VLK Architects Recognized for Performance, Growth, Culture, and Design in 2019

Fort Worth, Texas – Earning numerous awards in 2019, VLK Architects was once again recognized among the top architecture firms in the State of Texas and the nation by the A/E/C industry and the business community. With five offices across Texas, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Austin, and El Paso, VLK received honors for performance, growth, and firm culture by several organizations including Inc. Magazine, Architectural Record, and PSMJ Resources.

In 2019, VLK added more accolades for excellence in architectural design to their portfolio of awards, including an American Institute of Architecture Merit Award. Over the years, VLK’s projects have earned a total of 32 design awards from AIA and 78 design awards from TASA/TASB which includes being named a Caudill Class Finalist in 2018. VLK was the recipient of TASA/TASB’s 2017 Caudill award which is the top honor for K12 educational architecture in Texas.

“As VLK Architects celebrates our 35th anniversary, it is an honor to be recognized by the A/E/C industry and the greater business community,” says VLK Partner, Sloan Harris. “Our growth can be directly attributed to fostering a culture of passionate professionals who possess an unwavering commitment to providing superior service and innovative design solutions based on the customized needs of each client. By staying true to these values while pioneering the advancement of innovative architectural design, we are looking forward to a bright future for not only the firm but also for our clients.”

Below is a comprehensive list of 2019 top awards received by VLK Architects: 

PSMJ Resources

*2019 Circle of Excellence- top 20% of participating AE firms in PSMJ’s annual Financial Performance Benchmark Survey.

VLK Architects was recognized as a member of the 2019 Circle of Excellence by PSMJ Resources, an international authority on the effective management of architecture, engineering, and construction firms. VLK is one of 72 exceptional architecture and engineering firms that made it onto the exclusive list this year. PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence highlights successfully managed firms that demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such as profitability, overhead management, cash flow, productivity, business development, staff growth, and turnover. The Circle of Excellence represents the top 20 percent of participants in PSMJ’s annual A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey, based on 13 key performance metrics.

Building Design + Construction Magazine

*2019 Top 140 K-12 Architecture Firms, VLK received #5 [Ranked #8 in 2018]

*2019 Top 150 Architecture Firms, Top 50- VLK received #37 [Ranked #49 in 2018]

Building Design + Construction’s annual “Giants 300” report ranks AEC firms by discipline and across more than 20 building sectors and specialty services. For the 2019 report, VLK ranked 37 overall among the largest 150 participating U.S. architecture firms. VLK also ranked fifth (5) among 140 U.S. architecture firms for K-12 work in 2018. Data for the Giants 300 report is based on information supplied by participating architecture, engineering, and construction firms.

ENR, Inc.

* Texas-Louisiana-Oklahoma-Arkansas-Mississippi region: 2019 Top 10 Design Firm, VLK received #8 (Architecture) [Ranked #10 in 2018]; 2019 Top 50 Design Firm, VLK received #41 (Overall) [Ranked #50 in 2018]

* National2019 Top 500 Design Firms, VLK received #324 [Ranked #414 in 2018]

ENR & Louisiana recognized VLK as a top 50 design firm overall (41), and a top 10 architecture firm (8). The firm also placed among ENR’s national 2019 Top 500 Design Firms (324 from 414 in 2018).

Architectural Record

*2019 Top 300 Architecture Firms, VLK received #74 [Ranked #106 in 2018]

VLK was recognized by Architectural Record as a 2019 Top 300 Architecture Firm (74 from 106 in 2018).

Inc. Magazine

*National2019 Inc. 5000, recognizing the fastest-growing companies in America, VLK received #2,865, {#3,369 in 2018}.

Recognized for its growth in recent years, VLK was, for the second consecutive year, named among the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine, ranking #2,865 in 2019, up from #3,369 in 2018.

Dallas Business Journal

* North Texas Region2019 Middle Market 50, recognizing fast-growing companies in North Texas, VLK received #43, [Ranked #41 in 2018].

For the second year in a row, VLK was recognized as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s Middle Market 50, an award recognizing fast-growing companies in North Texas. The Middle Market 50 includes private and public companies with annual revenue between $25 million and $750 million. The list is ranked by a weighted growth index from 2015 to 2017.

Zweig Group

* National2019 Hot Firm Award, VLK received #7, [Ranked #13 in 2018]; 2019 Best Firms to Work For, VLK received #9, [Ranked #6 in 2018] 

VLK was recognized in 2019 with the Zweig Group’s Hot Firm and Best Firms to Work For awards. Firms evaluated for the Hot Firm award were based on revenue growth over the last three years in both percentage and dollar growth. For the Best Firms to Work For award, firms were assessed comprehensively on culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development, and more – both from the management and staff’s perspectives. Zweig Group previously honored VLK with the Hot Firm and Best Firms to Work For awards in 2018.

Fort Worth Inc.

* 2019 Best Companies to Work For

VLK was presented with Fort Worth Inc. Magazine’s 2019 Best Companies to Work For award, ranking 16 in the Small/Medium Firm category.