2011 Was a Good Year for Architecture, but Not Architects

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 12:00 am  

One revenue source for architects and engineers that has increased is sustainable, or green, design and construction.

"We are learning to save buildings instead of tear them down," Penix said. And because Cromwell also as 21 engineers on staff, adaptive reuse of buildings has become a specialty of his firm.

Johnson said that Garver had continued to prosper during the economic downturn. "Our business is ever so slightly up in Arkansas this year compared with last." And, he said, "Our forecasts for this next year are showing it significantly better than last year and I'm optimistic that will hold up."

The List
The list of largest architectural firms in Arkansas saw little change in 2011 compared with 2010. Firms jostled each other on the rankings, rising a bit here, falling a bit there. Cromwell, which lost four registered architects last year compared with 2010, moved from No. 1 to No. 2. Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock gained an architect and rose to the top spot on the list.

Garver remained by far the biggest engineering firm with 85 registered engineers compared with second-ranked TME Inc. of Little Rock, which has 25. Garver did, however, report 11 fewer registered engineers in 2011 compared with 2010.

 

 

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