Peek Inside the 2010 Almanac of Architecture & Design

March 22, 2010 · by DesignIntelligence

For the first time, a five-tiered index recognizes firms for their influence and knowledge.

For the first time in 2010, the revered Almanac of Architecture & Design presents a five-tiered index that recognizes firms according to their influence, brand strength, record of award-winning projects, and deep knowledge in specialties and geographies. The index, appearing in the Almanac's "America's Leading Architecture & Design Firms" chapter, uses the following categories:

According to Almanac Publisher and Founding Editor James P. Cramer, the index was created to weight the influence of firms in the marketplace and to understand trends in service value propositions and brand strength by professional practices.

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There are currently 93 tier-one global and categorical leaders in North America, according to the Almanac. This group represents the design elite, having driven to the top of the approximately 20,500 architecture and design firms in North America.

The state with the most tier-one firms is New York (17), followed closely by California (16). Firms in tier one fall into all size categories: small (under 25 employees), medium (26 - 100 employees), large (101 - 500 employees), and extra large (more than 501 employees). Of the 93 tier-one firms, 22 are classified as extra large and seven are small.

Also for the first time, the 2010 Almanac lists the top revenue-generating firms, sharing information about their U.S.  and worldwide revenues, market segments served, principals, number of staff, and more. This list, the "DesignIntelligence 333," is topped by:

   1. Gensler
   2. HOK
   3. AECOM (Architecture)
   4. Perkins+Will
   5. HKS Inc.

The 2010 Almanac, which is available this year in four different covers, includes the kind of essential facts and data that readers have relied on for a decade:


The Almanac of Architecture & Design is available in the DI Bookstore.

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