Giants: Number 2—And Gaining

Once again showing more hustle and bustle than the top 100 Interior Design Giants, the second 100 Giants earned $425,634,285 for our 2008 reporting period, up 25 percent from the previous year—the top group's increase was only 15 percent. Both beat their own earnings projections by more than 10 percent, but interior design continues to account for a larger share of earnings for the second group (73 percent) than for the top group (59 percent). In fact, 35 of the second Giants report that all their income derives from interior design. (Only 17 of the top Giants claim that distinction, with architecture, engineering, facilities management, and industrial design playing a larger part.)


The most earned by a single second Giant was $7,325,000, up 25 percent; the least was $1,700,000, up 13 percent. As always, corporate office work was the most active sector for both sets of Giants, but hospitality, which commands the highest average fees per hour, has been growing steadily over the past five years for the second 100 Giants, consistently coming in just behind offices and now accounting for 29 percent of earnings. Conversely, hospitality has been something of a roller coaster for the top 100 Giants, now generating only 17 percent of earnings. After hospitality, offices commanded the highest hourly fees, followed by the ever fascinating "other" category, which comprises government, retail, education, culture and entertainment, residential, health care and assisted living , and transportation.


The value of the second 100 Giants' fixtures, furnishings, and construction was $10,215,788,968, up 19 percent, compared with the top 100's tally, which rose only 15 percent. Total space designed was 192,179,056 square feet, up 8 percent versus 3 percent for the top 100. However, before we become too entranced by the get-up-and-go of the second 100, we should note that their earnings per square foot installed are only three quarters that of the top 100 Giants, the projects' dollar value roughly one third less. Interior design staff increased 5 percent, to 2,725, not much of a showing compared to the top Giants' 13 percent. The second 100 also billed fewer working hours. At the same time, however, earnings per employee rose 11 percent, an increase more than double that of the top 100.


After five years during which renovation projects accounted for a small majority of the second 100 Giants' work, the tables turned this year: New construction took the lead. International jobs rose from 5.3 percent to 8.6 percent but still lagged behind the top 100's 14.1 percent.


Over the past two years, the second 100 Giants have considerably increased the presence of sustainability and branding experts. The number of firms with green concerns in their mission statements has risen to 56, fewer than the top 100's 68 firms but a 71 percent increase nonetheless. The second 100 specified $446,207,200 in green product, just under 15 percent of total expenditures on fixtures and furnishings. That's compared with 34 percent for the top 100.


On average, government, educational, corporate office, and health-care clients are the most receptive to green design. Under 14 percent of the interior design staff at second 100 Giant firms is LEED-accredited, as opposed to 44 percent for the top 100. Eleven firms follow LEED guidelines at least 75 percent of the time, but 18 haven't had a chance to follow them at all. Clearly, a better class of client is indicated.


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Rank 2008 Firm (headquarters | website) Design Fees (millions) Value (millions) Sq. Ft. (millions) Design Staff Rank 2007
101 Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (Cambridge, Massachusetts | tka-architects.com) $7.325 $90.85 0.72 25 96
102 Interprise (Addison, Texas | interprisedesign.com) $7.200 $70.00 2.80 43 92
103 Ziegler Cooper Architects (Houston | zieglercooper.com) $7.160 $152.00 2.50 39 105
104 Space (Chicago | thinkspace.biz) $7.000 $400.00 5.00 105 75
105 McCall Design Group (San Francisco | mccalldesign.com) $7.000 $110.00 2.00 40 74
106 Wolcott Architecture Interiors (Los Angeles | wolcottai.com) $7.000 $105.00 2.00 43 90
107 Veenendaalcave (Atlanta | vcave.com) $6.866 $20.13 3.90 50 99
108 Carrier Johnson (San Diego | carrierjohnson.com) $6.858 $254.00 2.54 24 91
109 Looney & Associates (Dallas | looney-associates.com) $6.800 $200.00 3.00 42 125
110 Fxfowle Architects (New York | fxfowle.com) $6.800 $136.00 0.75 20 -
111 OPX (Washington, D.C. | opxglobal.com) $6.750 $135.00 1.93 23 148
112 Gary Lee Partners (Chicago | garyleepartners.com) $6.750 $115.00 1.20 34 115
113 Granary Associates (Philadelphia | granaryassoc.com) $6.630 NR NR 59 79
114 Graham Downes Architecture (San Diego | grahamdownes.com) $6.600 $25.00 1.10 34 117
115 Anderson Mikos Architects (Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois | andersonmikos.com) $6.590 $48.72 4.90 17 111
116 WATG (Honolulu | watg.com) $6.416 NR NR 52 81
117 Ratcliff (Emeryville, California | ratcliffarch.com) $6.320 NR NR 35 157
118 Arcturis (St. Louis | arcturis.com) $6.319 $84.00 1.40 54 113
119 OTJ Architects (Washington, D.C. | otj.com) $6.259 $40.00 4.10 48 126
120 Interior Space International (Chicago | epstein-isi.com) $6.249 $625.00 15.00 41 120
121 Ronald Schmidt & Associates (Englewood, New Jersey | rsaaia.com) $6.200 $120.00 3.00 36 100
122 Chute Gerdeman (Columbus, Ohio | chutegerdeman.com) $6.100 NR NR 37 -
123 KZF Design (Cincinnati | kzf.com) $6.027 $161.00 11.11 30 116
124 Westar Architects (Las Vegas | wagnarchitects.com) $5.865 NR NR 25 142
125 H. Hendy Associates (Newport Beach, California | hhendy.com) $5.850 $66.38 2.00 32 124
126 Cagley & Tanner (Las Vegas | cagleyandtanner.com) $5.719 $126.00 1.83 21 129
127 RYA Design Consultancy (Dallas | rya.com) $5.689 $244.15 2.12 37 94
128 Hendrick (Atlanta | hendrickinc.com) $5.651 $130.00 6.50 27 114
129 Butler Rogers Baskett Architects (New York | brb.com) $5.600 $50.00 1.30 25 103
130 OZ Architecture (Denver | ozarch.com) $5.436 NR NR 32 131
131 Susman Tisdale Gayle (Austin, Texas | stgarchitects.com) $5.214 $10.08 0.69 28 110
132 Zeffdesign (New York | zeffdesign.com) $5.200 $200.00 1.00 26 173
133 Pollack Architecture (San Francisco | pollackarch.com) $5.200 $56.81 1.06 30 122
134 ABA (Las Vegas | abalv.com) $5.175 $265.00 NR 22 136
135 Cheryl Rowley Design (Los Angeles | cherylrowleydesign.com) $4.940 NR 3.20 33 121
136 BLT Architects (Philadelphia | blta.com) $4.936 $30.00 1.70 12 -
137 SFA Design (Santa Barbara, California | sfadesign.com) $4.830 $30.00 0.20 16 154
138 Spector Group (New York | spectorgroup.com) $4.800 $105.00 1.00 29 -
139 Whitney (Oak Brook, Illinois | whitneydesign.com) $4.776 $75.00 3.00 31 118
140 GBD Architects (Portland, Oregon | gbdarchitects.com) $4.751 $45.00 2.00 24 -
141 Robert A.M. Stern Architects (New York | ramsa.com) $4.550 $10.00 0.30 18 -
142 KNA Interior Design (Los Angeles | knadesign.com) $4.400 $837.43 4.12 15 164
143 Faulkner Design Group (Dallas | faulknerdesign.com) $4.400 $595.00 1.30 21 -
144 Style Interior Design (Irvine, California | style-interiors.com) $4.383 $63.00 4.65 15 133
145 Burkettdesign (Denver | burkettdesign.com) $4.342 $173.67 2.89 31 112
146 Haverson Architecture and Design (Greenwich, Connecticut | haversonarchitecture.com) $4.250 $45.00 0.27 15 140
147 Yates-Silverman (Las Vegas | yates-silverman.com) $4.100 $200.00 NR 30 146
148 Heitz Parsons Sadek (West Palm Beach, Florida | heitz-parsons-sadek.com) $4.068 $68.00 1.45 23 153
149 Davis Carter Scott (McLean, Virginia | dcsdesign.com) $4.003 NR NR 23 123
150 Biber Partnership (Summit, New Jersey | tbpaia.com) $3.970 $25.20 1.60 14 132
151 Mojo Stumer Associates (Greenvale, New York | mojostumer.com) $3.906 $30.00 0.20 21 135
152 Rothenberg Sawasy Architects (Los Angeles | rsala.com) $3.900 $24.00 0.52 44 168
153 Vitetta (Philadelphia | vitetta.com) $3.900 $21.00 1.10 29 -
154 SKB Architecture & Design (Washington, D.C. | skbarch.com) $3.854 $42.80 0.61 28 128
155 Goettsch Partners (Chicago | gpchicago.com) $3.852 NR 1.00 14 152
156 Hatch Design Group (Costa Mesa, California | hatchdesign.com) $3.807 $146.71 0.34 29 158
157 Reel Grobman & Associates (San Jose, California | reelgrobman.com) $3.800 $150.00 1.80 25 139
158 Adache Group Architects (Fort Lauderdale, Florida | adache.com) $3.800 $13.00 1.70 22 134
159 Meyer Design (Ardmore, Pennsylvania | meyerdesigninc.com) $3.667 $123.12 2.98 38 159
160 Puccini Group (San Francisco | puccinigroup.com) $3.610 $44.70 0.70 28 163
161 AAI (San Jose, California | aaidesign.com) $3.600 $58.00 5.00 25 -
162 Design Development Company (Agoura Hills, California | designdevelopment-group.com) $3.575 $49.00 0.40 13 143
163 Loffredo Brooks Architects (New York | lbarch.com) $3.574 $85.00 0.80 20 167
164 Carson Design Associates (Carmel, Indiana | carsondesign.com) $3.520 $52.00 1.90 48 -
165 Shea (Minneapolis | shealink.com) $3.500 $55.00 0.55 20 176
166 SOSH Architects (Atlantic City | sosharch.com) $3.366 $300.00 0.75 21 -
167 Phillips Architecture (Raleigh, North Carolina | phillipsarch.com) $3.315 $58.00 1.40 22 -
168 Cleo Design (Las Vegas | cleo-design.com) $3.144 NR 4.13 17 165
169 EDI Architecture (Houston | ediarchitecture.com) $3.100 $77.00 1.49 11 119
170 Partridge Architects (Philadelphia | partridgearch.com) $3.089 $31.03 0.58 23 172
171 Core Architecture + Design (Washington, D.C. | coredc.com) $3.040 $24.00 0.24 17 166
172 J. Banks Design Group (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina | jbanksdesign.com) $2.926 $57.25 NR 19 137
173 Rowland Design (Indianapolis | rowlanddesign.com) $2.925 NR NR 26 180
174 EDG Interior Architecture + Design (San Rafael, California | edgdesign.com) $2.900 $45.00 0.40 21 161
175 Spacesmith (New York | spacesmith.net) $2.890 $8.00 0.35 23 145
176 RD Jones & Associates (Baltimore | rdjones.com) $2.700 NR NR 22 171
177 Dyer Brown & Associates, Architects (Boston | dyerbrown.com) $2.600 $40.00 1.50 21 169
178 IEI Group (Philadelphia | ieigroup.com) $2.600 $30.00 1.50 13 182
179 GRAD Associates (Newark | gradarchitects.com) $2.520 $49.50 0.55 14 170
180 RNL (Denver | rnldesign.com) $2.504 NR NR 23 181
181 Idea/Span (Atlanta | idea-span.com) $2.499 $70.00 1.27 19 185
182 Design Directions (Marietta, Georgia | designdirectionsinc.com) $2.410 $88.00 3.30 15 179
183 Looney Ricks Kiss (Memphis | lrk.com) $2.400 $19.29 1.30 20 196
184 Dupoux Design (New York | dupouxdesign.com) $2.389 $120.00 0.73 21 -
185 Lauckgroup (Dallas | lauckgroup.com) $2.340 $60.00 0.90 25 151
186 Hopping Kovach Grinnell (Vancouver, British Columbia | hkgdesign.com) $2.238 $28.78 0.35 14 190
187 Ir2–Interior Resource (San Diego | ir2.com) $2.109 $11.50 1.30 14 178
188 Vivian/Nichols Associates (Dallas | vivian-nichols.com) $2.095 $101.89 1.50 15 -
189 Inarch (New York | inarch.net) $2.068 $18.00 0.68 15 183
190 Marvin Stein & Associates (Seattle | marvinstein.com) $2.019 $65.00 NR 15 197
191 RDH & Associates (Addison, Texas | rdhassociates.net) $2.000 $200.00 0.41 8 147
192 Cole Martinez Curtis and Associates (Los Angeles | cmcadesign.com) $2.000 $125.000 1.75 12 194
193 Design Collective (Columbus, Ohio | dcollective.com) $1.917 $26.00 NR 17 188
194 Designplan (Indianapolis | designplaninc.com) $1.869 NR 1.25 14 175
195 Gray Design Group (St. Louis | graydesigngroup.com) $1.800 $245.85 2.98 25 187
196 Paradigm Design Group (Cypress, Texas | paradigm-design.com) $1.753 $7.20 NR 9 -
197 Orsini Design Associates (New York | orsinidesignassociates.com) $1.752 NR NR 3 184
198 Cuningham Group Architecture (Minneapolis | cuningham.com) $1.750 NR 1.88 159 189
199 HVScompass Interior Design (Rockville, Maryland | hvscompass.com) $1.726 $28.77 1.84 15 -
200 Ruys & Company (Atlanta | ruys.com) $1.700 $20.00 0.50 7 195

 

  2007 Actual Fees % of Fees
Corporate Office $158,872,686 37.33%
Hospitality $122,407,188 28.76%
Retail $33,225,844 7.81%
Health Care/Assisted Living $32,128,620 7.55%
Residential $27,637,315 6.49%
Educational $18,007,434 4.23%
Government $15,691,946 3.69%
Museum/Cultural $5,131,637 1.21%
Transportation $379,593 0.09%
Other $12,152,024 2.86%
Total: $425,634,285 100.00%

 

  2008 Forecasted Fees % of Fees
Corporate Office $168,152,135 36.9%
Hospitality $129,169,143 28.4%
Retail $36,060,119 7.9%
Health Care/Assisted Living $37,365,572 8.2%
Residential $31,526,920 6.9%
Educational $17,538,299 3.9%
Government $15,230,148 3.3%
Museum/Cultural $8,475,320 1.9%
Transportation $353,380 0.1%
Other $11,653,570 2.6%
Total: $455,524,605 100.00%

 

Title Annual Salary (median) Hourly Rate (median)
Principal/Partner $140,000 $200
Project Manager $85,000 $145
Designer $56,750 $100
Other Design Staff $47,000 $85

 

Firm 2008 Rank
Fxfowle Architects 110
Chute Gerdeman 122
BLT Architects 136
Spector Group 138
GBD Architects 140
Robert A.M. Stern Architects 141
Faulkner Design Group 143
Vitetta 153
AAI 161
Carson Design Associates 164
SOSH Architects 166
Phillips Architecture 167
Dupoux Design 184
Vivian/Nichols Associates 188
Paradigm Design Group 196
HVScompass Interior Design 199

 

Firm 2008 Design Fees 2007 Design Fees % Change Rank
Faulkner Design Group $4,400,000 $1,370,000 221% 143
Zeffdesign $5,200,000 $2,358,000 121% 132
Paradigm Design Group $1,752,550 $795,142 120% 196
Ratcliff $6,320,000 $3,075,000 106% 117
OPX $6,750,000 $3,494,114 93% 111
Westar Architects $5,865,000 $3,575,000 64% 124
KNA Interior Design $4,440,000 $2,819,000 56% 142
SFA Design $4,830,313 $3,172,188 52% 137
Looney & Associates $6,800,000 $4,500,000 51% 109
Shea $3,500,000 $2,320,000 51% 165
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