Quinn Evans Ranked Top Design Firm in the Nation for Museums

Jeanine Quaglia
Jeanine Quaglia
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Quinn Evans Ranked Top Design Firm in the Nation for Museums
A rendering of the National Air and Space Museum with a new entry vestibule.

Quinn Evans, a multi-office firm specializing in design, historic preservation, and sustainability, is ranked the top architecture firm in the nation for museums and galleries according to the latest “2020 Giants 400 Report” compiled by Building Design + Construction magazine. The firm, which posted more than $50 million in 2019 revenue, was among the top-ranked firms in the Cultural Facilities sector overall, and appeared among the leaders in several other categories as well, including Government, Office, Sports, University/College Facilities, K12 Schools, Multifamily Housing, Hospitality, and Transit Facilities.

In addition to appearing at #1 for the design of museums and galleries, the firm, which has completed numerous projects for the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing Arts, and other museum and arts-related clients, is ranked #5 in the Cultural Facilities sector overall, according to BD+C. Within that category, Quinn Evans also ranked #6 in Public Libraries and #24 in Performing Arts and Concert Venues.

Quinn Evans ranks #13 in the Government sector, #36 in the Office sector, #37 in the Sports sector, #49 in the University/College Facilities sector, #69 in the K-12 Schools sector, #73 in the Multifamily Housing sector, #88 in Hospitality, and #26 in Transit Facilities.

Quinn Evans has grown significantly in recent years, expanding staff and adding new office locations. Offices are located in Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor and Detroit, Mich.; Madison, Wis.; Baltimore, Md.; and Richmond, Va. The firm currently employs more than 200 professionals in the planning, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation professions.

Quinn Evans is also well known for its leadership and innovations in sustainability, and is a charter signatory of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment. The firm has been recognized for its employee-friendly workplace culture and commitment to diversify its staff and management team. Under the leadership of President and CEO Larry Barr, FAIA, and Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer Alyson Steele, FAIA, LEED AP, the firm has increased its minority representation from 6.5 percent in 2014 to 22 percent today, with company ownership by women also significantly increasing to nearly 50 percent. Quinn Evans also has five architects on staff who have been elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows.

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