Nabbing the title from long-standing leader AECOM, Gensler claimed the top spot in our 2012 “Top 250 Architecture Firms” list, which ranks U.S. companies based on architectural revenue from the prior year. Gensler’s $764 million in revenue far surpassed AECOM’s $445 million; it also marked a record high for the San Francisco-based firm. “It truly has been about global growth,” says Andy Cohen, Gensler’s executive director: In 2011 the firm opened seven offices in burgeoning cities such as S'o Paulo and Bangkok.
Overall, this year’s survey points to industry growth. Collectively, the 250 firms earned $10.4 billion in revenue in 2011, up from $9.4 billion in 2010. Domestic income rose from $7.6 to $8.2 billion; international income, from $1.8 to $2.2 billion. Firms like RTKL and Kohn Pedersen Fox now generate more than half their revenue from foreign projects.