2007 Giants: They Just Got Even Bigger

The Top 100 Giants kick off the 75th anniversary of Interior Design with their own numbers to celebrate. To begin with, a tie in earnings increased the actual number of giants to 101—which, together, earned $2,080,060,594. Accounting for the additional Giant, that's an increase of 17.6 percent in average earnings over the previous year. Only 12 firms posted losses, and two firms remained at their previous level.


Perhaps most interesting, the total earnings figure is 30 percent more than the top Giants' income in 2001, the last great year before a deteriorating economy and terrorist attacks had a chance to wallop the design industry along with everyone else. Since then, the dollar value of Giant installations has increased 34 percent to $47,390,842,736, and total space installed has risen 7.2 percent to 611,912,884 square feet.


Foreign work has steadily increased from 7.5 percent for the 2001 ranking to 11.6 percent for 2006. Only 27 of the Giants worked exclusively in the U.S., with the vast majority of those falling in the lower 50 rankings. China drew 37 Giants, followed by the United Arab Emirates at 26, the U.K. at 25, India at 18, South Korea at 14, Canada and Mexico at 13 and 12 respectively, Russia at nine, France and Japan at eight, Hong Kong, Italy, Qatar and Thailand at seven, and Singapore at six.


The specialist most likely to be found on a Giant's staff is the sustainability analyst: Three quarters of the Giants have at least one, compared to 47 percent in 2002, the first year we began asking 'green' questions. Approximately 20 percent of Giants prefer to hire a candidate equipped to design spaces that qualify for LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. On average, eco-friendly products represent 24.4 percent of those specified, compared to 21.1 percent the previous year. Strangely enough, however, clients have become less likely to initiate discussions about sustainability, leaving design firms to carry the ball.


Two Giants refused to tell us the size of their interior design staffs, but the 99 who did employed 9,645 professionals, handling an average of $241,395 of work apiece. A single individual actually handled $1,152,174. The average amount per employee has increased 15.5 percent since 2001.


For many Giants, upgraded technology, often customized, and continuing in-house training and development made these numbers possible. One firm reveals that it 'always looks for well rounded candidates who can think, rather than specialists.' Another firm says it attributes its success to 'communicating early and regularly with the clients, so they clearly understand what to expect. This has made a huge difference in profitability and the number of personnel needed on a project.' Still another firm credits its own office's increased daylight and improved air quality.


See the Second 100 Giants here.



2007 Rank Firm Headquarters; Web Site I.D. Fees (Millions) Work Installed
Value (Millions) Sq. Ft. (Millions) Design Staff 2006 Rank
1 Gensler San Francisco; gensler.com $198.000 $3,560.00 48 837 1
2 Hok Saint Louis; hok.com $100.390 $2,891.26 37 300 2
3 Perkins + Will Chicago; perkinswill.com $63.000 $1,649.00 18 247 3
4 Callison Seattle; callison.com $58.600 $1,565.00 15 122 4
5 NELSON Philadelphia; nelsononline.com $55.000 $1,171.50 17 369 13
6 HDR Omaha; hdrinc.com $54.500 $1,700.00 17 329 9
7 IA Interior Architects San Francisco; interiorarchitects.com $50.359 $924.00 24 266 8
8 Leo A Daly Omaha; leodaly.com $48.900 $1,215.00 15 144 5
9 Design Forum Dayton, Ohio; designforum.com $47.700 NR NR NR 19
10 HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates Los Angeles; hbadesign.com $45.451 $2,681.63 26 340 6
11 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill New York; som.com $45.000 NR NR 241 7
12 Jacobs Pasadena, California; jacobs.com $42.467 $600.00 7 158 17
13 PageSoutherlandPage Houston; pspaec.com $39.270 $490.88 8 150 16
14 Cannon Design Boston; cannondesign.com $39.095 NR 5 143 11
15 Wilson & Associates Dallas; wilsonassoc.com $37.200 $1,000.00 NR 271 12
16 SmithGroup Minneapolis; smithgroup.com $36.912 $537.95 6 164 10
17 Perkins Eastman New York; perkinseastman.com $36.320 $605.30 4 163 21
18 TPG Architecture New York; tpgarchitecture.com $35.284 $1,996.00 16 113 22
19 NBBJ Seattle; nbbj.com $34.200 $950.00 21 205 14
20 Pavlik Design Team Fort Lauderdale, Florida; pavlikdesign.com $31.455 $1,695.00 22 116 15
21 Burt Hill Washington, D.C.; burthill.com $30.030 NR NR 274 34
22 DMJM Rottet Los Angeles; dmjmrottet.com $27.303 $285.60 NR 104 24
23 Rockwell group New York; rockwellgroup.com $26.500 $167.75 1 23 -
24 HLW New York; hlw.com $25.600 $650.00 NR 80 18
25 Flad & Associates Madison, Wisconsin; flad.com $24.750 $673.35 9 172 25
26 FRCH Worldwide Cincinnati; frch.com $24.618 $300.00 NR 151 28
27 Kling Philadelphia; kling.us $24.000 $440.00 3 115 26
28 Creative Design Consultants Costa Mesa, California; cdcdesigns.com $24.000 NR 1 87 20
29 Anshen + Allen San Francisco; anshen.com $22.055 $284.53 1 106 114
30 Hillier Architecture Princeton, New Jersey; hillier.com $21.700 $390.00 4 42 23
31 Mancini Duffy New York; manciniduffy.com $21.500 $550.00 11 145 32
32 Zimmer Gunsul Frasca architects Portland, Oregon; zgf.com $20.400 $750.00 4 75 27
33 RTKL Associates Baltimore; rtkl.com $20.000 $420.00 8 117 33
34 Daroff Design + DDI Architects Philadelphia; daroffdesign.com $18.240 $160.00 3 63 46
35 Cubellis Boston; cubellis.com $17.600 $387.20 7 61 42
36 HKS Dallas; hksinc.com $17.500 $325.00 4 85 31
37 Ted Moudis Associates New York; tedmoudis.com $17.500 $175.00 4 90 35
38 CUH2A Princeton, New Jersey; cuh2a.com $14.800 $350.00 3 78 37
39 Marc-Michaels Interior Design Winter Park, Florida; marc-michaels.com $14.422 $26.60 NR 50 43
40 Peter Marino Architect New York; petermarinoarchitect.com $14.250 $400.00 1 94 45
41 VOA Associates Chicago; voa.com $13.920 $303.71 5 67 44
42 A/R Environetics Group New York; aregroupinc.com $13.900 $160.00 2 55 30
43 Little Charlotte, North Carolina; littleonline.com $13.750 $350.00 20 56 41
44 ASD Atlanta; asdnet.com $13.500 NR NR 69 48
45 STUDIOS Architecture Washington, D.C.; studiosarchitecture.com $13.200 $140.00 4 86 39
46 HFS/Concepts 4 Long Beach, California; thehfsgroup.com $13.000 $310.00 NR 89 40
47 Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Atlanta; srssa.com $12.682 NR NR 67 70
48 Karlsberger companies Columbus, Ohio; karlsberger.com $12.046 $493.71 2 18 59
49 Swanke Hayden Connell Architects New York; shca.com $11.986 $272.00 3 89 51
50 Brennan Beer Gorman Monk INTERIORS New York; bbg-bbgm.com $11.520 NR NR 70 55
51 TRO Jung/Brannen Boston; trojungbrannen.com $11.500 $404.01 4 26 86
52 DBI Architects Washington, D.C.; dbia.com $11.400 $190.00 2 53 47
53 DiLeonardo International Warwick, Rhode Island; dileonardo.com $11.400 NR NR 65 52
54 OWP/P Chicago; owpp.com $11.300 $320.00 5 39 61
55 TVS Interiors Atlanta; tvsinteriors.com $11.160 $150.00 9 76 58
56 RMW architecture & Interiors San Francisco; rmw.com $10.951 $288.75 3 57 53
57 CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Boston; cbtarchitects.com $10.850 $260.00 4 54 57
58 Tricarico Architecture and Design Wayne, New Jersey; tricarico.com $10.470 $150.00 5 74 64
59 Gresham, Smith and Partners Nashville; gspnet.com $10.315 $208.00 4 92 54
60 Switzer Group New York; theswitzergroup.com $10.200 $160.00 4 32 56
61 Ware Malcomb Irvine, California; waremalcomb.com $9.724 $170.18 5 37 92
62 Planning Design Research Corporation Houston; pdrcorp.com $9.600 $325.00 4 46 79
63 Slifer Designs Edwards, Colorado; sliferdesigns.com $9.200 NR NR 40 80
64 Group Goetz Architects Washington, D.C.; gga.com $9.055 $180.00 NR 54 96
65 PGAL Houston; pgal.com $9.000 $256.00 4 22 -
66 Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects New York; gwathmey-siegel.com $9.000 $120.00 0.4 49 73
67 Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Minneapolis; hga.com $8.900 $200.00 6 25 -
68 LS3P Associates Charleston, South Carolina; ls3p.com $8.800 $670.00 13 54 69
69 Francis Cauffman foley hoffmann Philadelphia; franciscauffman.com $8.800 $160.00 4 37 77
70 Lawrence Group Saint Louis; thelawrencegroup.com $8.738 $180.00 3 91 76
71 Huntsman Architectural Group San Francisco; huntsmanag.com $8.700 $350.00 8 61 65
72 Staffelbach Design Associates Dallas; staffelbach.com $8.670 $175.00 1 51 94
73 BraytonHughes Design Studios San Francisco; bhdstudios.com $8.530 $163.00 NR 46 75
74 McCall Design Group San Francisco; mccalldesign.com $8.232 $105.00 2 44 68
75 SPACE Chicago; thinkspace.biz $8.000 $450.00 6 110 60
76 Environments Group Chicago; envgroup.com $8.000 $350.00 2 NR 72
77 LPA Irvine, California; lpainc.com $7.875 $186.76 3 29 89
78 Rees Associates Oklahoma City; rees.com $7.875 $179.81 2 31 -
79 Granary Associates Philadelphia; granaryassoc.com $7.666 NR NR 59 50
80 Loebl Schlossman & Hackl Chicago; lshdesign.com $7.616 $110.50 1 9 95
81 Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo Honolulu; watg.com $7.609 NR NR 54 78
82 Bergmeyer Associates Boston; bergmeyer.com $7.600 $110.00 1 68 97
83 Duncan & Miller Design Dallas; duncanmillerdesign.com $7.500 $325.00 2 84 138
84 Sasaki Associates Watertown, Massachusetts; sasaki.com $7.500 $275.00 1 35 122
85 Gettys Chicago; gettys.com $7.500 NR NR 46 103
86 WWCOT Los Angeles; wwcot.com $7.485 $201.00 3 18 81
87 Baskervill Richmond, Virginia; baskervill.com $7.366 $117.00 3 21 105
88 H. Chambers Company Baltimore; chambersusa.com $7.225 $83.00 2 13 82
89 Babey Moulton Jue & Booth San Francisco; bamo.com $7.200 NR NR 45 117
90 Wolcott Architecture Interiors Los Angeles; wolcottai.com $6.900 $90.00 2 41 84
91 Carrier Johnson San Diego; carrierjohnson.com $6.859 $171.46 2 24 85
92 Interprise Design Addison, Texas; interprisedesign.com $6.500 $68.00 3 47 109
93 Ellerbe Becket Minneapolis; ellerbebecket.com $6.450 $450.00 7 46 29
94 RYA Design Consultancy Dallas; rya.com $6.285 $240.44 2 34 100
95 JRS Architect Mineola, New York; jrsarchitect.com $6.250 $55.00 1 28 98
96 Tsoi/Kobus & Associates Cambridge, Massachusetts; tka-architects.com $6.200 $261.91 1 14 83
97 Elkus/Manfredi Architects Boston; elkus-manfredi.com $6.200 $35.50 1 32 146
98 Bilkey Llinas Design Associates Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; bilkeyllinas.com $6.180 NR NR 58 -
99 VeenendaalCave Atlanta; vcave.com $6.150 $17.33 3 47 107
100 Ronald Schmidt & Associates Englewood, New Jersey; rsaaia.com $6.100 $100.00 3 36 115
100 JGA Southfield, Michigan; jga.com $6.100 $61.00 2 35 90
I.D. fee, dollar value, and square footage numbers are in millions. NR = not reported
Firm I.D. Fees Rank
Gensler $91,080,000 1
NELSON $53,900,000 5
IA Interior Architects $49,352,016 7
HOK $42,163,800 2
TPG Architecture $24,592,948 18
Perkins + Will $22,050,000 3
Kling $19,920,000 27
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $19,800,000 11
DMJM Rottet $19,112,083 22
Mancini Duffy $17,888,000 31

 

Firm I.D. Fees Rank
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates $45,451,000 10
Wilson & Associates $36,084,000 15
Gensler $15,840,000 1
HFS/Concepts 4 $13,000,000 46
rockwell group $12,985,000 23
Leo A Daly $11,736,000 8
DiLeonardo International $11,400,000 53
Daroff Design + DDI Architects $10,944,000 34
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $9,000,000 11
Brennan Beer Gorman Monk $8,640,000 50

 

Firm I.D. Fees Rank
Jacobs $23,781,330 12
Gensler $11,880,000 1
Group Goetz Architects $7,244,000 64
Perkins + Will $6,300,000 3
Leo A Daly $5,868,000 8
HDR $5,450,000 6
HOK $5,220,280 2
STUDIOS Architecture $3,960,000 45
PageSoutherlandPage $3,927,000 13
HLW $3,840,000 24

 

Firm I.D. Fees Rank
Gensler $20,790,000 1
HOK $6,023,400 2
Leo A Daly $3,912,000 8
Daroff Design + DDI Architects $2,736,000 34
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $2,250,000 11
PGAL $2,250,000 65
NBBJ $684,000 19
Hillier Architecture $434,000 30
Gresham, Smith and Partners $103,150 59
LS3P Associates $88,000 68

 

Firm I.D. Fees Rank
HDR $38,150,000 6
HOK $21,081,900 2
Perkins Eastman $21,065,600 17
Anshen + Allen $19,849,500 29
Perkins + Will $18,900,000 3
Cannon Design $17,592,750 14
PageSoutherlandPage $16,886,100 13
NBBJ $15,390,000 19
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca architects $10,200,000 32
SmithGroup $9,597,120 16

 

Firm 2005 I.D. Fees 2006 I.D. Fees % Change 07 Rank
Anshen + Allen $4,620,000 $22,055,000 377.4 29
Duncan & Miller Design $3,450,000 $7,500,000 117.4 83
Elkus/Manfredi Architects $3,100,000 $6,200,000 100.0 97
Burt Hill $16,120,000 $30,030,000 86.3 21
TRO Jung/Brannen $6,294,000 $11,500,000 82.7 51
Sasaki Associates $4,200,000 $7,500,000 78.6 84
NELSON $32,000,000 $55,000,000 71.9 5
Design Forum $27,900,000 $47,700,000 71.0 9
Ware Malcomb $5,919,550 $9,724,192 64.3 61
Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & associates* $7,741,675 $12,681,937 63.8 47

 

Firm I.D. Fees Rank
Gensler $13,860,000 1
HKS $4,375,000 36
HLW $3,840,000 24
Jacobs $2,123,333 12
Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart B $1,902,291 47
SmithGroup $1,845,600 16
SPACE $1,600,000 75
rockwell group $1,590,000 23
Pavlik Design Team $1,572,757 20
HOK $1,505,850 2

 

Firm % of Foreign Projects Rank
Bilkey Llinas Design Associates 100 98
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates 80 10
Wilson & Associates 70 15
DiLeonardo International 65 53
Duncan & Miller Design 50 83

 

Firm I.D. Fees Rank
Cannon Design $15,638,000 14
Burt Hill $10,510,500 21
HOK $8,834,320 2
Perkins + Will $6,300,000 3
SmithGroup $6,275,040 16
Leo A Daly $5,379,000 8
Gensler $4,950,000 1
PageSoutherlandPage $3,927,000 13
Sasaki Associates $3,750,000 84
Flad & Associates $3,712,500 25

 

Firm I.D. Fees Rank
Creative Design Consultants $18,720,000 28
Marc-Michaels Interior Design $14,422,000 39
Slifer Designs $7,544,000 63
Peter Marino Architect $7,267,500 40
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $6,750,000 11
Perkins + Will $5,040,000 3
Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects $4,680,000 66
Callison $2,930,000 4
Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart B $2,916,846 47
Babey Moulton Jue & Booth $2,736,000 89

 

Firm I.D. Fees Rank
Design Forum $47,700,000 9
Callison $41,020,000 4
Gensler $31,680,000 1
Pavlik Design Team $26,422,312 20
FRCH Worldwide $19,201,754 26
Tricarico Architecture and Design $10,260,629 58
ROCKWELL GROUP $9,540,000 23
TPG Architecture $8,432,876 18
Cubellis $7,040,000 35
McCall Design Group $6,585,600 74

 

Title Annual Salary (Median) Hourly Rate (Median)
Principals/Partner $135,000 $200
Project Manager $85,000 $140
Designer $60,000 $104
Other I.D. Staff $45,000 $80

 

Methodology
The first installment of the two-part annual business survey of Interior Design Giants comprises the 100 largest firms ranked by interior design fees for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2006. The second 100 Giants firm ranking will be published in July.

Interior design fees include fees attributed to:
  • All types of interiors work, including commercial and residential.

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

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

Interior design fees do not include revenues paid to a firm and remitted to subcontractors who are not considered the equivalent of full-time staff. For example, certain firms attract work that is subcontracted to a local firm. The originating firm may collect all the fees and retain a fee for management or generation, paying the remainder to the performing firm. The amounts paid to the latter firm are not included in the fees of the collecting firm in determining its ranking. Data was compiled and analyzed by Interior Design's market research staff in New York: research director Wing Leung and research manager Laura Girmscheid. Judith Davidsen is a frequent contributor to Interior Design.
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