The premier industry ranking for US-based architecture companies, Architect 50 differentiates itself by measuring firms not by size or revenue, but on business and sustainability performance and design excellence.
Specifically, we are ranked #19 overall and #17 for design excellence in this year’s survey. Here are key ways our design work is making positive impacts that led to our strong ranking:
Alleviating America’s Mental Health Crisis
The first design firm to dedicate an entire studio to behavioral health, we opened important new projects last year including the University of Kansas Health System’s Strawberry Campus (pictured at top). The project converts a former EPA Building into a leading-edge mental health facility to serve a neglected population. We’re also working with Sheppard Pratt Health System on a new 85-bed behavioral health campus in Maryland.
Helping All Students Thrive
Knowing today’s students struggle with loneliness, diet, obesity, mental health issues and more in new ways, we’re leading projects that help students live healthier including Virginia Tech’s War Memorial Hall, a powerful nucleus for wellness that unites VT’s School of Education, Department of Health Nutrition, Foods & Exercise, Hokie Wellness, counseling and Human Performance under one roof. The building is positioned next to a residence hall to create an entire Live-Learn Community (LLC) focused on wellness in the future.
We’re also advancing centers focused on holistic recreation and wellness with Boston College, University of North Carolina Charlotte and numerous others. We also recently opened Emerson Place at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, a residence hall that promotes gender inclusiveness and introduces rooms and floor plans that encourage student connections and community. At York University, we helped the institution open a second student centre designed to be the most inclusive campus building in the world with spaces for academics, meetings, multifaith prayer and more.
The Future of Medicine
Kaiser Permanente is set to open its new School of Medicine, a project we proudly collaborated with them to design, in 2020. The project is set to graduate “a diverse community of compassionate healers, lifelong learners, and courageous leaders of change within the medical profession and in society.” They will have the skills, capabilities and resilience to lead the transformation of healthcare delivery in the nation. This is a key project in helping address our country’s current doctor and nurse shortages.
At the same time, we’re working with institutions like University of Colorado on paradigm-shifting clinical workspaces like The Hub, a destination that combines on-demand workspaces with concierge services, free food and snacks, fitness space, lounge areas, TV, sleep pods and more. The space bolsters the efficiency and health of clinical staff and stands as a model for other academic medical centers.
Helping Children Learn and Heal
Our design work in 2019 bolstered children’s health on numerous fronts. We worked with 8 of the top 10 Children’s Hospitals per U.S. News & World Report and opened key facilities like the new Children’s Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs. The building has been called a “game changer” for the community and been met with rave reviews. We’re also designing one of the first stand-alone care centers for autistic patients for Children’s Hospital of Orange County that will open in early 2020.
At the same time, our K12 practice opened Rockford Public Schools K-5 prototype school, a project Fast Company recognized with an Innovation X Design award for the way it engaged students in the design process. Similarly, our Waukee Innovation & Learning Center earned a SXSWedu Learn X Design award in 2019.
This year’s strong Architect 50 ranking builds on previous success in the survey and other recent distinction for our firm including Fast Company naming us one of the most important design companies of 2019, Healthcare Design selecting us as their Outstanding Health Organization of the Year and more.