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.
Betting on a win can be a big risk for design firms. Photo courtesy Bercy Chen Studio After dedicating time and money (which the principals value at around $50,000) to an entry, Bercy Chen Studio lost a competition for a Dallas development. Markus Dochantschi is ticking off the costs of entering a competition. “Say they want a model–that can be anywhere from 5 to 15 thousand dollars. If they want high-res renderings, that could be between 5 and 10 thousand. You're up to $20,000 fast.” Photo courtesy of StudioMDA StudioMDA principal Markus Dochantschi attributes winning a competition for a mobility-studies
Getting on the short list of an invited design competition is one thing. Nailing it is another. Photo courtesy MVRDV/Wieland & Gouwens MVRDV's animation for the China Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou helped get the commission in 2011. Does the best design always win a competition? Not necessarily. Vying for a commission is a tricky process, especially when you're up against a short list of your peers. Who can forget the impression that Daniel Libeskind made in the public presentation a decade ago for plans to rebuild Ground Zero? With less experience than the other six contending teams, he
HOW TO USE THIS TABLE Companies are ranked by revenue (in millions of dollars) for architectural services performed in 2011. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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) Top 250: 1-50
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.
Architecture firms are increasingly offering in-house design awards in an effort to boost morale and inspire creativity. Photo courtesy Perkins+Will (Left to right) Casey Jones, Ron Bogle, Nancy Easton, and Steve Turckes assess entries in Perkins+Will's annual design competition in 2011. Ed Feiner, the former chief architect of the General Services Administration, made a name for himself creating the agency’s well-regarded Design Excellence program, which raised the creative bar for government buildings. Today, he’s taking on a similar challenge at Perkins+Will (P+W), which he joined in 2009. As director of the firm’s design Leadership Forum, started in collaboration with chief