Hospitality Giants 2015 Research

They say the one constant is change, and that’s a valuable lesson we’ve learned since 1985. Yes, the Interior Design list of 75 Giants firms in the hospitality sector hits the big 3-0 this year. Does this coming of age imply a change in overall trends for the group? Let’s go to the numbers. As a group, 41 percent of overall fees come from hospitality work, and that number has seen little recent fluctuation. For some perspective, the next-in-line category is corporate office at 26 percent. After that, categories such as government drop off into the single digits.


As for the last 30 years—and the next 30—here’s a tidbit. We asked the hospitality Giants to tell us about the biggest changes both over that period and going forward. The answer wasn’t unanimous, but it was close. Technology. It influences virtually every choice a hospitality designer makes today. As the Gettys Group puts it, “Technology has transformed the guest experience. We have to think now, more than ever, about each moment in the space.
How can we help guests stay connected? Share their experience? Engage them through social media and technology platforms while there? We are constantly asking ourselves these questions to enhance our design.” The future is now.


Fees

Staff

Market Sectors


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Rank 2015 Firm

Headquarters

Hospitality Fees (in millions)

Value (in millions)

Sq. Ft. (in millions) Design Staff Rank 2014
1 HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates Los Angeles, CA $126.800 $7,608.00 72.46 1,507 1
2 Gensler San Francisco, CA $73.914 NR NR 1,997 2
3 Wilson Associates Dallas, TX $39.060 $3,000.00 NR 360 3
4 Rockwell Group New York, NY $24.087 NR NR 162 8
5 Bilkey Llinas Design Palm Beach Gardens, FL $23.950 NR NR 109 5
6 HOK St. Louis, MO $21.000 $637.00 NR 295 7
7 Leo A Daly Omaha, NE $18.196 NR NR 125 6
8 Steelman Partners Las Vegas, NV $18.050 $23.00 NR 88 12
9 VOA Associates Chicago, IL $14.523 $90.00 12.00 102 9
10 Pierre-Yves Rochon Chicago, IL $14.108 $250.00 NR 59 11
11 Wimberly Interiors New York, NY $14.000 $1,200.00 5.50 81 13
12 Gettys Group Chicago, IL $12.848 NR NR 79 17
13 Yabu Pushelberg Toronto, Canada $11.730 NR NR 102 --
14 HKS Dallas, TX $11.666 NR 6.00 367 41
15 Daroff Design + DDI Architects Philadelphia, PA $11.330 $400.00 3.00 45 18
16 AvroKO New York, NY $11.030 NR NR 79 16
17 Stonehill & Taylor Architects New York, NY $10.967 $250.00 2.75 79 20
18 DiLeonardo Warwick, RI $10.260 NR NR 75 15
19 Rebel Design + Group Marina Del Rey, CA $10.244 $423.86 1.24 64 22
20 Baskervill Richmond, VA $9.949 $264.85 6.42 21 19
21 Jeffrey Beers International New York, NY $8.400 NR NR 29 30
22 HFS Concepts 4 Long Beach, CA $8.100 $100.00 NR 50 --
23 Simeone Deary Design Group Chicago, IL $8.075 NR NR 50 34
24 KNA Design Los Angeles, CA $7.700 NR NR 42 21
25 AB Concept Hong Kong $7.442 $260.08 1.51 90 26
26 Design Duncan Miller Ullmann Dallas, TX $6.926 $68.00 65.00 63 31
27 Aria Group Architects Oak Park, IL $6.882 $95.00 0.80 93 25
28 Chambers Baltimore, MD $6.408 $70.00 0.65 23 32
29 FRCH Design Worldwide Cincinnati, OH $6.353 $3.00 2.00 167 14
30 Looney & Associates Dallas, TX $6.305 $750.00 2.10 44 29
31 ForrestPerkins Dallas, TX $6.197 NR NR 38 39
32 Rottet Studio Houston, TX $6.160 NR NR 44 24
33 EDG Interior Architecture + Design Novato, CA $5.997 $166.00 0.60 60 28
34 CBT Architects Boston, MA $5.760 NR NR 55 27
35 ICRAVE New York, NY $5.029 $48.48 0.60 38 38
36 Perkins Eastman New York, NY $4.900 $24.38 0.90 217 43
37 RTKL Baltimore, MD $4.887 $9.00 NR 94 40
38 TAL Studio Las Vegas, NV $4.695 $60.00 NR 22 36
39 Dawson Design Associates Seattle, WA $4.100 $185.00 NR 29 47
40 Design Development Company Agoura Hills, CA $4.000 $10.00 0.25 12 46
41 JOI-Design Hamburg, Germany $3.800 $50.00 NR 32 37
42 Smith-Firestone Associates Santa Barbara, CA $3.520 $1.43 NR 22 62
43 Parker-Torres Design Sudbury, MA $3.100 NR NR 25 45
44 Shea Design Minneapolis, MN $3.080 $45.50 0.15 24 51
45 Areen London, UK $3.010 $85.00 2.20 23 56
46 C2 Limited Design Associates Fairfield, CT $2.975 $5.95 NR 11 49
47 Puccini Group San Francisco, CA $2.900 $4.50 0.21 26 69
48 Hatch Design Group Costa Mesa, CA $2.894 $107.20 0.31 25 50
49 BraytonHughes Design Studios San Francisco, CA $2.758 NR NR 24 35
50 Kay Lang + Associates Los Angeles, CA $2.720 NR NR 19 59
51 Bar Napkin Productions Phoenix, AZ $2.660 $70.00 0.08 19 65
52 CHIL Interior Design Vancouver, BC $2.653 NR NR 81 --
53 Design Directions International Marietta, GA $2.653 $18.78 1.68 7 53
54 Indidesign Los Angeles, CA $2.500 $40.00 0.80 15 52
55 DAS Architects Philadelphia, PA $2.468 $3.29 0.31 17 57
56 SKIN Design Studio San Francisco, CA $2.398 NR NR 11 55
57 SOSH Architects Atlantic City, NJ $2.240 $58.35 0.60 14 --
58 R. D. Jones & Associates Baltimore, MD $2.219 NR NR 29 48
59 DLR Group Overland Park, KS $2.198 NR NR 131 42
60 Elkus Manfredi Architects Boston, MA $2.140 NR NR 62 44
61 RPW Design London, UK $2.130 $94.00 1.23 26 58
62 Cole Martinez Curtis & Associates Marina Del Rey, CA $2.125 $150.00 1.50 8 --
63 Krause+Sawyer New York, NY $2.080 $30.04 0.32 12 --
64 Heitz Parsons Sadek West Palm Beach, FL $1.887 $18.00 NR 13 61
65 Woods Bagot Adelaide, Australia $1.884 NR NR 181 --
66 Thomas Hamilton & Associates Richmond, VA $1.832 $40.31 NR 10 64
67 Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Atlanta, GA $1.823 NR NR 38 63
68 Greymatters Singapore $1.800 $150.00 1.00 28 54
69 Cleo Design Las Vegas, NV $1.697 NR NR 15 71
70 HapstakDemetriou+ Washington, DC $1.650 $8.00 0.15 21 --
71 Rowland+Broughton Aspen, CO $1.644 $29.91 0.22 15 68
72 K2M Design Cleveland, OH $1.634 $50.00 0.50 13 67
73 Lawrence Group St. Louis, MO $1.629 $50.00 0.36 58 66
74 designONE Studio Atlanta, GA $1.583 $45.00 4.10 14 --
75 J Banks Design Group Hilton Head Island, SC $1,580 $10.00 1.20 19 --


Methodology

The annual business survey of Interior Design hospitality Giants ranks the largest design firms by hospitality design fees for the 12-month period from July 2014 through June 2015. Hospitality design fees include those attributed to:

1. All hospitality interiors work.

2. All aspects of a firm's hospitality design practice, from strategic planning and programming to design and project management.

3. Fees paid to a firm for work performed by employees and independent contracts who are full-time staff equivalent.

Hospitality design fees do not include revenues paid to a firm and remitted to subcontractors that are not considered full-time staff equivalent. For example, certain firms attract work that is subcontracted to a local firm. The originating firm may collect all the fees and retain a management or generation fee, paying the remainder to the performing firm. The amounts paid to the latter are not included in fees of the collecting firm when determining its ranking. Additionally, where applicable, all percentages are based on responding hospitality Giants, not their total number. The data was compiled and analyzed by the Interior Design market research staff, led by Wing Leung, research director.

 

Related Links:

2015 Hospitality Giants: Fees

2015 Hospitality Giants: Staff

2015 Hospitality Giants: Market Sector Breakdown

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