12
17
15
Leo A Daly Omaha, Neb.
AE
$129.89
$121.43
$8.46
80%
$162.36
18
21
Bechtel San Francisco, Calif.
EC
$115.00
$10.00
$105.00
4%
$2,903.00
19
17
Stantec Inc. Irvine, Calif.
EAL
$108.80
$108.80
$0.00
15%
$707.65
20
19
ZGF Architects LLP Portland, Ore.
A
$107.41
$99.79
$7.62
100%
$107.41
21
23
Ingenium International Inc. Detroit, Mich.
AE
$100.30
$15.00
$85.30
88%
$113.50
22
22
SmithGroupJJR Detroit, Mich.
AE
$91.50
$91.00
$0.50
55%
$166.60
23
26
DLR Group Omaha, Neb.
AE
$87.23
$86.20
$1.03
75%
$116.30
24
25
Populous Kansas City, Mo.
A
$83.90
$52.90
$31.00
100%
$83.90
25
28
Corgan Associates Inc. Dallas, Texas
A
$79.29
$76.80
$2.49
93%
$85.41
26
24
HMC Architects Los Angeles, Calif.
A
$78.00
$77.10
$0.90
100%
$78.00
27
40
MulvannyG2 Architecture Bellevue, Wash.
A
$75.00
$36.00
$39.00
100%
$75.00
28
31
PageSoutherlandPage Houston, Texas
AE
$73.42
$33.42
$40.00
75%
$98.50
29
100
Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. Minneapolis, Minn.
A
$67.36
$62.51
$4.85
100%
$67.36
30
37
Gresham, Smith and Partners Nashville, Tenn.
AE
$64.98
$63.13
$1.85
56%
$116.20
31
39
Burns & McDonnell Kansas City, Mo.
EAC
$61.11
$35.50
$25.61
7%
$933.02
32
38
Ennead Architects LLP New York, N.Y.
A
$58.25
$57.85
$0.40
100%
$58.38
33
34
Fentress Architects Denver, Colo.
A
$57.80
$56.30
$1.50
100%
$57.80
34
35
Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP (RAMSA) New York, N.Y.
A
$56.75
$33.90
$22.85
100%
$56.75
35
29
STV Group Inc. New York, N.Y.
EA
$56.13
$56.13
$0.00
15%
$374.00
36
32
Michael Baker Corp. Moon Township, Pa.
EA
$54.70
$54.60
$0.10
11%
$502.30
37
27
Hammel Green and Abrahamson Inc. (HGA) Minneapolis, Minn.
AE
$51.51
$51.39
$0.12
46%
$112.30
38
36
Flad Architects Madison, Wis.
AE
$51.30
$50.61
$0.69
79%
$65.20
39
43
EYP Albany, N.Y.
AE
$51.00
$51.00
$0.00
60%
$85.38
40
181
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) McLean, Va.
EAC
$50.84
$48.50
$2.34
12%
$418.75
41
62
SSOE Group Toledo, Ohio
EP
$47.20
$39.20
$8.00
25%
$188.82
42
30
HNTB Cos. Kansas City, Mo.
EA
$46.60
$45.41
$1.19
5%
$912.04
43
42
VOA Associates Inc. Chicago, Ill.
A
$46.60
$37.17
$9.43
100%
$46.60
44
49
WATG / Wimberly Interiors Irvine, Calif.
A
$45.96
$3.58
$42.38
71%
$64.62
45
**
NELSON Philadelphia, Pa.
AE
$45.18
$44.06
$1.12
100%
$45.18
46
59
Heery International Inc. Atlanta, Ga.
AE
$44.70
$44.40
$0.30
81%
$55.34
47
46
Reynolds Smith and Hills Inc. Jacksonville, Fla.
EA
$43.60
$43.60
$0.00
30%
$147.40
48
58
SHW Group Plano, Texas
AE
$43.41
$43.37
$0.04
88%
$49.28
49
69
S&B Engineers and Constructors Ltd. and Affiliates Houston, Texas
EC
$41.95
$41.95
$0.00
7%
$571.85
50
41
LPA Inc. Irvine, Calif.
A
$41.84
$41.84
$0.00
100%
$41.84

 

 

 

Earlier editions of the Top Firms list: 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

 

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