Architect Magazine

Top Architecture Firms Database

Find out which architecture firms consistently ranked in the Architect 50 year over year for the past 10 years.

The Top Architecture Firms Database is a robust tool that makes it easy to see which firms are the best in the U.S.

We imported the entire Architect Magazine's Architect 50 list of the top architects into Layer App, the flexible database for architects.

With this handy tool, you'll be able to visualize unique sets of data including Rankings by Year, Rankings by Business, Sustainability, and Design Category, and more!

Why should you join the Top Architecture Firms Database?

  • Get free access to the past decade of the Architect 50 list in an organized and easy-to-understand format.
  • Visualize trends from year to year and see who excelled overall and in Design, Sustainability, and Business.
  • Even see how your firm compares to the top architects in your region.
  • It's free to join!

Here's how to access the Top Architecture Firms Database in Layer App:

1. Sign up below to receive an invite to the Top Architecture Firms Database.
2. Check your email inbox for the invite.
3. Click the "Open Project" button in the invite to access the database!
If you don't have a Layer App account, you will be prompted to create a free account.

Want to dive deep into the data? Make sure to check out "Architect 50 Database: Overall Rankings Year Over Year" to read about our findings.


What is the Architect 50?

It’s been a decade since Architect Magazine began its annual Architect 50 rankings to answer the simple question: which architecture firm had the best year? 

While other “Top Architecture Firm” lists rank practices by size and profit, the Architect 50 is different. 

Architect Magazine created the initiative to promote a more holistic view of the profession. Because of this, firms of all sizes are featured on the Architect 50. These practices are celebrated for not only healthy billings, but also strong design portfolios, commitment to sustainability, and overall treatment of employees. 

Since its creation in 2009, the Architect 50 has proven to be a barometer of the best architects in the country. 

It has also become an invaluable blueprint for practices aspiring to shape and strengthen their firm goals and culture.

How is the Architect 50 determined?

The methodology which determines the Architect 50 rankings has shifted slightly over the years and the three-part scoring system has been in place since 2011.

In general, each firm who participates submits detailed data organized under three categories: Business, Sustainability, and Design. Each category is comprised of four to five weighted data points that make up the final score and ranking. 

Learn more about the methodology behind the Architect 50 rankings.

What is Layer App?

Layer App is a flexible database that connects to BIM. At its core, it's a smart spreadsheet that makes it easy to capture data, then slice and view that data through specific lenses. 

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