Centerbrook Ranked 13th Nationally

CENTERBROOK, Conn. – Architect magazine has ranked Centerbrook thirteenth in its annual survey of national firms, “The Architect 50.” Based on data from 2011, the ranking of the top 50 architectural practices is determined by scores accumulated in the areas of business, sustainability, design excellence, and pro bono work by the firm and its staff.

The magazine explained that its survey celebrates architectural practices of all kinds: “practices that are as adept with building technology as they are in business, that can win awards and also give back to their communities.” Architect is the publication of the American Institute of Architects.

The top 50 firms were announced in the September issue of the magazine and its website. Criteria included designing energy-efficient or “green” buildings – such as the Center for Community at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Health Care REIT Headquarters in Ohio, two Centerbrook buildings certified LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. The firm’s own office generates more than a third of its power onsite with renewable hydro, solar and geothermal systems. Other factors in the ranking were the involvement of staff members in the community, with organizations like Architecture for Humanity or by serving on municipal commissions and boards.

Two thirds of the 50 firms reported gross revenues in 2011 had increased compared with 2010; 28 percent said they had declined, and 6 percent reported no change.