Earlier today, I received an email from Joanna Del Moral, vice president and director of business development with architectural firm VOA Associates of Orlando. Ms. Del Moral had recently read my blog previewing the Southeast's Top Design Firms, which was a sneak peek of our annual ranking which publishes in October. Our Top Design Firms ranking is just that--a ranking of all types of design firms, with both architects and engineers combined into a single, main ranking. This is consistent with the manner that our (big) sister publication, Engineering News-Record, publishes its annual ranking, such as the Top 500 Design Firms.
However, Del Moral rightly noted that this combination of different disciplines into a single list can have its limiting effects. For instance, Del Moral wrote: "An A/E has the potential to double the income because of solo engineering projects they can pursue. Therefore, an architect could not really ever be on a level rating with that type of firm for billings."
She certainly has a point. The good news is that in addition to our main ranking, we are publishing a plethora of other breakout rankings in the same upcoming October issue. From project types to design disciplines, we'll have approximately 20 or so available for your online reading soon.
I've been posting preview peeks of some of these lately--such as for Florida and Georgia--but I haven't quite gotten around to an architects-only ranking yet. So, let's do it--my first blog post by audience request. (Also, while we will have numerous breakout rankings, I should note that we were somewhat limited by space in terms of the number of firms included in the print versions of some of these subcategory listings. For example, the print publication will list the top 20 architects in the Southeast. Here, we'll go ahead and increase that by 50% and list the top 30.)
So, Joanna, this post's for you--and all 29 other firms included below. Figures below represent architectural billings only, from calendar year 2008. (Also, interior design billings are not included within these amounts.) All dollar figures are in millions.
1. AECOM Technology Corp. 81.11
2. Heery International 61.92
3. Perkins+Will 59.41
4. HKS Architects 54.70
5. Gresham, Smith and Partners 52.63
6. PBS&J 50.66
7. Little 37.15
8. Reynolds, Smith and Hills 36.68
9. BRPH Architects-Engineers 32.90
10. Cooper Carry 30.40
11. HOK 25.92
12. HuntonBrady Architects 24.10
13. Harvard Jolly 23.83
14. Lord, Aeck & Sargent 23.04
15. Zyscovich Architects 20.00
16. SchenkelShultz 19.21
17. Niles Bolton Associates 19.05
18. McMillan Smith & Partners 18.98
19. TRO Jung|Brannen 17.16
20. Perkins Eastman 15.25
21. Designs by Zorian Int'l 15.00
22. tvsdesign 14.49
23. VOA Associates 13.34
24. Wakefield Beasley & Assoc. 12.90
25. Moseley Architects 12.44
26. SB Architects 11.71
27. Stevens & Wilkinson 11.26
28. PGAL 11.21
29. Lawson Group Architects 10.50
30. STH Architectural Group 10.02
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