2017
Top 100 Giants Research

The current lineup of the top 100 Giants firms is Interior Design’s 40th, and that deserves some recognition. Our Giants make a lot more money today than they did four decades ago—and are doing it with more diversity of talent, technology, geography, and materials than ever before. Business is good, and firms are optimistic.

Ranking
Hyundai Capital Services in Seoul, South Korea, is by Gensler [#1]. Photography by Nacása & Partners.
Gensler
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gensler.com
San Francisco
535.7484
20023.571264
129.602403
2200
1
Perkins+Will
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perkinswill.com
Chicago
175
5900
40
461
3
HOK
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hok.com
St. Louis
163
5335
60
342
2
AECOM
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aecom.com
Los Angeles
148
6375
51
270
NA
Jacobs
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jacobs.com
Dallas
143.572084
2584.297512
28.714417
560
4
HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates
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hba.com
Santa Monica
126.7
7602
NR
1446
5
Stantec
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stantec.com
Edmonton
111.353637
1391.920475
16.375535
719
7
IA Interior Architects
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interiorarchitects.com
San Francisco
111.2215
4621.5
39.21021
438
6
NELSON
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NELSONonline.com
Philadelphia
96.914
NR
46.52
461
9
DB&B
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dbb.com
Singapore
95.13
120.165
3.19
130
11
HKS
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hksinc.com
Dallas
81.9091
216
NR
275
10
CallisonRTKL
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callisonrtkl.com
Baltimore
73.537
NR
30
243
8
LEO A DALY
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leoadaly.com
Omaha
70.315993
NR
NR
142
14
CannonDesign
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CannonDesign.com
Chicago
68.52
NR
24
180
15
Perkins Eastman Architects
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perkinseastman.com
New York
63.4375
NR
NR
353
13
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
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som.com
New York
60.15
NR
NR
138
12
SmithGroupJJR
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smithgroupjjr.com
Detroit
58.205
NR
34.915
218
NA
Wilson Associates
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wilsonassociates.com
Dallas
50
NR
NR
284
17
Hammel, Green and Abrahamson
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hga.com
Minneapolis
49.963
NR
NR
81
20
M Moser Associates
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mmoser.com
Hong Kong
48.63544
632
11.139057
689
18
DLR Group
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dlrgroup.com
Overland Park, KS
48.517
NR
NR
66
19
NBBJ
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nbbj.com
Seattle
48.021
NR
NR
197
16
STUDIOS Architecture
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studios.com
Washington DC
43.144893
200
14
257
26
Corgan
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corgan.com
Dallas
42.5
1193.31176
14
149
22
TPG Architecture
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tpgarchitecture.com
New York
41.58
NR
10.5
175
32
Page
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pagethink.com
Washington DC
40.04
NR
NR
78
24
Rockwell Group
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rockwellgroup.com
New York
39.3
NR
NR
193
23
HLW International
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hlw.com
New York
37.6
788
NR
196
31
Ted Moudis Associates
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tedmoudis.com
New York
35.5
340
7.4
100
27
Steve Leung Designers
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steveleung.com
Hong Kong
35.144
NR
NR
332
30
Space Matrix Design Consultants
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spacematrix.com
Singapore
34.5
460
8.3
411
37
FRCH Design Worldwide
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frch.com
Cincinnati
32.8055
NR
NR
64
33
Little
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littleonline.com
Charlotte
29.734
335
9.1
233
35
ZGF Architects
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zgf.com
Portland, OR
29
710.5
5.263
90
29
HDR
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hdrinc.com
Omaha
28.2
NR
NR
135
34
Ware Malcomb
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waremalcomb.com
Irvine, CA
28
854
14
111
42
CDC Designs
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cdcdesigns.com
Costa Mesa, CA
27.1
15.718
NR
62
39
Shepley Bulfinch
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shepleybulfinch.com
Boston
26.45
26.45
1.202
12
48
Flad Architects
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Flad.com
Madison, WI
25.65
1700.25
11.335
227
36
Vocon
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vocon.com
Cleveland
24.44
429
4.08805
111
41
Bilkey Llinas Design
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bilkeyllinas.com
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
23.948
NR
NR
92
40
J&A (Jiang & Associates)
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jaid.cn
Shenzhen, China
23.42319506
NR
NR
326
NA
Shlemmer+Algaze+Associates Interiors & Architecture
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saaia.com
Culver City, CA
22.5
22
3.5794
117
50
Marc-Michaels Interior Design
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marc-michaels.com
Winter Park, FL
22.4
24
NR
36
46
CBT
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cbtarchitects.com
Boston
22
NR
NR
68
47
Yabu Pushelberg
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yabupushelberg.com
New York
20.825
NR
NR
119
38
Rebel Design+Group
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rebeldesign.com
Marina Del Rey
19.46924751
589.332679
1.755277
58
53
ASD|SKY
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asdsky.com
Atlanta
19.1
NR
NR
132
51
RSP Architects
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rsparch.com
Minneapolis
18.656
NR
NR
112
77
Populous
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populous.com
Kansas City
18.4854
NR
3.5
35
71
Dalton Steelman Arias & Anderson (A Steelman Partners Affiliate)
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dsaainteriors.com
Las Vegas
18
280
0.9
34
43
EwingCole
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ewingcole.com
Philadelphia
17.5
556
3
40
52
Checkland Kindleysides
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checklandkindleysides.com
Leicester, UK
17.451754496
NR
NR
82
45
Elkus Manfredi Architects
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elkus-manfredi.com
Boston
17
NR
6
61
63
Gresham, Smith and Partners
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greshamsmith.com
Nashville
16.2
355
2.02
52
66
The Gettys Group
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gettys.com
Chicago
16.2
NR
NR
82
57
LS3P
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ls3p.com
Charleston
16.053604
443.895
96.5
64
55
HMC Architects
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hmcarchitects.com
Ontario, CA
15.98
NR
NR
44
59
Sargenti Architects
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sargarch.com
Paramus, NJ
15.73395
550
10
120
69
The Switzer Group
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theswitzergroup.com
New York
15.097
566.138
3.774
65
68
Spector Group
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spectorgroup.com
New York
15
520
3.2
43
96
Wimberly Interiors
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wimberlyinteriors.com
New York
14.612
NR
NR
90
58
Stonehill & Taylor Architects
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stonehilltaylor.com
New York
14.031051
160
5
90
84
OTJ Architects
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otj.com
Washington DC
14
NR
3.045
68
67
DES Architects + Engineers
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des-ae.com
Redwood City, CA
13.94
NR
3.82
33
70
Rapt Studio
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raptstudio.com
San Francisco
13.789
467
3.2
53
54
Lawrence Group
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thelawrencegroup.com
St. Louis
13.68
580
4.6
66
62
Harley Ellis Devereaux
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hed.design
Southfield
13.54
13.5
1.85
125
74
Tricarico Architecture and Design
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tricarico.com
Wayne, NJ
13.0625
418
1.782
80
60
FKP Architects
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fkp.com
Houston
13
400
2
23
44
Cooper Carry
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coopercarry.com
Atlanta
13
14.181818
3.418182
54
88
JPC Architects
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jpcarchitects.com
Bellevue, WA
12.825
42
6
60
90
Rottet Studio
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rottetstudio.com
Houston
12.806317
NR
NR
40
76
Environetics
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environetics.com
Los Angeles
12.8
126.65
1.75
56
56
Clark Nexsen
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clarknexsen.com
Virginia Beach
12.58
NR
NR
8
75
Daroff Design + DDI Architects
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daroffdesign.com
Philadelphia
12.45
350
3
39
61
Milo Kleinberg Design Associates (MKDA)
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mkda.com
New York
12.255
275
2
47
79
AvroKO
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avroko.com
New York
11.975263
16.82394
4.561
112
93
Huntsman Architectural Group
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huntsmanag.com
San Francisco
11.967709
300
2
74
73
AP+I Design
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apidesign.com
Mountain View, CA
11.7
311
3.5
48
86
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
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ramsa.com
New York
11.575
240.0155
5.876983
16
97
Mancini•Duffy
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manciniduffy.com
New York
11.5
139
3.5
65
80
B+H Architects
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bharchitects.com
Toronto
11.4
300
1.5
59
100
Staffelbach
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staffelbach.com
Dallas
11.035
175
0.9
57
78
Ankrom Moisan Architects
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ankrommoisan.com
Portland, OR
10.933208
225.5
10
69
NA
EDG Interior Architecture + Design
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edgdesign.com
Novato, CA
10.89
220
0.75
72
NA
Wolcott Architecture Interiors
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wolcottai.com
Culver City, CA
10.6
275
3.1
60
85
DiLeonardo International
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dileonardo.com
Warwick, RI
10.6
NR
NR
71
82
STG Design
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stgdesign.com
Austin
10.575
151
4.2
36
NA
Partners by Design
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pbdinc.com
Chicago
10.25
42
4.5
59
91
BAMO
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bamo.com
San Francisco
10
NR
NR
43
NA
Baskervill
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baskervill.com
Richmond, VA
9.828926
745
11.65
25
98
Francis Cauffman
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franciscauffman.com
New York
9.5823
352
9.1
53
83
Hartman Design Group
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hartmandesigngroup.com
Rockville, MD
9
8.6
0.63
21
NA
Aria Group Architects
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ariainc.com
Oak Park, IL
8.75
125
1.2
87
NA
Ryan Young Interiors
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ryan-young.com
National City, CA
8.675
6.65
1.81599
33
NA
Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning
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kasian.com
Vancouver, BC
8.55
NR
NR
59
NA
Chute Gerdeman
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chutegerdeman.com
Columbus, OH
8.5
NR
2.772911
60
87
RMW architecture & interiors
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rmw.com
San Francisco
8.294066
205.25
0.825
66
99
Margulies Perruzzi Architects
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mp-architects.com
Boston
8.25
154
1
50
NA
#
Firm
Fees

As usual, we have some new annual numbers to share. Giants have a good history of beating their own forecasts for total design fees, having done so for seven straight years. The latest fees came in at $3.9 billion, nearly $200 million better than predicted. If the numbers-beating streak continues, we’ll be seeing total fees higher than $4.1 billion reported next January. On the flip side, while terrific at beating fee forecasts, the Giants aren’t as accurate on how much square footage they will work on. They had hoped for just short of 1 billion square feet and came in with slightly over 900 million, which is still a bump from the previous 884 million. From a fee standpoint, that’s $103 per foot, up from $99.

Sustainability is still a factor, but how big of one is up for debate. The number of employees who are LEED-accredited has been dropping for years and currently stands at 25 percent. Just over half of total fees come from sustainable projects: $2 billion. While that hasn’t actually decreased, growth has been very slow. Green furniture and fixtures appear to have peaked at 64 percent of grosses two years ago and today come in at 60 percent, or $51.2 billion. Last year, an average of 6 out of every 10 square feet were sustainable—more than 7 out of every 10 square feet for a third of the firms. They certainly want to have the conversation, 91 percent saying that sustainability is part of design decisions. So the green trends warrant monitoring. Money is definitely there, but growth is debatable. More firms are doing the work with fewer LEED staffers.

One area where the news is virtually all good: staff. The number of designers employed rose from 15,200 to 16,800. Firms are getting their money’s worth, too, as fees per employee have reached $317,000, an all-time record. Employee compensation has gone up accordingly. Salaries rose to $75,000 for design staff on average and to $110,000 for project managers, the highest we’ve ever tracked for both.

Median Annual Salary
Median Hourly Rate
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Fees by Project Type
(*in millions of dollars)
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Market Sector

The biggest segments remain office projects (39 percent of revenue), hospitality (14 percent), health care (13 percent), and government and retail (7 percent each). Some of these areas showed nice growth. Office-related fees were up a healthy 14 percent, while government dollars grew by 25 percent and health care 22 percent. One interesting note from the firms that work on education projects: Higher ed has always been the big moneymaker, but the number of firms working in the K-12 arena has been steadily rising and has now hit 61 percent. Regardless of sector, the Giants have shown a remarkable ability to line up work. At the low point of the Great Recession, they worked a total of 22,200 jobs. Since then, the number of jobs has grown each year and stands today at 58,600. Throughout that time, the ratio of new construction to renovation has held pretty steady at around 1:1. However, “reno” is currently at the highest it’s been in three reports. For either scenario, the furniture, fixtures, and construction products have always been big business, with grosses continually rising. This time was no exception, with $85 billion worth of product installed versus $58 billion in the 2011 report. Next time, the Giants look to top the $90 billion mark.

Top 10 Giants by Sector
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Office
#1Gensler
Design fees*$289.30M
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#1
Gensler
$289.30M
#8
IA Interior Architects
$96.76M
#9
NELSON
$90.13M
#2
Perkins+Will
$87.50M
#3
HOK
$76.61M
#10
DB&B
$64.69M
#5
Jacobs
$53.12M
#20
M Moser Associates
$45.72M
#21
DLR Group
$42.69M
#4
AECOM
$35.52M
Hospitality
#6HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates
Design fees*$126.70M
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#6
HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates
$126.70M
#1
Gensler
$42.86M
#18
Wilson Associates
$35.50M
#27
Rockwell Group
$25.55M
#41
Bilkey Llinas Design
$23.95M
#11
HKS
$17.20M
#51
Dalton Steelman Arias & Anderson (A Steelman Partners Affiliate)
$17.10M
#56
The Gettys Group
$15.39M
#62
Wimberly Interiors
$14.61M
#47
Rebel Design+Group
$14.60M
Retail Design
#1Gensler
Design fees*$58.93M
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#1
Gensler
$58.93M
#12
CallisonRTKL
$48.68M
#32
FRCH Design Worldwide
$24.28M
#53
Checkland Kindleysides
$17.45M
#59
Sargenti Architects
$15.42M
#25
TPG Architecture
$12.06M
#69
Tricarico Architecture and Design
$11.50M
#33
Little
$10.70M
#42
J&A (Jiang & Associates)
$9.49M
#49
RSP Architects
$7.46M
Government Design
#5Jacobs
Design fees*$60.30M
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#5
Jacobs
$60.30M
#4
AECOM
$34.04M
#16
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
$28.27M
#1
Gensler
$26.79M
#10
DB&B
$19.03M
#22
NBBJ
$14.89M
#3
HOK
$11.41M
#26
Page
$10.81M
#13
LEO A DALY
$10.55M
#2
Perkins+Will
$8.75M
Healthcare / Assisted Living Design
#2Perkins+Will
Design fees*$52.50M
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#2
Perkins+Will
$52.50M
#7
Stantec
$37.86M
#11
HKS
$36.04M
#15
Perkins Eastman Architects
$34.89M
#14
CannonDesign
$34.26M
#4
AECOM
$29.60M
#19
Hammel, Green and Abrahamson
$23.48M
#22
NBBJ
$20.65M
#17
SmithGroupJJR
$19.79M
#13
LEO A DALY
$19.69M
Educational Design
#1Gensler
Design fees*$26.79M
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#1
Gensler
$26.79M
#14
CannonDesign
$20.56M
#7
Stantec
$16.70M
#3
HOK
$16.30M
#5
Jacobs
$11.49M
#4
AECOM
$10.36M
#2
Perkins+Will
$8.75M
#24
Corgan
$8.50M
#38
Shepley Bulfinch
$7.94M
#58
HMC Architects
$7.83M
Residential Design
#30Steve Leung Designers
Design fees*$30.58M
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#30
Steve Leung Designers
$30.58M
#37
CDC Designs
$27.10M
#44
Marc-Michaels Interior Design
$20.16M
#18
Wilson Associates
$14.00M
#13
LEO A DALY
$9.84M
#46
Yabu Pushelberg
$8.33M
#96
Ryan Young Interiors
$7.37M
#81
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
$7.18M
#7
Stantec
$6.68M
#45
CBT
$5.50M
Cultural Design
#1Gensler
Design fees*$37.50M
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#1
Gensler
$37.50M
#4
AECOM
$17.76M
#3
HOK
$16.30M
#11
HKS
$4.91M
#19
Hammel, Green and Abrahamson
$4.50M
#27
Rockwell Group
$3.93M
#50
Populous
$3.70M
#7
Stantec
$3.34M
#17
SmithGroupJJR
$2.91M
#2
Perkins+Will
$1.75M
Transportation Design
#1Gensler
Design fees*$32.14M
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#1
Gensler
$32.14M
#4
AECOM
$17.76M
#3
HOK
$16.30M
#5
Jacobs
$8.61M
#24
Corgan
$8.50M
#7
Stantec
$3.34M
#42
J&A (Jiang & Associates)
$2.95M
#55
Gresham, Smith and Partners
$2.75M
#11
HKS
$2.46M
#2
Perkins+Will
$1.75M
Types of Government Projects
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Types of Educational Projects
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Types of Residential Projects
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Breakdown of Projects
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Growth

Business remains global, but the U.S. market is by far the biggest. With 15 of the Giants strictly U.S.-focused, more than half complete at least 90 percent of their projects here. (Not counting the three firms based internationally.) Of the firms conducting business abroad, 74 percent work in Asia and the Pacific Rim, 60 percent in Europe, and 51 percent in Canada. Volume was up in Europe and the Caribbean, by 11 percent and 20 percent, respectively, while the Middle East was down 15 percent. Of special note: Mexican projects have attracted 39 percent of these firms, the highest volume since we began keeping track 10 years ago.

The last 40 years haven’t always been kind, for sure, but right now it’s safe to say that the Giants’s interior design business is robust and poised for continued success—71 firms reported revenue growth, and 88 expect business to be even better this year. When we asked about new tactics to generate that growth, the words that came up most were expand and diversify. We’re talking across the board. Expansion and diversification of the kind of work firms do, where they do it, and what kind of talent they recruit to get the job done. That’s what a 40-year learning curve gets you. So let’s just say it: Here’s to 40 more!

Top 10 Fastest Growing Firms by Percent Change in Design Fees (*in millions of dollars)
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Expected Growth Potential in 2017
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#1 US West
77% growth
#2 US South
68% growth
#3 US Northeast
67% growth
#4 US Midwest
46% growth
#5 China
37% growth
#6 U.A.E
28% growth
#7 Other Asia
28% growth
#8 Canada
25% growth
#9 Western Europe
25% growth
#10 Mexico
22% growth
#11 Other Middle East
21% growth
#12 Central / South America
20% growth
#13 Caribbean
15% growth
#14 India
15% growth
#15 Eastern Europe
13% growth
#16 Africa
11% growth
Written By: Mike Zimmerman
Research By: Wing Leung
Charts Designed By: Darlene Portades
Charts Built By: Joe Zeleny
Methodology

The first installment of the two-part annular business survey of Interior Design Giants comprises the 100 largest firms ranked by interior design fees for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2016. The 100 Rising Giants ranking will be published in July. Interior design fees include those attributed to:

  1. All types of interiors work, including commercial and residential.
  2. All aspects of a firm's interior 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 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 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. Ties are broken by the dollar value of products installed. Where applicable, all percentages are based on responding Giants, not their total number. The data was compiled and analyzed by the Interior Design market research staff in New York, led by Wing Leung, research director.