Architect Magazine has published their list of the 50 best architecture firms in the United States, and the 2017 top honors went to a combination of established heavyweights as well as young upstarts.
The rankings are based on scores from three categories: business, design and sustainability. This year there were more entrants than ever before (149 firms submitted entries) with several first-time entrants making waves, including New-York based WORKac who ranked #1 in the design category. Topping the overall list was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), who also ranked in the top 10 for design and sustainability. SOM became the first firm to secure the overall Number One position twice.
ZGF Architects took first place in the sustainability category for the second year in a row with their ecodistrict Kashiwa-no-ha (outside Tokyo), and the Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center cited as industry-leading sustainability projects.
In the business category, the east coast firm FXFowle (New York & Washington D.C.) garnered the top award with special kudos for their Statue of Liberty Museum.
Congratulations to all the firms for their remarkable achievements worldwide.