From January through early February 2007, the Design Futures Council surveyed leading firms—those believed to represent best practices in architecture—on the subjects of compensation, benefits, and bonuses. Surveys were distributed and returned via fax, postal mail, e-mail, and through a proprietary online survey tool.
The firms that participated represent 463 offices with headquarters in 61 cities across the continental United States. Firms of all sizes (small—fewer than 20 employees; medium— fewer than 50; large—50 or more; and extra large—150+) took part. Collectively, these firms employ more than 76,000 staff. Not all firms answered all questions. Participating firms were informed that all responses would be kept in strict confidence by the Greenway Group Inc., the organization administering the research on behalf of the Design Futures Council.
The research administrators independently collected surveys and detached identifying cover sheets to ensure confidentiality. All data were compiled, aggregated, and organized so that no firm or individual could be identified. An officer from each participating firm signed and dated the completed questionnaire, listing his or her position in the firm; the Greenway Group validated the authenticity of the responses. Responses collected through a proprietary online survey form were confirmed with access tracking tools and telephone confirmations. Responses from outside North America are not included in this summary.
The complete, unabridged report is published in the March 2007 issue of DesignIntelligence at www.di.net. For further information about methodology, write to the Greenway Group at 25 Technology Parkway South, Suite 101, Norcross, GA, 30092, or e-mail Mary Pereboom, principal for research and administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org.