The Meta Rankings

ZweigWhite's Hot Firms list ranks the top 100 fastestgrowing U.S. architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms from 2002 to 2005.

ZweigWhite received more than 400 entries; to be eligible, firms must have had 2002 gross revenue of at least $1 million. Firms' dollar and percentage growth were weighted equally, and revenue figures were verified using financial statements and tax returns. The Hot Firms list here, supplied by ZweigWhite, extracts only the architecture firms from its compilation of A/E/P leaders.

1 FRCH Design Worldwide Cincinatti Number of Employees: 200 2 Little Charlotte, N.C. Number of Employees: 275 3 BSB Design West Des Moines, Iowa Number of Employees: 300 4 Sasaki Associates Watertown, Mass. Number of Employees: 250 5 EDSA Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Number of Employees: 200 6 BSA Lifestructures Indianapolis Number of Employees: 215 7 Scott &Goble Architects Tulsa, Okla. Number of Employees: 70 8 RNL Denver Number of Employees: 200 9 Mackey Mitchell Associates ST. Louis Number of Employees: 45 10 KAHLER SLATER MILWAUKEE Number of Employees: 125 11 Harley Ellis Deveraux Southfield, Mich. Number of Employees: 500 12 MULVANNYG2 Architecture Bellevue, Wash. Number of Employees: 400 13 JLG Architects Grand Forks, N.D. Number of Employees: 25 14 Hnedak Bobo Group Memphis, Tenn. Number of Employees: 100 15 Wesketch Architecture Millington, N.J. Number of Employees: 30 16 Dominick Tringali Architects Bloomfield, Mich. Number of Employees: 25 17 Perkowitz Ruth Architects Long Beach, Calif. Number of Employees: 320 18 Cuhaci & Peterson Architects Orlando, Fla. Number of Employees: 100 19 SGA Companies Bethesda, MD. Number of Employees: 15 20 Maxwell Johanson Maher Architects Nashville, Tenn. Number of Employees: 40

This list of firms, based on informal research, is a summary of those honored for projects recognized in the "Sustainable/Green Design" awards section of the DesignIntelligence Almanac of Architecture & Design from 2004 to 2007.

Over the past 10 years, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has scooped up 21 honor awards from the national AIA, more than twice as many as its nearest competitor, Richard Meier & Partners. What's more interesting are the patterns evident in the table at right: Several firms have had dry spells punctuated by redletter years (like Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck, which won three awards in 2002, all for projects in its home state of Iowa).

A quarter of the AIA's total membership (pie graph) is made up of architects in major metropolitan area's, which represent 10 of the largest chapters, aka the "Big Sib".

We get a snapshot of dominant players in local markets by charting the biggest winners of last year's awards competitions for 10 of the largest local AIA chapters.

This list, compiled by us from Emporis, ranks the top 11 tallest buildings around the world completed by U.S. firms during the years 2004-2007. Why 11? The Time Warner Center towers are a sameheight pair (like Shanghai's Grand Gateway towers), so we thought we'd throw one more in_especially since it's only a foot shorter than the ninth and 10th entries.

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