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Top Retail Design Firms of 2021

VMSD unveils 2021’s top retail design firms based on 2020’s design firm fees.




FOR 27 YEARS IN a row, VMSD’s Retail Design Firm Resource Guide has showcased the cream of the crop in terms of retail design firms and independent designers from around the world.

This annual counterpart to the online guide features top design firms ranked by submitted design firm fees from completed projects in 2020. Though the past year was a tumultuous one for the industry to say the least, design firm fees prove that many retailers weathered the storm through troubled times.

Be sure to check out the full design firm listing on VMSD’s newly redesigned website at

NOTE: Information in this ranking, including fees, was provided by individual design firms and has not been independently verified by VMSD magazine. For information about the 2022 guide, please contact VMSD Managing Editor Carly Hagedon at

1 Gensler $120,500,000
2 NELSON Worldwide $40,798,803.90
3 Big Red Rooster — a JLL company $40,000,000
4 WD Partners $38,400,000
5 Little Diversified Architectural Consulting Inc. $36,614,907
6 CESO Inc. $24,400,000
7 NORR $22,500,000
8 MBH Architects $22,471,000
9 Sargenti Architects $19,587,435
10 Stantec Architecture $14,089,785
11 Larson Design Group $12,927,862
12 ChangeUp $12,800,000
13 Shremshock Architects $10,600,000
14 Onyx Creative Inc. $6,588,661
15 Restore Design Pvt. Ltd. $6,000,000
16 ACS Architectural Construction Services Inc. $5,836,400
17 Rebel Design+Group $5,694,323
18 BHDP Architecture $5,100,000
19 Deckel & Moneypenny $5,000,000
20 Ædifica $4,837,295.57
21 Kraido $3,000,000
22 LGA Partners, LP $2,600,000
23 Echeverria Design Group Inc. $2,400,000
24 Gilmore Group $2,000,000
25 Ideation Studio Inc. $1,650,000
26 FRDC (Future Research Design Company) $1,340,000
27 Four Dimensions Retail Design India Pvt. Ltd. $1,321,917
28 Finn Daniels Architects $1,123,959
29 Hixson Architecture, Engineering, Interiors $1,000,000
30 Jencen Architecture $897,861
31 Reztark Design Studio $780,500
32 Retail Rehab $350,000
33 GRID/3 International Inc. $250,000
34 Britsma Design Group Ltd. $225,000
35 AT Design LLC $100,000



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