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    Up To The Challenge: 2009 Top 100 Giants

     

    This is going to require a little perspective. Interior Design's current top 100 Giants earned $2,697,678,869 in 2008, an increase of 13 percent over the previous crew and 9 percent more than their own forecasts. Sounds good, no? But if the pundits who claim the current recession was already under way a year ago are correct, 13 percent is not just good but rather extraordinary.


    This year's Giants were responsible for 750,308,533 square feet, up 19 percent, and $58,375,277,937 in furnishings, fixtures, and construction, up 7 percent. New construction accounted for 62 percent of jobs, renovations 38 percent—pretty much the same as the year before. Project types that paid the best per unit of time or effort were health care, office, and hospitality, followed at a distance by retail. Government and educational paid the least.


    As of our survey last October, the Giants predicted a 6 percent decline in interior design income for the coming year. But, again, a little perspective. A 10 percent decline is projected in overall income, which includes earnings from building and landscape architecture, engineering, facilities management, industrial design, consulting, planning, preservation, lighting, feasibility studies, branding, graphics, and set design. On average, interiors account for 58 percent of Giant income, with only 16 firms devoted exclusively to the practice. Declines of 7 percent are also projected in square footage as well as furniture, fixtures, and construction.

    Peter Marino Architect Ermenegildo Zegna New York


    The largest portion of Giant income still comes from the office sector, but its share has dropped 11 percent since 2005. Over the same period, hospitality grew from 9 to just shy of 20 percent of income.


    Almost 30 percent of Giant fees derived from environmentally responsible design, with 19 firms earning 50 percent or more from the category. Still, 22—including five of the top 10—did not report any green income at all. Government, educational, and office clients were the most enthusiastic about sustainability, with health care and hospitality only mildly engaged, and cultural and retail projects barely on the map. Sustainable products accounted for 44 percent of those specified, and 14 firms claim that at least 75 percent of their choices was green. All in all, the 97 firms specifying environmentally responsible products spent a tidy $6,988,806,383, roughly 12 percent of all spending on furniture, fixtures, and construction.

    Nokia Latin America Miami Leo A Daly


    The median annual fee earned per employee was $221,619, up 6 percent from the previous year and 32 percent over 2003, when we started calculating this figure. Recruiting high-caliber staff members was the second-highest concern for the Giants, after the economy. To hang onto them, competitive salaries and benefits topped the list, followed by diverse projects and collaborative work environments.


    The Giants hired 740 interior design employees during 2008, increasing staffs by an average of 7 percent. Sustainability credentials and computer expertise were named most often as skills required now versus five years ago. A dozen firms relied more on independent contractors than previously; 49 used the same number; 33 used fewer.


    It remains to be seen, of course, how these numbers will play out in the future. In the meantime, Interior Design is confident that our industry's innovation will play a significant role in creating the exact sort of alternatives needed to stem the tide and reflect changes in business practice. We'll keep our ear to the ground, reporting the latest news as early and often as possible.


    See the top 100 Giants from 2008


    See all the Giants rankings


    Images from top: Gresham, Smith and Partners designed Nissan Americas in Franklin, Tenneessee. Photo by Brian Robbins; Peter Marino Architect's Ermenegildo Zegna boutique is in New York. Photo by Paul Warchol; Nokia Latin America, Miami, is by Leo A Daly. Photo by Simon Hare.



    Rank 2009 Firm (Headquarters|Web Site) Design Fees (millions) Value (millions) Sq. Ft. (millions) Design Staff Rank 2008
    1 Gensler (San Francisco | gensler.com) $285.000 $5,700.00 70.50 1,140 1
    2 HOK (St. Louis | hok.com) $114.000 $3,721.11 47.71 395 2
    3 HDR (Omaha | hdrinc.com) $92.400 $2,800.00 21.00 390 7
    4 Callison (Seattle | callison.com) $89.000 $2,000.00 20.00 145 3
    5 Perkins + Will (Chicago | perkinswill.com) $85.886 $2,158.00 32.43 305 4
    6 Jacobs (Pasadena, California | jacobs.com) $74.565 $1,350.00 15.00 300 6
    7 Nelson (Philadelphia | nelsononline.com) $70.000 $1,600.00 18.20 378 5
    8 HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Los Angeles | hbadesign.com) $68.800 $4,059.20 38.66 440 8
    9 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (New York | som.com) $61.537 NR 5.48 113 12
    10 Wilson Associates (Dallas | wilsonassoc.com) $53.600 $1,000.00 NR 349 11
    11 Leo A Daly (Omaha | leoadaly.com) $53.480 $1,500.00 13.40 211 10
    12 Burt Hill (Washington, D.C. | burthill.com) $52.800 NR NR 301 19
    13 IA Interior Architects (San Francisco | interiorarchitects.com) $51.810 $950.00 23.00 272 9
    14 RMJM Hillier (New York | rmjmhillier.com) $50.000 $1,600.00 10.50 350 30
    15 Perkins Eastman (New York | perkinseastman.com) $49.980 $854.00 5.17 185 16
    16 PageSoutherlandPage (Houston | pspaec.com) $48.312 $597.58 9.20 180 13
    17 Cannon Design (New York | cannondesign.com) $47.950 NR 6.00 167 15
    18 SmithGroup (Detroit | smithgroup.com) $43.659 $540.00 5.50 197 14
    19 M Moser Associates (Hong Kong | mmoser.com) $40.609 $205.96 4.25 370 -
    20 Pavlik Design Team (Fort Lauderdale, Florida | pavlikdesign.com) $39.341 NR 43.97 123 17
    21 KlingStubbins (Philadelphia | klingstubbins.com) $35.000 $700.00 9.95 140 20
    22 NBBJ (Seattle | nbbj.com) $34.980 $1,000.00 22.00 208 18
    23 Flad Architects (Madison, Wisconsin | flad.com) $32.850 $1,105.00 8.50 86 26
    24 TPG Architecture (New York | tpgarchitecture.com) $31.943 $1,085.00 9.50 183 22
    25 Rockwell Group (New York | rockwellgroup.com) $29.900 $124.50 1.36 37 24
    26 HLW International (New York | hlw.com) $29.400 $700.00 NR 82 41
    27 Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (Portland, Oregon | zgf.com) $29.000 $600.00 3.00 94 33
    28 Anshen + Allen (San Francisco | anshen.com) $28.000 $656.55 1.93 100 28
    29 Cubellis (Boston | cubellis.com) $27.400 $639.00 9.13 79 23
    30 AECOM (Los Angeles | aecom.com) $26.111 $479.86 4.41 63 21
    31 Little (Charlotte, North Carolina | littleonline.com) $25.800 $365.00 19.00 55 43
    32 FRCH Design Worldwide (Cincinnati | frch.com) $25.200 $500.00 NR 155 27
    33 Studios Architecture (Washington, D.C. | studiosarchitecture.com) $25.025 $1,155.00 4.20 131 39
    34 RTKL Associates (Baltimore | rtkl.com) $25.000 $350.00 10.00 133 34
    35 HKS (Dallas | hksinc.com) $25.000 NR NR 258 35
    36 EwingCole (Philadelphia | ewingcole.com) $24.800 $500.00 3.00 150 37
    37 HGA Architects and Engineers (Minneapolis | hga.com) $24.250 NR NR 34 -
    38 Mancini Duffy (New York | manciniduffy.com) $23.000 $575.00 10.30 123 25
    39 Ted Moudis Associates (New York | tedmoudis.com) $22.000 $200.00 5.00 100 36
    40 VOA Associates (Chicago | voa.com) $20.479 $341.31 6.83 92 38
    41 BBG-BBGM (New York | bbg-bbgm.com) $20.000 NR NR 42 51
    42 Daroff Design + DDI Architects (Philadelphia | daroffdesign.com) $19.500 $175.00 3.00 35 40
    43 Peter Marino Architect (New York | petermarinoarchitect.com) $18.700 $300.00 0.45 102 47
    44 Harley Ellis Devereaux (Southfield, Michigan | harleyellisdevereaux.com) $18.000 $304.00 4.10 115 31
    45 Bilkey Llinas Design (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida | bilkeyllinas.com) $17.200 NR NR 117 74
    46 ASD (Atlanta | asdnet.com) $17.000 NR NR 90 49
    47 Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart (Atlanta | srssa.com) $16.190 NR NR 40 32
    48 Vocon (Cleveland | vocon.com) $15.300 $260.00 3.70 62 56
    49 Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott (Boston | sbra.com) $14.949 $166.10 0.47 14 72
    50 DBI Architects (Washington, D.C. | dbia.com) $14.500 $210.00 3.00 64 50
    51 Marc-Michaels Interior Design (Winter Park, Florida | marc-michaels.com) $14.100 $225.00 NR 50 48
    52 RMW Architecture & Interiors (San Francisco | rmw.com) $14.003 $398.00 2.95 65 65
    53 Roger Ferris + Partners (Westport, Connecticut | ferrisarch.com) $14.000 $300.00 1.20 38 61
    54 TVSdesign (Atlanta | tvs-design.com) $13.500 NR NR 72 58
    55 OWP/P (Chicago | owpp.com) $13.325 NR 4.80 33 -
    56 LS3P Associates (Charleston, South Carolina | ls3p.com) $13.200 $674.00 12.70 63 57
    57 Granary Associates (Philadelphia | granaryassoc.com) $13.000 NR NR 47 113
    58 CBT (Boston | cbtarchitects.com) $12.700 $415.00 4.00 60 60
    59 Karlsberger (Columbus, Ohio | karlsberger.com) $12.540 $1,104.40 3.63 22 59
    60 Switzer Group (New York | theswitzergroup.com) $12.200 $220.00 3.50 44 69
    61 DiLeonardo International (Warwick, Rhode Island | dileonardo.com) $12.200 NR NR 80 53
    62 Cooper Carry (Atlanta | coopercarry.com) $12.140 $200.00 2.10 35 76
    63 Ware Malcomb (Irvine, California | waremalcomb.com) $12.063 $360.00 6.03 34 45
    64 Gresham, Smith and Partners (Nashville | gspnet.com) $11.760 $137.98 6.20 73 64
    65 Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (New York | shca.com) $11.400 NR 3.20 83 44
    66 Lawrence Group (St. Louis | thelawrencegroup.com) $10.834 $298.00 3.56 93 52
    67 Robert A.M. Stern Architects (New York | ramsa.com) $10.737 $140.00 2.42 19 141
    68 Huntsman Architectural Group (San Francisco | huntsmanag.com) $10.500 $450.00 0.75 74 70
    69 Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (Irvine, California | watg.com) $10.404 NR 14.24 50 116
    70 BAMO (San Francisco | bamo.com) $10.100 NR NR 57 62
    71 Stonehill & Taylor Architects and Planners (New York | stonehilltaylor.com) $10.024 $200.00 3.00 43 84
    72 Gettys (Chicago | gettys.com) $10.004 NR NR 69 66
    73 Staffelbach Design Associates (Dallas | staffelbach.com) $9.900 $220.00 1.70 60 80
    74 Creative Design Consultants (Costa Mesa, california | cdcdesigns.com) $9.872 NR NR 45 29
    75 BraytonHughes Design Studios (San Francisco | bhdstudios.com) $9.631 NR NR 44 86
    76 Arcturis (St. Louis | arcturis.com) $9.559 $231.33 1.92 68 118
    77 Group Goetz Architects (Washington, D.C. | gga.com) $9.500 $165.00 1.50 55 100
    78 JRS Architect (Mineola, New York | jrsarchitect.com) $9.500 $85.00 0.45 45 77
    79 Slifer Designs (Edwards, Colorado | sliferdesigns.com) $9.450 $26.45 NR 32 73
    80 TRO Jung/Brannen (Boston | trojungbrannen.com) $9.256 $257.10 1.03 39 63
    81 Design Duncan Miller Ullmann (Dallas | designdmu.com) $9.100 $500.00 3.00 40 82
    82 LPA (Irvine, California | lpainc.com) $9.030 $211.34 3.84 30 -
    83 Baskervill (Richmond, Virginia | baskervill.com) $9.009 $122.05 3.78 20 90
    84 ForrestPerkins (Dallas | forrestperkins.com) $8.925 $200.00 NR 79 68
    85 TSC Design Associates (New York | tscdesign.com) $8.800 $105.00 3.10 52 79
    86 Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (Cambridge, Massachusetts | tka-architects.com) $8.648 $220.40 0.69 18 101
    87 Chambers (Baltimore | chambersusa.com) $8.625 $94.00 2.33 16 89
    88 WWCOT (Los Angeles | wwcot.com) $8.614 $221.00 3.50 20 91
    89 Ballinger (Philadelphia | ballinger-ae.com) $8.600 $29.63 0.69 18 55
    90 Francis Cauffman (Philadelphia | franciscauffman.com) $8.500 $205.00 5.50 52 75
    91 Tricarico Architecture and Design (Wayne, New Jersey | tricarico.com) $8.346 $190.00 1.98 64 54
    92 McCall Design Group (San Francisco | mccalldesign.com) $8.075 $115.00 2.10 39 105
    93 JPC Architects (Bellevue, Washington | jpcarchitects.com) $8.000 $150.00 2.00 44 81
    94 Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (New York | gwathmey-siegel.com) $8.000 $125.00 0.40 47 71
    95 Ziegler Cooper Architects (Houston | zieglercooper.com) $8.000 NR 3.00 40 103
    96 Kasian (Vancouver, British Columbia | kasian.com) $7.972 $45.00 8.00 60 88
    97 Bergmeyer (Boston | bergmeyer.com) $7.900 $95.00 0.70 57 97
    98 Wolcott Architecture/Interiors (Los Angeles | wolcottai.com) $7.800 $100.00 NR 44 106
    99 Margulies Perruzzi Architects (Boston | mp-architects.com) $7.650 $50.00 1.20 34 92
    100 Anderson Mikos Architects (Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois | andersonmikos.com) $7.478 $62.44 6.83 16 115

     

    % of Fees by Project Type (2008 Actual Fees)

    Office $854,390,765
    Hospitality $530,980,806
    Health Care/Assisted Living $385,990,518
    Retail $269,235,649
    Government $154,864,807
    Educational $174,383,433
    Residential $108,919,542
    Cultural $41,463,647
    Transportation $33,392,674
    Other $144,057,027
    Total $2,697,678,869

     

    % of Fees by Project Type (2009 Forecasted Fees)

    Office $808,606,024
    Hospitality $510,774,906
    Health Care/Assisted Living $362,257,831
    Retail $271,524,638
    Government $169,960,679
    Educational $142,538,901
    Residential $96,653,421
    Cultural $29,811,519
    Transportation $24,914,719
    Other $119,807,586
    Total $2,536,850,223

     

    10 Fastest-Growing

    Firm 2008 Fees 2007 Fees % Change Rank
    Robert A.M. Stern Architects $10,736,946 $4,550,000 136.0 67
    RMJM Hillier $50,000,000 $23,450,000 113.2 14
    Granary Associates $13,000,000 $6,630,000 96.1 57
    Bilkey Llinas Design $17,200,000 $9,100,000 89.0 45
    Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott $14,949,000 $9,158,000 63.2 49
    Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo $10,404,000 $6,416,000 62.2 69
    HLW International $29,400,000 $18,240,000 61.2 26
    Burt Hill $52,800,000 $33,082,000 59.6 12
    Little $25,800,000 $16,500,000 56.4 31
    Arcturis $9,558,900 $6,319,400 51.3 76

     

    Median Hourly Rate

    Principal/Partner $203
    Project Manager $150
    Designer $115
    Other Design Staff $85

     

    Median Annual Salary

    Principal/Partner $147,500
    Project Manager $95,000
    Designer $69,000
    Other Design Staff $50,000

     

    Firms with the Most Foreign Projects

    Firm Percentage
    M Moser Associates 95%
    Wilson Associates 90%
    HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates 88%
    DiLeonardo International 75%
    Design Duncan Miller Ullmann 75%
    RMJM Hillier 60%
    HOK 57%
    Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo 55%
    Swanke Hayden Connell Architects 50%
    BBG-BBGM 45%

     

    New to the Top 100 Giants

    Firm Rank
    M Moser Associates 19
    HGA Architects and Engineers 37
    OWP/P 55
    Granary Associates 57
    Robert A.M. Stern Architects 67
    Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo 69
    Arcturis 76
    LPA 82
    Tsoi/Kobus & Associates 86
    McCall Design Group 92
    Ziegler Cooper Architects 95
    Wolcott Architecture/Interiors 98
    Anderson Mikos Architects 100

     

    The Most Admired Firms (Voted by the 2009 Top 100 Giants)

    1. Gensler

    2. Studios Architecture

    3. HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates

    4. HOK

    Top 10 in Hospitality (corrected)

    Firm Design Fees
    HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates $68,800,000
    Wilson Associates $53,064,000
    Gensler $34,200,000
    Rockwell Group $25,415,000
    HOK $23,940,000
    Bilkey Llinas Design $17,200,000
    Leo A Daly $17,113,600
    Daroff Design + DDI Architects $16,770,000
    BBG-BBGM $16,000,000
    DiLeonardo International $12,200,000

     

    Top 10 in Office (corrected)

    Firm Design Fees
    Gensler $133,950,000
    Nelson $67,200,000
    HOK $60,420,000
    IA Interior Architects $50,773,800
    M Moser Associates $40,609,000
    Perkins + Will $34,354,400
    KlingStubbins $29,400,000
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $21,538,033
    TPG Architecture $21,433,878
    HLW International $20,580,000

     

    Top 10 in Health Care/Assisted Living

    Firm Design Fees
    HDR $47,124,000
    Perkins + Will $34,354,400
    Perkins Eastman $25,489,800
    Cannon Design $25,413,500
    Anshen + Allen $25,200,000
    PageSoutherlandPage $24,156,000
    SmithGroup $15,280,615
    HGA Architects and Engineers $14,550,000
    HKS $12,500,000
    Granary Associates $12,480,000

     

    Top 10 in Educational

    Firm Design Fee
    Burt Hill $19,008,000
    Cannon Design $15,344,000
    Gensler $11,400,000
    Flad Architects $8,212,500
    RMJM Hillier $7,500,000
    Perkins + Will $6,870,880
    HDR $6,468,000
    Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects $5,800,000
    HOK $5,700,000
    LPA $5,418,000

     

    Top 10 in Retail

    Firm Design Fees
    Callison $54,290,000
    Gensler $42,750,000
    Pavlik Design Team $33,439,468
    Jacobs $25,352,134
    FRCH Design Worldwide $13,860,000
    Little $8,772,000
    Peter Marino Architect $8,602,000
    TPG Architecture $8,433,001
    Cubellis $8,220,000
    Tricarico Architecture and Design $7,678,706

     

    Top 10 in Residential

    Firm Design Fees
    Marc-Michaels Interior Design $14,100,000
    Robert A.M. Stern Architects $8,739,874
    Callison $7,120,000
    Creative Design Consultants $6,910,400
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $6,769,096
    Slifer Designs $6,615,000
    Peter Marino Architect $6,171,000
    Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects $5,520,000
    Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart $5,504,568
    Cooper Carry $4,006,200

     

    Top 10 in Government

    Firm Design Fees
    Jacobs $33,554,295
    Gensler $17,100,000
    HDR $11,088,000
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $7,999,841
    Group Goetz Architects $7,600,000
    PageSoutherlandPage $7,246,800
    Leo A Daly $6,952,400
    HOK $6,840,000
    EwingCole $6,696,000
    Studios Architecture $6,256,250

     

    Top 10 in Cultural

    Firm Design Fees
    Gensler $14,250,000
    HKS $3,750,000
    Studios Architecture $2,502,500
    Roger Ferris + Partners $2,100,000
    Pavlik Design Team $1,967,028
    HGA Architects and Engineers $1,697,500
    HLW International $1,470,000
    EwingCole $1,240,000
    Leo A Daly $1,069,600
    RMJM Hillier $1,000,000

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