Once again Gumari has released the 2022 best architecture firms in Italy ranking in terms of turnover.
Starting from the top architecture firms in Italy it is a known fact that “made in Italy” has achieved international recognition through a number of archistars, generally with a less entrepreneurial attitude than their foreign competitors, thus leading smaller firms, but also particularly strong in design.
The size of the Italian leader in architecture, Lombardini22, is 48 times smaller than Gensler, the largest architecture firm in the World. With a turnover of 25 Million euros, Lombardini22 is the largest architecture firm in Italy for the fourth year in a row with an ever-increasing turnover.
In second place Marco Casamonti & Partners with a turnover of 22M euros while the architecture firm founded with Laura Andreini and Giovanni Polazzi in 1988, Archea Associati, ranks at 11th place with less than 9M euros. ATI Project ranks third with 18M euros.
These results pushes ACPV Architects (founded by two prominent archistars, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel) from the third to the fifth position, while Progetto CMR, founded and powered by Massimo Roj remains sixth; from fifth to seventh slips, MC A (Mario Cucinella Architects); eighth ranks Starching, the first firm on top which combines architecture and engineering (like others that follow: General Planning, Gpa, Crew, which belongs to Italferr, Tekne, which also operates through an ESCo (energy service company), Hydea, …and has a further market opportunity through Maestrale (formerly a consortium), jointly founded with the engineering firms Ariatta and Redesco; ninth (from eighth) appears RPBW (Renzo Piano Building Workshop) which has a much bigger office in Paris (but no longer in New York) and is headed by the world most famous Italian architect; tenth (it was seventh) ranks One Works, founded by Leonardo Cavalli and Giulio De Carli, which has made a reputation in complex facilities (especially airports and other transport terminals).
Also noteworthy, amongst the biggest architecture practices in Italy, there are the business performances of firms of two types: they either bear the names of famous Italian architects (and designers) generally being transformations of original “ateliers” with which they established their reputation or have chosen anonymous (but, when possible, appealing) labels and brands. Among the first category, in decreasing order of 2021 turnover: the firms created by Paolo Asti, Amedeo Schiattarella, Piero Lissoni and Patricia Urquiola (these two best known as designers), Stefano Boeri, Matteo Thun, Massimiliano Fuksas, Carlo Ratti, David Chipperfield (the only foreign archistar who has kept an office in Italy), Michele De Lucchi, Tiziano Binini, Alfonso Femia, Nicola Cantarelli, Flavio Albanese, Massimo Pica Ciamarra, Gianmaria Beretta, Marco Piva… With smaller practices operate talented architects like, in decreasing size, Fabrizio Rossi Prodi, Alessandro Scandurra, Paolo Desideri, André Straja, Cino Zucchi, Paolo Garretti, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Giuseppe Tortato, Fabio Novembre (also a famous designer), Rodolfo Dordoni, Guido Canali, Agostino Ghirardelli (and Giuseppe Blengini), Alberto Cecchetto, Simone Micheli, Gianluca Peluffo and Dante Benin.
The largest architecture firms in Italy by turnover in 2022 are:
|2||Marco Casamonti & Partners||22.419|
|4||Luca Dini Associati||17.232|
|7||MCA-Mario Cucinella Architects||13.135|
|9||Renzo Piano Building Workshop||12.679|
|13||Design Group Italia ID||7.701|
|19||Pininfarina (architecture division)||6.894|
|20||Domus Ing & Arch||6.628|
|21||Crew – Cremonesi Workshop||6.360|
|22||DVA- DVision Architecture||6.251|
|23||Spi – Società Progettazioni Integrali||6.125|
|24||Il Prisma Architettura||6.066|
|26||Studio Schiattarella e Associati||5.522|
|27||Lissoni Casal Ribeiro||5.239|
|32||GLA – Genius Loci Architettura||4.746|
|33||Zuccon In- ternational Project||4.651|
|35||Made to Measure||4.542|
|36||Stefano Boeri Architetti||4.513|
|38||Matteo Thun & Partners||4.188|
|43||Carlo Ratti Associati||4.001|
|44||David Chipperfield Architects||3.835|
|45||Francesco Paszkowski Design||3.801|
|46||Hangar Design Group||3.690|
|47||Michele De Lucchi||3.598|
|49||Fortebis Integrated Building Service||3.505|
Source: Gumari, January 2023
As a result 49.1 percent of the 2021 turnover of the 200 major architecture firms is concentrated in Milan, also the capital of design (and occasionally in Brescia, the region's second largest city), 17.9 percent in Tuscany (Florence and Pisa), 9.2 percent in Latium (which is to say in Rome), 7.1 percent in Emilia-Romagna (Bologna and Modena), 5.3 percent in Piedmont (Turin), … all the other nine regions trail behind (surprisingly even the industrious Veneto) with the remarkable absence of six regions (mostly in Southern Italy where the two islands Sicily and Sardinia stand out).
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