The Architect Magazine has unveiled its list of the 50 best architecture firms in the US. In its eighth year, the Architect 50 ranks the top firms for business, design, and sustainability based on how firms perform in these three categories. This year, William Rawn Associates in business, ZGF Architects in sustainability, and Marlon Blackwell Architects in design headed the top three slots in the overall ranking. Last year’s Top 50 firms, ranging in size from 35 to well over 1,000 employees, demonstrated balanced and consistent achievement across all three interrelated categories.

In design, Marlon Blackwell Architects edged out Studio Gang and last year’s top firm, NADAAA, for the number one spot.  ZGF Architects also headed the sustainability rankings, followed by last year’s winner, EYP. In business, William Rawn Associates also ranked first in the category, followed by Ikon5. Architects and Blair + Mui Dowd Architects.

To measure design excellence, the Architect Magazine asks each firm to respond to survey questions and submit a design portfolio. Scores are then tabulated to create the list of the top 50 firms. Architect also publishes a list of the top 50 firms in each of the three categories. To see more details about last year’s ARCHITECT methodology, please visit this link.

The List

Rank
Firm
Business
Sustainability
Design
01 ZGF Architects
Score: 300.0
52 01 07
02 Westlake Reed Leskosky
Score: 297.8
16 05 13
03 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Score: 297.7
22 10 06
04 Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Score: 295.7
04 15 26
05 EYP
Score: 285.0
45 02 32
06 William Rawn Associates
Score: 282.0
01 30 57
07 WRNS Studio
Score: 274.8
30 08 34
08 Hastings Architecture Associates
Score: 273.3
41 13 25
09 Brooks + Scarpa
Score: 272.7
112 17 04
10 Perkins+Will
Score: 271.9
54 03 37
11 HDR
Score: 270.0
18 07 56
12 HKS
Score: 266.4
14 40 33
13 Hacker
Score: 266.1
56 21 17
14 SmithGroupJJR
Score: 264.8
71 09 27
15 Payette
Score: 264.0
46 14 42
16 HOK
Score: 261.2
50 11 47
17 LPA Inc
Score: 259.9
22 33 39
18 Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects
Score: 259.1
15 34 55
19 Ann Beha Architects
Score: 255.3
08 36 73
20 Gensler
Score: 255.0
38 50 21
21 Studios Architecture
Score: 254.8
28 16 79
22 Mithun
Score: 253.6
68 12 53
23 DLR Group
Score: 253.0
20 25 66
24 Richärd+Bauer Architecture
Score: 252.0
06 75 12
25 BNIM
Score: 250.7
105 04 51
26 NBBJ
Score: 248.8
58 53 19
27 CannonDesign
Score: 248.7
73 47 16
28 Lake|Flato Architects
Score: 246.4
70 18 61
29 LMN Architects
Score: 245.8
49 35 50
30 Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Score: 243.6
17 63 51
31 Miller Hull Partnership
Score: 243.5
66 41 35
32 Touloukian Touloukian
Score: 242.8
85 42 24
33 Kirksey
Score: 241.3
32 21 103
34 NADAAA
Score: 240.7
122 57 03
35 Weber Thompson
Score: 240.6
78 23 58
36 Ayers Saint Gross
Score: 239.2
48 29 87
37 Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Score: 239.1
108 19 48
38 Page
Score: 239.0
43 24 97
39 Studio Gang Architects
Score: 237.7
66 82 02
40 ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Score: 237.5
18 51 76
41 Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle
Score: 236.3
57 27 91
42 Goettsch Partners
Score: 235.6
39 59 59
43 Score: 232.8 46 31 102
44 ikon.5 architects
Score: 232.3
02 110 23
45 PBK Architects
Score: 230.9
21 61 92
46 Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Score: 229.4
116 58 18
47 ZeroEnergy Design
Score: 229.3
32 06 134
48 RMW Architecture & Interiors
Score: 226.9
11 73 81
49 Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
Score: 226.8
37 32 119
50 CO Architects
Score: 226.7
13 80 45

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