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These are 10 architectural firms that you need to know

Vanke Triple V by Ministry of Design - Architectural Firm

Architecture is a multidisciplinary field that is constantly evolving. Despite different trends and schools of thought, good architecture is timeless.

Below are 10 architectural firms that every design and architecture lover needs to know.

This ranking has been developed in collaboration with Riccardo Capuzzo, CEO & Founder of Design42Day.

1. Ministry of Design

The Singapore-based firm is truly challenging the familiar in the design world.

The firm’s slogan is “Question, Disturb, Redefine”, which is something that they do in each and every project that they work on.

Founded by award-winning architect Colin Seah, Ministry of Design is an architectural firm that continuously redefines the norms.

 

Vanke Triple V by Ministry of Design

Vanke Triple V by Ministry of Design

 

2. Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor is a Swiss architect whose studio is the best example of a small design business making it big.

Despite its small size, Peter Zumthor’s studio has won the 2009 Pritzker Prize and the 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

The Basel-born architect is known for designing minimalist spaces with exceptional sensory qualities.

 

renderings - Peter Zumthor - Expansion LACMA

Peter Zumthor – LACMA Expansion (Rendering)

 

3. SANAA

Sejima , Nishizawa and Associates is a Japanese award-winning architectural firm based in Tokyo, Japan.

The 1995-founded firm has a portfolio of impressive projects which includes the New Museum of Contemporary Arts in New York City, the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne and London’s Serpentine Pavilion.

SANAA was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010.

 

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA

 

4. Herzog & de Meuron

This Swiss architecture studio was founded by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who have both attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

The Basel-based firm is most famous for their remarkable conversion of London’s Bankside Power Station into the new home of the world-renowned Tate Modern.

 

Tate Mondern by Herzog & de Meuron - London

Tate Mondern by Herzog & de Meuron – London

 

5. Emilio Ambasz

An advocate of “green architecture”, this Argentina-born architect is known for his projects that combine buildings with gardens in a signature way that he loves to describe as “green over grey”.

His most remarkable projects include the Acros building in Japan and the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, USA.

 

ACROS Fukuoka by Emilio Ambasz

ACROS Building by Emilio Ambasz

 

6. Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza is a Portuguese architect with a deceptively simple style.

Despite his relatively small team, Siza’s practice has won the won the RIBA Gold Medal, the AIA Gold Medal and the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement, among other prizes.

 

The Building on the Water by Alvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira - Image © Fernando Guerra

The Building on the Water by Alvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira – Image © Fernando Guerra

 

7. Hiroshi Sambuichi Architect

Japanese architect, Hiroshi Sambuichi has a unique design philosophy of “building around nature”.

Sambuichi believes that Architecture begins with “Water, Air and Sun”.

Notable works of this extraordinary architect include the Rokko-Shidare Observatory and the Naoshima Hall.

 

Naoshima Hall by Hiroshi Sambuichi - Architectural Firm

Naoshima Hall by Hiroshi Sambuichi

 

8. Snøhetta

This world-renowned Norwegian architecture firm has won an impressive number of awards over the past years, including an Aga Khan Award for their Bibliotheca Alexandrina project in Alexandria, Egypt.

This firm has multiple offices in Europe 180 staff members from 30 different nations.

 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina by Snohetta - Egypt

Bibliotheca Alexandrina by Snohetta – Egypt

 

9. DP Architects

Originally founded in 1967 in Singapore, DP Architects has grown into a 1,200 people firm with offices in 15 countries all over the world.

With so many green and sustainable design projects under its belt, DP Architects in particularly known for its expertise in this area.

 

Singapore Sports Hub by DP architects

Singapore Sports Hub by DP architects

 

10. Janus Rostock / Atkins

When it comes to influential figures in the MENA’s architecture and building industry, Atkins’ Janus Rostock is a powerhouse.

Being MENA’s design director for one of the world’s largest architecture and construction companies and having managed projects for some of its most prestigious clients, Janus Rostock is one of the key players in this giant firm and a very influential figure in the industry.

 

Dubai Opera House by Atkins - Architectural Firm

Dubai Opera House by Atkins

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