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The Top 50 Firms 2010

1–10

RANKFIRM1Skidmore, Owings & Merrill • New York • Revenue (range): $200–$349.9 million • Employees: 500–999 • SOM’s exceptional haul of awards in 2009—including four AIA Honor Awards—helped launch them into the top spot, despite a dip in revenue.SCORING: Revenue per employee: 202; Sustainable practices: 232; Awards: 394 2perkins+will • Chicago • Revenue: $350 million or more • Employees: 1,000 or more • Once again, Perkins+Will proves that its blood runs green. Its commitment to sustainability and design chops earn green, too.Revenue per employee: 187; Sustainable practices: 363; Awards: 271 3DLR Group • Omaha, Neb. • Revenue: $70–$99.9 million • Employees: 250–499 • DLR has parlayed its K–12 and justice expertise into a rising national profile, one enhanced by its recent acquisition of WWCOT.Revenue per employee: 125; Sustainable practices: 299; Awards: 3514fentress architects • Denver • Revenue: $100–$199.9 million • Employees: 100–249 • Now that government and infrastructure work are the name of the game, few firms are better positioned than Fentress, an aviation and public-sector expert.Revenue per employee: 471; Sustainable practices: 232; Awards: 385hok • St. Louis • Revenue: $350 million or more • Employees: 1,000 or more • Despite the split from its former subsidiary, HOK Sport Venue Event (now Populous), in late 2008, HOK is holding steady in our top five.Revenue per employee: 187; Sustainable practices: 315; Awards: 2246VJAA • Minneapolis • Revenue: $2.5–$4.9 million • Employees: 10–19 • Vincent James and colleagues had a terrific 2009, scooping major awards for projects in Beirut, New Orleans, and their home state of Minnesota.Revenue per employee: 138; Sustainable practices: 115; Awards: 400 7zGF architects • Portland, Ore. • Revenue: $100–$199.9 million • Employees: 250–499 • ZGF is as green as its Pacific Northwest roots would suggest, while its strength in healthcare, infrastructure, and government work has kept it chugging through the recession.Revenue per employee: 220; Sustainable practices: 299; Awards: 1338epstein • Chicago • Revenue: $100–$199.9 million • Employees: 100–249 • Employee-owned Epstein rocketed up the list from 63rd place last year. Want to know why? See the firm profile on page 45.Revenue per employee: 471; Sustainable practices: 81; Awards: 739adrian smith + gordon gill architects • Chicago • 2009 revenue: $100–$199.9 million • Employees: 100–249 • Since hanging their shingle in 2006, SOM veteran Smith and partners Gill and Robert Forest have pushed high-square-footage projects toward greater energy efficiency through technological innovation. Revenue per employee: 471; Sustainable practices: 95; Awards: 1310gensler • San Francisco • Revenue: $350 million or more • Employees: 1,000 or more • The executive architect of Las Vegas’ CityCenter, 2,000-person-strong Gensler proves more every year that designing interiors is just one of its many diverse talents.Revenue per employee: 187; Sustainable practices: 278; Awards: 108

Next up for ZGF Architects: The firm will be lead architect on 2.1 million square feet of office space within a federal megaproject, the new Department of Homeland Security campus in Washington, D.C. The contract is worth $61 million. EYP Architecture & Engineering (22) is on the design team.

Possibly the largest school-design firm in the world, DLR Group gained entree into the large California market—and into China—earlier this year when it acquired WWCOT, which had four offices in California and one in Shanghai.

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RANKFIRM11HKS • Dallas • Revenue: $200–$349.9 million • Employees: 500–999Revenue per employee: 202; Sustainable practices: 259; Awards: 10812NBBJ • Seattle • Revenue: $200–$349.9 million • Employees: 500–999 Revenue per employee: 202; Sustainable practices: 238; Awards: 128 13Frank Harmon Architect • Raleigh, N.C. • Revenue: $1–$2.4 million • Employees: 2–4Revenue per employee: 321; Sustainable practices: 121; Awards: 11414Mark cavagnero associates • San Francisco • Revenue: $5–$9.9 million • Employees: 20–49 Revenue per employee: 118; Sustainable practices: 174; Awards: 262 15payette • Boston • Revenue: $50–$69.9 million • Employees: 100–249 Revenue per employee: 189; Sustainable practices: 198; Awards: 163 16Smithgroup • Detroit • Revenue: $100–$199.9 million • Employees: 500–999 Revenue per employee: 110; Sustainable practices: 198; Awards: 235 17lord, aeck & sargent • Atlanta • Revenue: $30–$39.9 million • Employees: 100–249 Revenue per employee: 110; Sustainable practices: 254; Awards: 168 18tate snyder kimsey architects • Henderson, Nev. • Revenue: $10–$14.9 million • Employees: 20–49Revenue per employee: 196; Sustainable practices: 254; Awards: 6819anshen + allen • San Francisco • Revenue: $50–$69.9 million • Employees: 100–249 Revenue per employee: 189; Sustainable practices: 302; Awards: 21 20ehdd architecture • San Francisco • Revenue: $10–$14.9 million • Employees: 50–99 Revenue per employee: 92; Sustainable practices: 288; Awards: 12521designlab • Boston • Revenue: $2.5–$4.9 million • Employees: 10–19Revenue per employee: 138; Sustainable practices: 236; Awards: 11422eyp architecture & engineering • Albany, N.Y. • Revenue: $50–$69.9 million • Employees: 250–499Revenue per employee: 88; Sustainable practices: 339; Awards: 6023eskew+dumez+ripple • New Orleans • Revenue: $10–$14.9 million • Employees: 20–49 Revenue per employee: 196; Sustainable practices: 142; Awards: 14824cannon design • Grand Island, N.Y. • Revenue: $100–$199.9 million • Employees: 500–999 Revenue per employee: 110; Sustainable practices: 184; Awards: 18725Sera architects • Portland, Ore. • Revenue: $10–$14.9 million • Employees: 50–99 Revenue per employee: 92; Sustainable practices: 339; Awards: 4426pgal • Houston • Revenue: $40–$49.9 million • Employees: 100–249Revenue per employee: 141; Sustainable practices: 331; Awards: –27goody clancy • Boston • Revenue: $20–$24.9 million • Employees: 50–99 Revenue per employee: 165; Sustainable practices: 272; Awards: 3628tsoi/kobus & associates • Cambridge, Mass. • Revenue: $20–$24.9 million • Employees: 50–99Revenue per employee: 165; Sustainable practices: 230; Awards: 7629fxfowle architects • New York • Revenue: $25–$29.9 million • Employees: 100–249 Revenue per employee: 86; Sustainable practices: 310; Awards: 7330rdg planning & design • Des Moines, Iowa • Revenue: $25–$29.9 million • Employees: 100–249Revenue per employee: 86; Sustainable practices: 190; Awards: 192

Mark Cavagnero Associates makes its architect 50 debut at 14th place, due in large part to the San Francisco headquarters it designed for Chronicle Books, which won an AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture last year.

Now 50 years old, Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects renovated its Henderson, Nev., headquarters to achieve LEED-EB certification in 2005, making their office the first LEED-certified building in the state of Nevada.

Cambridge, Mass.–based Tsoi/Kobus & Associates is one of the biggest movers this year, vaulting up from 127th place in 2009.

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RANKFIRM31BRPH • Melbourne, Fla. • Revenue: $50–$69.9 million • Employees: 100–249 Revenue per employee: 189; Sustainable practices: 278; Awards: – 32HDR Architecture • Omaha, Neb. • Revenue: $200–$349.9 million • Employees: 1,000 or more Revenue per employee: 121; Sustainable practices: 259; Awards: 84 33weber thompson • Seattle • Revenue: $2.5–$4.9 million • Employees: 20–49 Revenue per employee: 59; Sustainable practices: 262; Awards: 142 34cook+Fox architects • New York • Revenue: $2.5–$4.9 million • Employees: 20–49 Revenue per employee: 59; Sustainable practices: 318; Awards: 82 35gund partnership • Cambridge, Mass. • Revenue: $5–$9.9 million • Employees: 20–49Revenue per employee: 118; Sustainable practices: 264; Awards: 76 35ellerbe becket, an aecom company* • Minneapolis • Revenue: $100–$199.9 million • Employees: 250–499 (*Ellerbe Becket entered the ranking separately from AECOM, its parent company as of October 2009.) Revenue per employee: 220; Sustainable practices: 184; Awards: 54 37sasaki associates • Watertown, Mass. • Revenue: $50–$69.9 million • Employees: 250–499Revenue per employee: 88; Sustainable practices: 190; Awards: 179 38mclarand vasquez emsiek & partners • Irvine, Calif. • Revenue: $40–$49.9 million • Employees: 50–99 Revenue per employee: 330; Sustainable practices: 95; Awards: 23 39CO architects • Los Angeles • Revenue: $30–$39.9 million • Employees: 50–99Revenue per employee: 257; Sustainable practices: 166; Awards: 21 40ehrlich architects • Culver City, Calif. • Revenue: $5–$9.9 million • Employees: 20–49Revenue per employee: 118; Sustainable practices: 166; Awards: 15941studios architecture • San Francisco • Revenue: $30–$39.9 million • Employees: 100–249Revenue per employee: 110; Sustainable practices: 198; Awards: 13342ayers/saint/gross architects and planners • Baltimore • Revenue: $30–$39.9 million • Employees: 100–249Revenue per employee: 110; Sustainable practices: 272; Awards: 4943ann beha architects • Boston • Revenue: $2.5–$4.9 million • Employees: 10–19 Revenue per employee: 138; Sustainable practices: 134; Awards: 14844pagesoutherlandpage • Houston • Revenue: $70–$99.9 million • Employees: 250–499 Revenue per employee: 125; Sustainable practices: 214; Awards: 7945Spector group • Woodbury, N.Y. • Revenue: $20–$24.9 million • Employees: 50–99 Revenue per employee: 165; Sustainable practices: 160; Awards: 9146tro jung|brannen • Boston • Revenue: $40–$49.9 million • Employees: 100–249 Revenue per employee: 141; Sustainable practices: 224; Awards: 4147goettsch partners • Chicago • Revenue: $20–$24.9 million • Employees: 50–99Revenue per employee: 165; Sustainable practices: 174; Awards: 6348westlake reed leskosky • Cleveland • Revenue: $25–$29.9 million • Employees: 100–249Revenue per employee: 86; Sustainable practices: 192; Awards: 11749hanbury evans Wright vlattas & co. • Norfolk, Va. • Revenue: $20–$24.9 million • Employees: 50–99Revenue per employee: 165; Sustainable practices: 134; Awards: 9750william rawn associates • Boston • Revenue: $5–$9.9 million • Employees: 20–49Revenue per employee: 118; Sustainable practices: 214; Awards: 63

BRPH isn’t the most familiar name in AEC—yet. A leader in the aviation, industrial, and government markets, it recently opened offices in Charleston, S.C., and Washington, D.C.—the latter to better serve federal clients such as the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners cracked the Top 50 with ease, but the past year hasn’t been painless: A former employee was arrested this February and charged with embezzling more than $1.9 million from the firm.

Westlake Reed Leskosky was founded by Abram Garfield—son of President James A. Garfield—in 1905. Today the Cleveland-based firm offers a distinctive combination of specialties: healthcare, historic preservation, BIM, and acoustic, A/V, and related technologies.

? The scores cited here were generated by our research consultant from firm data, and do not correspond directly to that data. (For example, an awards score of 38 does not signify 38 awards won.) All firm data was self-reported and could not be independently verified. For more on scoring and methodology, go to architectmagazine.com.

 


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