NYC’s top architects by borough

To figure out which firms have been dominating the architecture world over the past decade, The Real Deal ranked the top performing architects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx by square footage of projects between 2008 and 2018. Skidmore Owings & Merrill snagged the top spot in Manhattan with 32.2 million square feet of projects in the borough. In Brooklyn, Perkins Eastman led the pack with 11.9 million square feet. SLCE Architects — the firm that ranked No. 1 in TRD’s analysis of busiest shops by TCOs granted in 2018 — reigned supreme in Queens with 9.9 million square feet of projects. Last but not least, Dattner Architects took the top spot in the Bronx with 5 million square feet across 28 projects.

Kenneth Lewis Skidmore Owings Merrill
Kenneth Lewis Skidmore Owings Merrill
Shawn Basler  Perkins Eastman
Shawn Basler
Perkins Eastman
James Phillips  TPG Architecture
James Phillips
TPG Architecture


RANKFIRMTotal Sq. Ft.No. of Projects
1Skidmore Owings & Merrill32.2M19
2SLCE Architects27.2M87
3TPG Architecture19.7M29
4Building Studio Architects18.3M7
5HLW International14.5M14
6Stonehill & Taylor Architects11.1M29
7Mancini Duffy Architecture11M14
8Hill West Architects10.9M39
9Suk Design Group10.7M2
10Platt Byard Dovell White10.6M15


RANKFIRMTotal Sq. Ft.No. of Projects
1SLCE Architects9.9M27
2 (tie)Gerald J. Caliendo Architect4.7M104
2 (tie)Hill West Architects4.7M10
4Curtis + Ginsberg Architects3.9M7
5Margulies Hoelzli Architecture3.6M8
6Tan Architect2.9M139
7 (tie)Bauer Dermel Architect2.6M6
7 (tie)Perkins Eastman2.6M6
9The Switzer Group2.3M1


RANKFIRMTotal Sq. Ft.No. of Projects
1Perkins Eastman11.9M24
2IMC Architecture9.4M14
3SLCE Architects8.2M32
4Dattner Architects5.7M29
5GEE2000 Architects5.1M15
7 (tie)Fischer + Makooi Architects4.5M75
7 (tie)Marvel Architects4.5M21
9 (tie)Aufgang Architects3.9M24
9 (tie)Hill West Architects3.9M13


RANKFIRMTotal Sq. Ft.No. of Projects
1Dattner Architects5M28
2Curtis + Ginsberg Architects4.7M17
3Aufgang Architects2.9M25
4Stonehill & Taylor Architects2.3M1
5SLCE Architects2.1M21
7 (tie)Gerald J. Caliendo Architect1.1M35
7 (tie)Hill West Architects1.1M2
9Perkins Eastman900,882.004
10Woods Bagot572,547.003
Source: First published in March 2019 on TRD analysis of all NYC projects pre-filed with the Dept. of Buildings between Jan. 1, 2008 and Jan. 31, 2018 that received their first TCOs in 2018. We considered all new building filings of 5,000 sq. ft. and up, as well as A1 (major alterations) filings for projects that doubled a building’s size to at least 100,000 sq. ft. Infrastructure projects were not included in the ranking. Project totals were shared with firms for confirmation and additional data. Not all firms participated.