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“Architect” Magazine’s 2013 Top 50 Firms: The 14 Area Firms That Made the Cut

The firms were ranked on business, sustainability, and design.

Top photos of 1050 K Street via Hickok Cole Architects website; bottom designs of Georgetown University via Studio Architecture.

What’s the best way to choose the nation’s top architecture firms? If you’re Architect magazine, the process includes ignoring the revenue rankings—which can often exclude smaller firms—and instead taking an intensive, qualitative look at each firm’s sustainability, business, and design by examining net revenues per employee, energy-efficiency metrics, and project portfolios. The resulting ranked list winds up including the smaller boutique firms alongside the big guys. This year, the list—the magazine’s fifth—included 14 firms that maintain a presence in our city. Read on to see which Washington firms made the list, along with the overall rank for each, then visit the magazine’s website to see the lists broken down by criteria.

Westlake Reed Leskosky (3)

Clark Nexsen (11)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (12)

EYP Architecture & Engineering (13)

HOK (15)

Fentress Architects (16)

SmithGroupJJR (17)

Perkins + Will (18)

ZGF Architects (24)

Studios Architecture (26)

Hickok Cole Architects (35)

Cannon Design (36)

RNL Design (40)

FxFowle Architects (44)