The design profession has been hit hard over the past six years. By some estimates, as many as 40% of architects were unemployed during the height of the recession, in 2009. Engineers fared better but not by much. Everybody did more with less. Now, after several fits and starts over the past few years, the market finally is in recovery mode. It’s no bull market, but strength is building. Still, many “lean and mean” project delivery methods born of the recession remain in place.

The table below shows only rankings and firm name. For complete data from the Top 500 Design Firms list see the following links.

KEY TO TYPE OF FIRM A architect, E engineer, EC engineer-contractor, AE architect-engineer, EA engineer-architect, ENV environmental, GE geotechnical engineer, L landscape architect, P planner and O other, Other combinations are possible. Firms classified themselves.