Extensive research and rigorous assessments of the scale, location, structure and orientation of sites are crucial aspects of success within the design business according to a principal at the top US design firm.

Unveiling the top firms in the Best in Design category for its 2014 Architect 50, the Institute’s ARCHITECT magazine named Boston-based NADAA as the top design firm, edging out the American branch of German-based Behnisch Architekten. Payette, Westlake Reed Leskosky and Skidmore Owings and Merrill rounded out the top five….