The Work of Plan constructed by the Royal Institute for British Architects has become an unwritten industry standard.

Not just British Architects rely on the 8 phase design and construction plan.

Whether you are new to the concept or looking to refresh your RIBA knowledge here is the Ultimate Guide for you!

What is RIBA?

Logo for the Royal Institute for British Architects
 [RIBA Logo]  – [Data Broker]

The RIBA is the Royal Institute for British Architects who developed the first plan of work back in 1963.

The aim of the plan was to provide an outline model for the building design and construction process in the UK.

For half a decade the plan has consistently been adapted to changes in the industry until it got completely revised in 2013.

The new plan of work is set to be the updated standard of procedure.

8 detailed phases lay out the path from initiation of a project all the way to the completion of a building and ribbon cutting.

The revised plan further includes a phase dealing with the occupied building and maintenance. 

Simplified Plan of Work 2013
  [RIBA Plan of Work Simplified]  – [Architecture for London]

The phases are

The phases are categorized in 5 areas of the project:

No architect is forced to follow the rules set out by RIBA, although it has become a universal standard. 

This guide will explain the most recent Plan of Work and provide a detailed explanation of each step. 

What changed?

RIBA's Plan of Work 2013
 [RIBA Plan of Work 2013]  – [RIBA Plan of Work]

One of the significant changes in the 2013 model is that it aligns to more than just the traditional procurement route. 

While the majority of architects still use the traditional contractual agreements other sorts, like the Design and Build forms of procedure have also grown in popularity. 

The new WoP is flexible to fit the new trends in the industry.
On the website of the RIBA it is possible to create a custom work of plan to fit the desired procurement route.

The 2007 RIBA’S Plan of Work consisted of 11 steps lettered from A to L. 
The 2013 RIBA’S Plan of Work is divided into 8 stages numbered 0-7, to avoid confusion to the previous phases. 

Adapting to the changes in the industry, the new phases are also BIM ready, mapping out the processes.
If you are unfamiliar with BIM, there are helpful videos explaining the process.

The Plan of Work introduces a new flexibility when it comes to (Town)-planning.

The 2013 recognized the need to make a plan adaptable to different sizes and scopes of projects to ensure the best experience for both ends of the contract. 

Through adjustable templates their website, the plan can be completely fitted to the scale of the project.

Section of RIBA's Plan of Work 2013
  [RIBA Plan of Work 2013]  – [RIBA Plan of Work]

The tasks marked *Variable can be adjusted to the 3 P’s Procurement, Programme and Planning.

The 8 Phases

To demonstrate the process of construction through a real life example, we will show the project Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architects in Edinburgh.

The project started in 2006 and has won multiple design awards since opening in 2012.

Some examples for the design process are not publically available and will be shown through other project.

0 – Strategic Definition

Phase 0 RIBA's Plan of Work

One of the new additions to the 2013 Plan of Work is the first step of the cycle. 

During the strategic definition it is the suppliers goal to properly consider the clients Business Case and Strategic Brief, before creating the Initial Project Brief in Phase 1.

A Business Case is the client’s rationale behind the initiation of a new building project. 

This can be anything from a simple spoken request, to a detailed written proposal, explaining what exactly they want from this project.

The architect is to thoroughly go through the wishes and intentions of the client before they can work on the Project Brief

Together they are able to properly define the scope of the project and go into the preparation process more prepared. 

The business case often includes first cost evaluations and discussing the sites available for the project. This phase is particularly important in terms of sustainability, for example if it would benefit for a building to undergo refurbishment rather than be built new.

An example of a new refurbishment boom are first-tier cities in China.
There, no more land is being released for development, driving the industry towards refurbishment of old building instead. 
Factors influencing this can be aspects like budget, local planning policies and building context. 

Initial considerations of all team members for the projects are being considered, to create the best work force possible. 

The Project Program is also being established.

This outlines the projected length of the project and how briefing, design and construction phases are going to be distributed in this time frame. 

The only people involved at this stage are the client and the architect.
No information exchange with the government is necessary yet.

Summary Phase 0:

1 – Preparation and Brief

The main goal of the second stage, or Phase 1 (not to get confused) is to produce the Project Initiation Document (PID)

The PID includes the Initial Project Brief and a Feasibility Report, as well as the Client Brief and Business Case from the previous phase. 

The PID is what is being used to gain funding for feasibility studies. 

This stage is important to ensure that the Concept design in Phase 2 can be as productive as possible.

1.1 Objectives

The Initial Project Brief lays out the main Project Objectives, such as:

The quality objectives are the objectives that set out the quality aspects of the project.
Size and location of the project are defined 

The demanded project outcomes have been discussed in the first stage.

How long it takes to produce the PID fully depends on the scope of the project and special requests that need to be considered. 

Depending on the project it can be relevant to contact local authorities pre-appointment.This will make future engagement easier and help guide the design from early on. 
Local architect should be contacted to get familiar with local policies. 

Who’s in charge of creating the project team depends on the contract between architect and client.

1.2 Contract

The relationship is established as a Contractual Tree:

It is required to create an initial Risk Assessment

Once the Initial Project Brief and Feasibility Report have been completed the Project Initiation Document is finished and the project can move into the design phases. (2 – 4)

Client meeting with architects
  [First Meeting]  – [ByRawPixel]

Summary Phase 1:

2 – Concept Design

The project is now in the first of 3 design phases.

The goal of this phase is to produce a Final Concept Design.

2.1 First drafts

This is the first time the client gets to see a visual representation made from the Project Brief.

The visual can be anything from drawings to models designed to show the aesthetics of the project including:

General procedure is that the client receives 3 different concept proposals for the construction.
They can be similar or completely different.

Design sketch
[Sketch]  – [DPSDesign]

The client then gets to choose which proposal fits their needs the best by combining elements from all designs. 

2.2 Final Concept Design

When the final design has been agreed on the architects begin with the design.
This includes for example: 

The drawings should be 1 to 50/500 (Adjustable to project needs)

Ariel View of Masterplan for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Ariel View of Masterplan]  – [Edinburgh Government]

For example: 

Part of the drawings are: 

For example: 

Large scale drawings are helpful in seeing how a building is going to function in its location.

It is essential to revisit the brief during this stage and it should be updated and issued as the Final Project Brief as part of the Information Exchange at the end of Stage 2.

2.3 Hand In

The final design has to be prepared for hand in to the client. 
This includes:

The drawings move up to a scale of 1 to 100/200

Masterplan for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
[Masterplan]  – [Oberlanders]

Concept Design Checklist


Tells you how your designs to the surroundings.
Provides other information such as square meters, walls, size of plot, relation of what is indoor and outdoor. 

For Example:

Masterplan for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Masterplan]  – [Oberlanders]
Blueprint framework for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Framework Strategy]  – [Oberlanders]


Prodive the vertical visual aesthetic of your design
-It’s the exterior shell, the view from the outside

For example:

Elevation for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Elevation of New Fountainbridge 1]  – [Approved Development Brief]
Elevations for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Elevation of New Fountainbridge 2]  – [Approved Development Brief]


Future drawing (the design in context of what it would look like once it’s build)
-3D mock up

1 render of the building in colour:

CAD outside for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [CAD Outside]  – [Oberlanders]
Render Outside for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Render Outside Detailed]  – [7Narchitects]

1 render of the interior:

Render Inside for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
[Render Inside Detailed]  – [7Narchitects]

1 render of how it relates to the landscape and surroundings:

Design Street View for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Design Street View]  – [Edinburgh Architecture]
Render of Surrounding for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Render of Surroundings]  – [Edinburgh Reporter]

Situation plan:

What’s around it (access to it)
1 to 1500 to 1 to 5,000 (Adjustable to project needs)

-View from above showing the land around it

Location for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Location of Fountainbridge]  – [Oberlanders]

The following types of design were not available from Oberlanders Architects and are shown by other project examples:


Provide you with the vertical elements of the building

For example:

Sections for Yale Art and Architecture Building by Paul Rudolph
 [Sections]  – [ArchDaily]


Technical 3D View of the design for the entire building Visualization of a plan 

For Example:

Axonometric View for Casa Sophie by A-53
[Axonometric View Casa Sophie]  – [A-53]

Physical models

Can be any size, helps demonstrate the final product in a more tangible way

Wood model for FCB Cornwall by FCB Studios
[Wood Model FCB Cornwall]  – [FCBStudios]

In the past years using Virtual Reality has been introduced as a way to show clients the designs in 3D. 
This might set of properly once the technology further advances.

2.4 Permits and permissions:

Local planning authorities need to be consulted to obtain permits and permissions needed.

Things to consider are:

Feedback from the consultations may result in changes to the design. 

The length of Phase 2 is depending on the scale and complexity of the project

2.5 Cost Plan

With the finished design the elemental cost plan for the project can be produced. This lays out all assumptions, abnormal costs and whole-life costs.

Summary Phase 2:

3 – Developed Design

The main goals of this phase are to produce a Final Design to be send to authorities and approved.

The architectural, building services and structural engineering designs will be finished by the end of phase 3. 

With the Final design approved the Cost plan can be determined and aligned to the Project Budget.

It usually involved the planning application, but due to the flexibility of the 2013 PoW, it can vary across the phases. 

In phase 3 the design is further developed. 
Visualisations are moved to a 1 to 20/50 scale depending on the project scale.
The designs produced now are dimensionally correct and co-ordinated as CAD-drawings.

Models should show:

Building System Services:

Structure of the Building – Type Selection

Changes during this phase are usually documented. 

The chosen materials and dimensions can give an accurate estimate of the cost plan.

Changes in this phase are often made to adjust to the project budget.
The cost estimation is where things tend to go wrong.

Avoid these common errors for the closest estimate possible:

Phase 3 is usually when the planning application is being submitted to the responsible authorities. 

The detailed drawings and reports are to be included in the application.

A planning application can include:

Further factors depend on location and scale of the project.

Summary Phase 3:

4 – Technical Design

The goal of Phase 4 is to prepare the detailed technical designs for the building. 

In the end of the stage the designs should include all architectural, structural and building services information.
This includes any design for specialist subcontractors and specifications.

All designs are to align with the Design programme and Design Responsibility Matrix.

4.1 Detailed Drawing

The Lead and Construction architect come together to produce detailed drawings of the designs. 

The scale of detail now goes from 1 to 1 up to 1 to 20.

Technical Design by Red Squirrel Architecture
 [Example Technical Design]  – [Red Squirrel Architecture]

How detailed each designer has to get depends on whether the construction will be built according to the design team or based on information given by a specialist subcontractor.

The drawings now include things like electrical outputs, insulation and other specifics. 

Depending on the project, all needed engineers are subcontracted and work alongside the Lead and Construction architects.

At this stage the overall design of the building does not change anymore. 

The Design team is expected to work on their part individually, according to the designs set out in the previous stages. 

It is possible that the design team has to respond to queries that arise during the construction phase.

Once the detailed designs are finished the Architects hand it over to the Project Manager.

It is important to regularly check in with the authorities during this phase.

4.2 Tender

If the supplier has already been chosen it is their responsibility to create their own supply chain.

For this they have to prepare tender documentation and their own version of the employer’s information requirements

If the supplier hasn’t been chosen the tender documentation and pre-tender estimate now have to be produced in order to tender the construction contract. 

4.3 Contractors

All contractors are reviews, new ones are chosen, approved and contracted out.
Who is responsible for appointing all subcontractors depends on the original contract between Architect and Client.

The Lead architect and Project manager approve all selections of contractors and discuss these with the client for his approval. 

Summary Phase 4:

5 – Construction

The goal of phase 5 is the offsite manufacturing and onsite construction of the building.
All construction is according to the designs produced in the previous stages.

The Design Team still has to respond to design queries arising during this stage. 

5.1 Construction and Building

Construction site for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architects
 [Fountainbridge Construction]  – [Valentin Hunzinger]

The Architect’s role during construction depends on the contract. 

Traditionally the client appoints the contractor who is responsible for the work onsite.

The architect firm usually offers a Contract administration service to oversee that the work is according to the programme through regular visits. 

The contract administrator deals with:

Completed Building Springside Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architects
 [Springside Fountainbridge]  – [Oberlanders]

5.2 Health and Safety

Local inspectors review and observe the site to make sure all health and safety laws are being followed

Summary Phase 5:

6 – Handover and Closeout

The goal of phase 6 is the handover of the completed building and the conclusion of the building contract.

The client is now able to occupy the building.

For 6 to 12 months, also called Defect Liability Period, the contractor is still responsible for any defects on the property. 

6.1 Report

At the end of construction, a report is produced covering the contractors, errors, accidents, incidents of waste/loss. 

The contract administrator is issuing his final report on the construction. 

In some cases the client may keep a retention sum for the contractor unit the Defect Liability Period is over. This ensures that the contractor does his job. 

6.2 Inauguration and official opening

The completed site is visited by the client and other relevant parties. 

All members of the Project Team are invited and the building is officially ‘In-Use’.

Often includes an official Red Ribbon Cutting ceremony and champagne.

Ribbon Cutting event for the opening of Treasure Island by Saint Paul Port Authority
 [Grand Opening of Treasure Island]  – [Saint Paul Port Authority]

Summary Phase 6:

7 – In Use

This is the second new addition to the RIBA’s Plan of Work 2013, and aims to provide an aftercare service to the client and the building. 

The service provided to the client can include for example:

Sometimes it’s necessary to pass on expert knowledge in order for the building to be used properly.

This especially applies when it comes to sustainability. 

The ‘end of life’ of a building can be part of Phase 7 or considered part of the Phase 0 of a new construction cycle.

In this case it’s considered whether the development can be reused by refurbishing it or has to be demolished.

This stage is what united the phases of the plan into a cycle of development.

Phase 7 Summary:

RIBA Plan of Work Concluded

The Plan of Work is recognised internationally as standard procedure.

While no one is expected to use it, by doing so you can play it safe.

“Unless they are inappropriate, use the RIBA forms of Appointment” – A Guide to Keeping out of Trouble.

The guide allows to simplify the project to both architects and clients, and increases the communication between both parties.

Need help getting started?

We worked through the red tape and bureaucracy so you don’t have to.

In most cases you must complete some official forms for the Building and Residency Register (BBR forms) together with the building application for the municipality.

Visit your municipality’s website and find the correct forms to be filled in. Here, and at BBR.dk , you can also read more about the review and application for construction work.

Download our full infographic! High-quality!

What do you think about the RIBA Plan of Work 2013? Share your experience and thoughts, send us a message!

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The date an architect seems like the perfect find in the sea of love that we all fish in.

A creative genius who draws something and then actually makes it reality. 

Elegant ribbon cutting events for the newest addition to the city’s skyline. 

Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it.

The reality of dating an architect might involve more coffee than champagne, and looking at the same sketch for 2 months.
Ted Mosby had us dream of the hopeless romantic who builds the next Empire State building.
But looking back at even his depiction, being an architect often looks a lot different. 

We’ve compiled a list of 20 things you need to know before dating an Architect, to prepare you for the ride of your life.

1. Their heart is taken already

relationship status

One thing you need to prepare for when meeting an architect is that they are already taken by someone else.

Their job.

Architecture is the committed relationship they got in to when they first signed up to University.

There will be times where you get stood up for studio sessions or construction site visits. And you will have to deal with that.

Being passionate is one of their greatest qualities, even if it affects other parts of their life. 

Would you rather find someone who’s dull and directionless?

Probably not. 

2. They are (mostly) not rich

empty wallet

It is a common misconception that Architects make a lot of money. There are exceptions of Architects that made the big break.

Surely firms like Fosters and Partners don’t have to worry about paying rent with cashing over 2 million USD a year, excluding their highest paying project. 
Usual Architects mentioned in Forbes lists fall in the older age category.

You are more likely to come across a younger, less successful partner, who will not be cutting red ribbons any time soon. 

In reality, architecture doesn’t involve skyscrapers, but a lot of renovations.

The broke artist curse doesn’t spare the building designers. 

On the good side, this makes architects very good at handling the money they have.

This doesn’t mean they are stingy, just very specific. 

Tasteful limited finds will grace your bedside table. 

Time to say goodbye to your ikea shelf, because sundays are now for antique flea markets. 

3. There always will be pens around

The architect significant other comes with a new, never ending supply of pencils.

No matter if it’s black, blue or red, any colour you need won’t be hard to find. 

Having constant access to pencils can prove very beneficial.
Instead of putting everything on a phone, you can return to having your shopping list on paper.


If your architect and you have already made it to living together, beware of the laundry.

The endless supply of pencils often comes out of a black hole in their back pockets. Their dominantly black wardrobe is pretty much immune to any damage. 

Yours might not be.

Prepare to throw out some white shirts, and keep your socks away. 

At least the monotone wardrobe makes laundry sorting a lot easier. 

4. You get your personal Arts and Crafts store

architecture tools

The utensils supply doesn’t stop with the pencils. Any arts and craft stationery is likely to appear around your partner and their home. 

The issue of not having a glue gun around is now one for the past. 

Dating an architect can come in handy, as they often are, handy. 

Knowing your prospective partner can fix the basics themselves is reassuring.

Broken shoe? Superglue.

Your personal art supply store also pays off when festivities approach.

To make up for their smaller budget, they can craft the best presents. Wedding season seems a lot less intimidating now. 

And you won’t have to worry about buying your own laser cutter any longer.

What a relief.

5. New destinations

Eiffel Tower Paris

Architects can show you the world. 
And they will, no matter what the payment checks look like.

Just not the world by the ocean.

Or in the mountains.

They will show you the world of granite structures and stuck decorations.

If you like a good city holiday you are in luck because with an architect by your side a lot of those are coming for you. 

Prepare for treks on the path of architectural history with your personal tour guide. 

Rome, Paris and Athens make for good destinations and also offer delicious food if your guide allows you a lunch break. 

Did you know the Luxor Obelisk on the Paris Place de la Concorde is also the biggest sundial in the world?

After returning from holidays now, you certainly will. 

In the case you go on an actual guided tour, your architect might jump in to correct them.

Being a little embarrassed is okay.

It’s also inevitable to end up with a photo album full of pictures from your trips. Without you or your family in it.

Just a lot of buildings.

6. There will be a lot of books


If you manage to convince your significant other to join you on a trip to the beach, you will need a book to relax with. 

It will come in handy to have a whole library at home to chose from.

Strictly architecture content of course. 

Having every edition of the encyclopedia is essential.

So are any other architecture related publications from the last 5 centuries. 

Decorating your flat will prove a lot easier, as half of the space is already covered by books. 

7. And anything else architecture related

cartoon of man with globe and book

Besides books, the flat is also covered in anything other architecture related. 

Sketches flying around the rooms like paper planes, sometimes folded into one. 

Instead of buying vases or statues you can arrange your partner’s insane collection of models around the tables. 

Be careful when handling them. 

Breaking their models might break a bit of their heart with it.

8. You’ve now joined Architecture 101

architecture joke

Going on exclusively cultural holidays will eventually pay off. The good thing about dating an architect is that their passion and knowledge will rub off on you. 

Whether you want it or not.

After a couple months of coffee dates, you could easily pass architecture 101, without the endless all nighters.

Architects spend a majority of their early years learning the industry lingo

Selfless as they, this knowledge will be passed to you.

Architectural jargon sounds like a mystery to outsiders but once you are in, you are in.

The longer you spend together, the more of their jokes will be understandable.

Still not all.

The world of architecture humor is almost as big as their heart.

9. They have a lot of patience

detailed sketch

Patience is key.

This counts for almost every relationship.

To make it through the hard times with your partner you will both need to show a lot of patience, working together.

Good thing, that architects are as patient as it gets. 

Spending years of their lives sketching the same floor plan over and over again, just to then do the same in modeling; makes you acquire a certain level of patience that can’t be matched.

Glueing 1000 miniature trees to a model requires fine tuning that will help your relationship as well.

If you are someone who likes to provoke conflict to get what they want, you might be out of luck with this partner.

It’s nearly impossible to be more annoying than their clients.

Learn to talk it out.

10. Any place is educational

road trip
Photo by Alex Jumper on Unsplash

You’ve learned about the educational trip abroad that await you. 

But when money is tight and the most travelling you are getting done is to the grocery store, you won’t be left empty handed.

An adventure down the road might include a history lesson on the embassy building you just passed. 

Or an in depth opinion on why the new bypass near your home is a technical disaster.

Driving through the countryside to visit families for the holidays won’t have much to offer for analysis. 

Fear not, there are more podcasts out there than you could ever possibly listen to.

Your architecture classes don’t end because it’s christmas.

11. They’re coffee snobs

coffee addict

Whether it’s the all nighters studying for the degree show back in college or staying up until the late night drawing for another project deadlines.

A humans best friends might be dogs, but an architects is coffee.

No matter the time of the day, they are always seen with a steaming cup in their hand.

This makes them excellent baristas. It’s like having your own brewery at home.

But the years of drinking coffee also makes them quite picky when it comes to the magical bean.

Prepare to make room for quality arabica coffee and wave goodbye to the instant sachets left in the cupboard. 

Coffee is an easy way to impress your date.

If you are still on route to dating an architect, do some research and suggest a date at a good coffee shop. Knowing 2 facts about coffee can go a long way.

12. They can stay up all night

all nighter

What brought them to their coffee addiction in the first place are the allnighters they had to endure during their studies and continue on in their career. 

As a partner, you might be happy that they can  stay up all night doing more fun things, being used to the lack of sleep. 

But in most cases they are more likely to have already stayed awake the previous nights working, so on a day off their brain clocks out at 7pm 

All night action is reserved for pen and paper.

13. You only have architect friends

Dating an architect comes with the free addition of new architect friends.
Like other profession, your partner often attracts people from the same industry.

Good that you’ve picked up some of the lingo, this will help you blend in to the group.

After an hour of discussion on the sustainability of the new opera house being built even the most dedicated partner can zone out. 

Don’t be surprised if by the time you zone back in the topic still hasn’t changed.

Architects never run out of things to say.

14. They’ve got a wandering eye

Dreaming of long walks in the city with your loved one. Staring into each others eyes in the moonlight. Sounds pretty romantic. 

Until you notice they aren’t looking at you but at the bridge behind you.

Architects are prone to have a wandering eye. Not in a bad way. 

They won’t get distracted by other people during a date. 

Walking past a new refurbishment is another story.

15. They do a lot of overtime

Overtime cartoon

As you may have guessed from their lack of sleep and coffee addiction, being an architect involves a lot of overtime.

Not paid overtime.

This might be where the misconception about their wealth comes from. Someone who spends all weekend in a studio surely are paid back for that sacrifice. 

The issue of overworking interns has become so widespread that in 2016 a new federal law was passed in the USA demanding that companies pay their employees time and a half for their overtime.

With 90-hour weeks leading up to competitions, an architects schedule can be insane. 

Previously unpaid as well.

Prepare for some lonely nights, and have an open ear to complaints.

16. Architecture is everywhere

Pent house New York City
Spider-man penthouse by Architectural digest

For architects, the job doesn’t end once they leave the office. They have the power to connect everything around them to architecture. 

It’s possible to use this to your advantage.

Want to watch a movie genre they don’t particularly like? Chose one that plays in an architecturally interesting location. Luckily almost every rom-com plays in New York with sufficient scenes of the Empire State building. 

And no spy movie misses out on London.

17. They talk a lot without saying

cartoon man with brain

If you are familiar with How I Met Your Mother you will know the architect looking for love, Ted Mosby. His portrayal is said to be one of the most accurate when it comes to showing the struggle in the industry. 

His character, while lovable, has a habit of talking around the point, and constantly correcting his friends about everything. 

To survive in a studio, architects have to be very good at giving their opinion. 

They have a way of making you question your own.

Don’t be fooled by their talking around the point, they don’t know everything.

If you want to win an argument, prepare to justify every statement.

Opinions that are not backed up have little value to an architect.

Good luck with the fighting. 

18. Gifts are easier than ever

Architects being so passionate about their job makes gift shopping a lot easier.

Although you might have found enough pencils in your flat to last a lifetime, they won’t see it like that. 

Architecture related things are a very broad category.

Books, notebooks, pencils, pens.

More glue for the glue gun.

Another encyclopedia.

As creative individuals, they will appreciate a creative effort from you as well. 

It might be hard to master their humor but once you get it, you will nail every present.

(Coffee machines work wonders)

19. They are never satisfied


After spending a lot of time with an architect, it will become clear that they don’t love anything that already exists. Every construction could’ve been done differently. 

They would have designed the bridge much better themselves. And the colour your neighbours are painting their house doesn’t compliment the original style of the building. 

They will talk about projects they like, but always systematically criticize it at the same time. Often in the same sentence.

If you appreciate honesty, you’re in luck.

They’re not scared to give you helpful critique when you ask for it. 

20. You won’t need to worry about the future

Your new home

If you manage to get yourself to date an architect and dealt with the 19 things mentioned above, you are looking towards a bright future.

How convenient that the one by your side can design that future for you.

When it comes to starting a family and eventually getting your own house, your architect will make sure it’s the best home you can find.

Whether it’s finding the best offer on the market or even building it themselves.

You won’t have to worry about it.

They will do enough of that for both of you. 

Do you recognise the architect in your life, or yourself in this list?

Architecture around the world has undergone a lot of changes in the last decades. With the times it’s not just the lifestyle of the cities that adapted but also its public spaces. From entire new skylines to greener public spaces here we have accumulated a collection of 40 examples of amazing transformations.
Let the before and afters inspire you and inform you about the ever-changing buildings from across the globe.

1. Klyde Warren Park

In 2006 Architect James Burnett unveiled his design to put a lid on the Freeway going through Dallas, Texas. 

The idea was first met with a lot of scepticism as a park including a theater stage, sport facilities and 322 trees weighs a lot.
By using geofoam the problem could be solved and by 2009 the city had enough funding to put the foundation over the streets. 

General Contractors Archer Western and McCarthy Building Cos. finished the 21,000 square meter park in October 2012, after an expense of nearly 80 million USD.

Kyle Warren Park Before and After, Dallas Texas
[Klyde Warren Park] by [Office of James Burnett Website]

2. Rio Madrid Project

The Manzanares river going through Madrid has been surrounded by highways since the 70s and didn’t leave much room for romantic scenes. It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that Major Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon signed off the project that would turn the streets into a green space. 

Spanish architect collective West 8 designed the new area, which would be split up in individual components offering anything from green space to skate parks and restaurants.

In 2003 the highways were moved into 43 kilometre long tunnels to make space for the new park, which habitats over 8500 lamps; 5500 seating areas; 33 bridges connecting the two overhauled riversides. 

Over 4 million euros later in 2010 the project was completed and completely open to the public.

Rio Madrid Project Before and After, Madrid, Spain
[Madrid Rio Before and After] by [Urbanistdispatch]

3. A’Beckett Urban Square

For years the RMIT University in Melbourne Australia used the 2800 squaremeter space as a car park surrounded by its academic buildings.
In 2012 the cities Mayor took a stand against inactive property owners and sparked a wave of urban interventions, including the RMIT A’Beckett Urban Square.

The former car park was turned into ‘pop-up’ park in 2013 and completed a year later for all the students to use, 

Peter Elliot Architecture + Urban Design took over the 1.2 million USD project and designed a space  designated for active and casual engagement, incorporating sport courts, landscaping, BBQ facilities and bike parking. 

The urban space is only a temporary use for the space, until MRIT continues with its own expansions.

A'Beckett Urban Square Before and After, Melbourne Australia
[A’Beckett Urban Square] by [Peter Elliot Pty Ltd Architecture]

4. Place de la Republique

As the largest and one of the most important squares in Paris, the Place de la Republique attracts thousands of visitors every day. Before it became a social hub in the city in 2013, it was more of a traffic hub, surrounded by cars and streets taking up more than two thirds of the area. 

The agency TVK consisting of Pierre Alain Trévelo and Antoine Viger-Kohler redesigned the whole square and ‘gave it back to the Parisienne’.
After a 2 year renovation process the area designated for pedestrians increased from 12,000 sqm2 to 24,000sqm2 and opened the stop for many businesses and activities.  

Place de la République Before and After, Paris, France
[Place de la Republique] by [Clement Guillaume]

5. Mariahilferstraße

One of Austria’s most prominent shopping streets has followed Paris’ example and gave the space back to the people through an amazing transformation. The 1,6km long street used to focus on the cars driving through and left little room for the shoppers walking through. 

Once the different street levels were removed the visitors started to use the entire space and brought live to the city. 

In 2010 the council decided to remove all traffic from certain areas of the street and turned it into a pedestrian only walk.

Mariahilferstrasse Before and After, Vienna, Austria
Top: [Mariahilferstraße] by [Douglas Sprott]
Bottom: [Mariahilferstraße] by [Andreas Lindinger]

6. Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park is barely 10 years old but holds one of the most remarkable transformations around the city in the recent years. Manhattans skyline has been solid for a few decades but the neighbouring district across the river has been lacking some development. 

In 2002 the Mayor and Governor signed a Memorandum of Understanding to agree on creating the Brooklyn Bridge Park and formed the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC). The corporation put together a master plan in 2004 for the piers that go along the river.

Several of the Piers along the waterfront were redesigned by Architecture firm WXY Studios.

In 2010 Pier 1 opened to the public and has since become one of the cities favourite spots.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Before and After, Brooklyn, New York
Top: [Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway] by [Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park]
Bottom: [Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway] by [Etienne Frossard/BBP]

7. Cheonggyechen

The stream passing through Cheonggyecheon was hidden underneath a multiple story freeway before the city decided that instead of renovating the ageing concrete it was time to transform the area.

The government wanted to connect the two sides of the city which were separated through the freeway without creating traffic congestion. 

SeoAhn Total Landscape came up with a design which would both allow the people to make use of the stream again and continue the flow of traffic in the city. 

22 bridges were build across the water, 12 for pedestrians and 10 for automobiles. The public transport system in the centre got a push and the use of cars has also been discouraged by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Cheonggycheon Stream Before and After, Seoul, South Korea
[Cheonggycheon Stream] by [Unkown via Citi.io]

8. Alaskan Way Viaduct

An earthquake hit Seattle in 2001 and destroyed parts of the city, including the multilane freeway Alaskan Freeway, going along the pier. 

Instead of rebuilding it the city decided to change parts of the lanes underground to allow the space to be used for pedestrians. After a 10 year debate between council, public and government whether to keep the highway over or underground the reconstruction by the Washington State Department of Transportation began in 2011. 

Known as the Highway 99 Project the new tunnel cost the city nearly 3.3 billion USD and was opened with a 2 year delay in 2018. 

Alaskan Way Viaduct Before and After, Seattle, Washington
[Alaskan Way Viaduct] by [Unkown via ArchDaily]

9. Pier Freeway

The Piers of San Francisco are one of the main attractions the city has to offer. Similar to Seattle the Pier used to be blocked by a highway viaduct for years until an earthquake damaged it severely in 1989. 

The removal opened the pier to development and created an open space in one of the busiest areas. 3,000 new housing units, 2 million square feet of offices and 375,000 square feet of retail replaced the former traffic centre.

[Embarcadero Before and After] by [SF Film Location]

10. Denver Union Station

The original Denver Union Station was built in 1868 by architects Taylor, A.; Fairfield & Burton.

Today the old beaux arts style building isn’t recognisable after RTD purchased the building in 2001 and developed a master plan to renovate the station and 79,000 square meter surrounding it. 

The plan layed out to construct the new site in a single phase and the partner agencies selected Hargreaves Associates and Skidmore, Orwings & Merrill to design the space. 

Denver Union Station Before and After, Denver, Colorado
Top: [Denver Union Station] by [Unkown
Bottomo: [Denver Union Station] by [Brian W. Schaller]

The 500 million USD renovation didn’t just create a new train station but simultaneously started the renovation of historic buildings in the surrounding area.

Denver Union Station Main Terminal Before and After, Denver Colorado
[Denver Union Station] by [Isaac Kim]

11. Berlin Central Station

The central station in Berlin is the main station in Germany, connecting the capital to the rest of the country. Underneath the modern glass construction is the historic site of the Lehrter Bahnhof, which stood on the ground from 1871 until the end of World War 2 where it was heavily damaged. 

In 1998 it was decided that it was time for a new station to reunited the formerly divided city. 

The construction began with building tunnels connecting the stations across Berlin and laying down the foundation stone. 

Through winning a design competition the Hamburg architect Gerkan, Marg and Partners took over planning the station that opened in 2007.

12. Times Square

Before Times Square become the embodiment for Manhattan hyper-density, it was on the verge of overflowing. Underneath the millions of pedestrians and cars is the busiest station on the New York metro line. 

In 2008 Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation decided to make the square accessible again.

Jan Gehl and his team came together with Sadik-Khan to develop a design that would introduce bike lanes and pedestrian Plaza’s instead of multilane streets. 

In the same year the renovation allowed for a New Years Eve celebration on the new Times Square.

Times Square Before and After, Manhattan, New York
[Times Square] by [NYC DOT, Michael Grimm]

13. TVG Station

Paris based architect Marc Mimram designed a ‘Garden-Station’, with the intention of allowing travellers to see the surroundings and seasons outside the building.

The new station was proposed in 2014 and the design features pleats going across the concrete roof to throw shadows across the station. 

In collaboration with Emmanuel Nebout, contractor EGIS and developer Icade the team worked on the 142 million Euro station starting in 2015. 

[TVG Station] by [Marc Mimram]

14. Shanghai Skyline

It only took 20 years to turn Shanghai into the metropolis we know it as today. In 1990 it was already a world commerce hub but showed green space instead of skyscrapers along the river. 

After the economic reform it into the largest cargo port in the world and the architecture grew with it.

Remarkable buildings in the new skyline include the tallest building in China, the Shanghai Tower, designed by Jun Xia and built from 2008 to 2014 by the contractor Shanghai Construction Group. 

Close second is the Shanghai World Financial Center designed by Kohn Peterson Fox in 1997.

Shanghai Skyline Before and After, Shanghai, China
[Shanghai Skyline Before and After] by [Gizmodo]

15. Singapore Skyline

The tiny city-state and Island has had severe changes in its skyline since it became independent from Malaysia over 50 years ago. It’s hard to believe that constructions like Marina Bay Sands were only added to the scenery 10 years ago. 

The building was designed by Moshe Safdie and Aedas Singapore in 2007 and opened to host celebrities and sports from across the world in 2010.

Only a year later in 2011 Safdie left another print on the skyline by designing the Art Science Museum shaped like a lotus flower.

Singapore Skyline, Before and After, Singapore, Singapore
[Singapore Skyline Before and After] by [Reuters]

16. Dubai Skyline

In 2 decades Dubai transformed from a desert city to a one-of-a-kind metropolis counting the tallest building in the world as part of its skyline. 

The Burj Khalifa is construction of superlative designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP from Chicago and with consultation of Adrian Smith FAIA, RIBA in 2004. In 2010 the city celebrated its opening and the 1.5 billion project came to an end. 

30,000 apartments, 9 hotels, a mall and a lake can be found in the construction that broke all records. 

Dubai Skyline Before and After, Dubai, UAE
[Dubai Skyline Before and After] by [Wikimedia Commons]

17. Doha Skyline

The transformations in the middle east are incomparable to renovations in Europe or the USA.

Until the 90’s Doha was a small fishing community until the country started tapping into the oil and gas industry. Now, Qatar is one of the leading exporters in the world and has the skyline to match the skyrocketing industry. 

The city isn’t done expanding as it currently has 47 buildings under construction. The Doha Tower is one of the more subtle additions to the cityscape build from 2005- 2012. The city is said to spend 65 billion USD on new projects and infrastructure including the stadium for the World Cup 2022.

Doha Skyline Before and After, Doha, Qatar
[Doha Skyline Before and After] by [Emporis]

18. Shenzen

Shanghai has undergone a rapid development in the past years but the fasted growing city in China is Shenzen in the south. 

The former green area has now turned into the first and most successful Special Economic Zone in the country.

Shenzen Skyline Before and After, Shenzen, China
[Shenzen Before and After] by [Gaoloumi.com , SSDPenguin on Wikimedia Commons]

Danish studio Henning Larsen is working on building a new city centre in collaboration with two Chinese consortiums. 

The new public space is aiming to relocate the people to the waterfront.

Shenzen Waterfront, Shenzen, China by Henning Larsen
[New Shenzen Bay Plans] by [Henning Larsen]

19. Fortaleza

The city on the Brazilian coast gained tourism in 2014 as it was one of the host cities of the World Cup. Between 1975 and now it also gained a remarkable skyline going along the beach side. 

Fortaleza Before and After, Fortaleza, Brasil
[Fortaleza Before and After] by [Unkown via Groundzeroweb]

20. Rio De Janeiro Olympic Park

Before hosting the Olympics in 2016 Rio de Janeiro had to undergo an immense transformation. 

Completely new sport facilities were built in the years leading up to the games and changed the landscape of the city. 

The London based firm Wilkinson Eyre designed the largest part of the Olympic park, a conjunction of 3 arenas all holding different sporting events. He gave the master plan to local firm Arqhos Consultoria e Projetos, who brought the vision to live.

Olympic Park Before and After, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
[Olympic Park Before and After] by [Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg News; Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters]

21. Las Vegas

Vegas is known for its extravagance and excess but before there was gambling and a second Eiffel Tower, the desert town was merely there for necessity. 

A few hotels were built as a stop over for trade routes across the state and with the business came the customers. 

60 years later the Las Vegas strip and CityCentre is illuminated from casinos and hotels and it became the fastest growing area in America.

Las Vegas Strip Before and After, Las Vegas, Nevada
[Las Vegas Now and Then] by [Unknown via Google Earth Picture]

22. Subway Line 4

Before the Olympics Brazil didn’t just improve their sport facilities but also gave Rio’s infrastructure a push.

The new subway line 4 was build to connect the city to the event venues. The modern Design was proposed by firm Odebrecht.
It ended up opening with a delay and almost double the initial cost with 3.1 billion USD just in time for the games. 

It was only made accessible to the general public in late 2017.

Subway Line 4 Before and After, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
[Line 4 Subway Before and After] by [Getty Images]

23. Berlin Parliament

World War 2 left a lot of the historical buildings in Europe in ruins. The German parliament in Berlin has its seat in the Reichstag which was also a victim of bombs.

Instead of removing what was left, the city decided to revive the construction and renovated the building with modern additions. 

In 1993 UK designer Fosters and Partners won a competition with a design that didn’t include the glass dome that is now seen as a symbol of Berlin.
 Only in 1995 the dome and its spiral staircase got introduced to the design and now attract over a million visitors each year.
The renovation cost the state over 300 million euros.

Berlin Parliament Before and After, Berlin, Germany
Top [Reichstag Before] by [German Federal Archives]
Bottom: [Reichstag After] by [Wojsyl]

24. St. Louis Church

The St. Louis Church in Memphis Tennessee was first built in the late 1950’s with an, back-then, modern design. The original construction didn’t let much natural light into the building and in 2014 it was time to give the Church a makeover.

Already existing parts and a new altar and baldacchino were combined and kept in a similar style. The most drastic change was the new stained glass behind the altar which included artificial lighting, in order to bring life into the building.

St. Louis Church Before and After, Memphis, Tennessee
[St Louis Church Before and After] by [Unknown via Christian Review]

25. Holy Name of Jesus Church

The Catholic  church located in Brooklyn raised nearly 1 million USD to be able to restore the building and give the altar a new look.

What visitors previously described as ‘upside down’ hockey sticks, has now made place for a marble centerpiece which brings live into the historical place.
A lot of the renovation was done by the parishioners themselves giving back to their community.

In 2014 the church opened again for its first mass with its brand new altar.

Holy Name of Jesus Before and After, Brooklyn, New York
[Holy Name of Jesus Church Before and After] by [Unknown via Christian Review]

26. Salem Jail

The Salem Jail was the oldest operating penitentiary in the States until it closed down in 1991. The living conditions were said to be so bad that inmates sued the country, and won. 

It took almost 2 decades until developers David Goldman and Dennis Kanin from the New Boston Ventures picked up the abandoned building and turned it into luxury apartments and a restaurant. 

The restoration cost nearly 12 million USD and was completed in 2010 with all the apartments quickly being rented out. 

Salem Jail Before and After, Salem, Massachusetts
[Salem Jail Before and After] by [National Trust for Historic Preservation via Business Insider]

27. Tennessee Theatre

First opened in 1928 the theatre spent half a century entertaining generations in Knoxville with its movies. 

After its closing it took 18 months and 300 million USD to give the building a well needed rehaul, lead by local firm McCarty Holsaple Architects

Original elements of the theatre were kept intact and restored while the main stage got equipped for performing arts.

Tennessee Theater Before and After, Knowville, Tennessee
[Tennessee Theater Before and After] by [National Trust for Historic Preservation via Business Insider]

28. Boyle Hotel

Starting out as a luxury hotel in 1889 the Boyle Hotel made a promising place for shops and guests. With time the businesses left the area and the building deteriorated and after being left alone for years.

It took 24 million USD to bring back to life. 

New roof, floors, doors and furniture were added by Richard Barron Architects and in 2012 it reopened as affordable apartments with new shops opening on the ground floor.

Boyle Hotel Before and After, Los Angeles, California
[The Boyle Hotel Before and After] by [National Trust for Historic Preservation via Business Insider]

29. Art Hotel Paradiso

Ilmiodesign, have brought the Miami Beach style to Ibiza by taking on the renovation of the Art Hotel Paradiso. 

With pastel colours and interior design inspired by 70’s Italian architects Artizoom, the hotel opened  its doors to artists and travellers in 2018

[Art Hotel Paradiso] by [Adam Jhonson]

The lobby of the hotel features a ‘Glass room’ in which one can sleep for free with the condition that the room is fully visible to people walking by.

Glass Room, Art Hotel Paradiso, Ibiza, Spain
[Art Hotel Paradiso] by Adam Jhonson]

30. Tung Fat Building

The building was first built in the 1960’s and hosted several apartments and businesses.

The name Tung Fat literally translates to ‘get rich together’ which was the original purpose of the office complex.

In 2015 Melbourne based firm KPDO gave the building a make over, creating luxury apartments while preserving the original structure.

The refurbishment costs HK$ 30 million and aims to inspire fellow architects to keep old buildings in Hong Kong alive rather than building new skyscrapers.

[Tung Fat Building] by [Kerry Phelan Design Office via HongKongFP]

31. Garage Screen

The Garage screen in Moscow Russia is a modern take on an Open Cinema. Opened in 2015 the construction is designed to combine the experience of a closed cinema with an open air show. The visitors are still able to engage with the surroundings of the cinema while watching the movie. 

photo source https://whitecube.com/news/news_and_events/Damian_Ortega_at_the_Garage_Museum_of_Contemporary_Art_Moscow

[Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow] by [WhiteCube]
[Garage Screen] by [SYNDICATE]

SYNDICATE architects created a space that was fully adaptable depending on seasons, with the roof being able to open up and the whole construction can be completely disassembled if the materials are needed elsewhere.

[Garage Screen Inside] by [SYNDICATE]

32. Strøget

Known as the oldest and longest pedestrian street in the world Strøget goes through the heart of Copenhagen. While neither claim holds to be true, it was one of the inspirations to pedestrianise urban spaces in New York and other cities. 

Already in 1962 it was decided to remove all traffic from the street and quickly turned the area into the shopping street. 

Architect Jan Gehl studied the pedestrian walk in 1962 and found it to play a part in the policy shift to pedestrians and bicycles which still dominate Copenhagen to this day.

Strøget Before and After, Copenhagen, Denmark
[Strøget Before and After] by [Unkown via Global Designing Cities]

33. San Pablo Community

Transforming Urban Spaces doesn’t just revive old constructions, but also the life around it. In 2016 a group of female designers came into the neighbourhood and turned the sketchy shadows into a  playground that parents let their kids play on.  

Rozana Montriel and Alin V Wallach wanted to address one of the main issues in the country, which are the open spaces between buildings.

With low cost projects creating public spaces they increased the quality of life for many families. 

San Pablo Community Before and After, Mexico City, Mexico
[San Pablo Community Gardens] by [Sandra

34. Slotervaart

A suburban neighbourhood in Amsterdam was facing similar issues as New Mexico.

The ‘garden-city’ apartments in Slotervaart were popular choices for workers in the 60’s but left alone since then the area wasn’t populated enough to grow.

Slotervaart Before and After, Amsterdam, Netherlands
[Slotervaart] by [ISABEL NABUURS]

Several architects took over different parts of the  district and turned the empty spaces into dense and elegant apartments. 

Paul de Ruiter Architects‘ created a school, child care centre, housing and a park out of a single public housing courtyard.

Slotervaart Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
[Slotervaart] by [Paul de Ruiter]

35. Regnbuepladsen

Denmark promotes the use of bicycle over automobiles and reflects this in their landscaping. Previously a car park, Regnbuepladsen is now a pedestrian area with possibilities to lock your bike. 

After its renovation the square opened with a new name as a tribute to the LGBT+  Community.

Regnbuepladsen Before and After, Copenhagen, Denmark
[Regnbuepladsen] by [Urb-i]

36. Gemini Residence

Bjarke Ingles and his group have played a significant role in the urban development of Copenhagen. 

One of the area’s he’s transformed into a popular destination in summer is Islands Brygge, one of the harbour baths of the city. 

The project was completed in 2003 and holds 5 pools with a capacity of 600 people. 

Near the harbour baths is another notable transformation by MVRDV who turned two former silos into apartment buildings. 

The Gemini Residence has the flats attached to the outside of the silos and a lobby the height of the building to allow the tenants to move up and down. 

The construction took place from 2002 – 2005 and became a part of the modern harbour front in Islands Brygge.

Gemini Residence Before and After, Copenhagen, Denmark
[Gemini Residence] by [Unknown via Skyscrapercity]

37. High Line Park

Another one of New Yorks favourite parks has its roots in another public construction when it’s foundation was built in 1930 as a railway line. 

It connected the warehouses on Manhattans west side until the 70’s when parts of it were demolished to make space for the automobile traffic.In 2003 architects James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro won a competition with their design to turn what was left of the train tracks into an elevated park. 6 years later the High Line Park opened to the public and goes along the New York skyline.

High Line Park Before and After, New York, New York
[High Line Park Before and After] by [Unknown via Bio Diverse]

38. Axel Towers

While Scandinavian design is taking over the world, the local architecture isn’t being left behind.

Architect group Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter has changed the scenery of Copenhagen. A newer addition is found next to one of the oldest constructions in the city Tivoli. 

In 2016 the Axel Towers were completed, and opened several restaurants, offices and a public garden area.

Axel Tower Before and After, Copenhagen, Denmark
[Axel Tower] by [Heidelberg Cement]

39. Palm Islands

Landscape transformations in the United Arab Emirates are known for reaching the sky. The Palm Islands in Dubai show that the constructions have reached the waters as well. 

Nakheel’s construction and property management company build the palm shaped artificial island on the coast of the metropol. The islands were build over 6 years from 2001 – 2007 and took millions of tons of rocks and sand from the Persian Golf. 

The Jumeirah is a community of 50 smaller islands and hosts some of the most luxurious hotels of the city. 

[The Palm] by [Commander Leroy Chiao]

It isn’t the only artificial landmark on the coast. The World is a smaller island near the Palm, while The Universe and Dubai Waterfront were meant to join the landscape but constructions are currently on hold

The Universe, Dubai, UAE
[The Universe] by [Tobias Karlhuber]

40. Skanderberg Square

The Skanderberg Square in Tirana, Albania is one of the most important cultural and historical centre of the city.
Its boulevards connect several embassies and the presidential palace. In 2004 first renovation plans were made to create a more densified city centre but the drastic change in skyline was met with protest by the public.

Between 2008 and 2011 the architect firm 51N4E proposed a different design that would turn the square into a pedestrian only zone. The area isn’t flat but shaped like a 4 sided pyramid with 2.5% slope. 

The renovation completed in 2017 won the European Prize for Public Space in 2018.

Skanderberg Square Before and After, Tirana, Albania
[Skanderberg Square] by [Filip Dujardin]

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There is not much left until the year 2019 ends up. Every architecture firm, upcoming architect or a student still has a great chance to participate in these 48 ambitious competitions and bring the best out of their creative work. Scroll through our list and find the most interesting competitions for you or even participate in all of them and maybe there is a chance for you to win thousands of dollars in prizes!

1.Dying – Alternative Designs for Cemeteries

Trough the centuries cemeteries and the way we honor dead has changed. In this age accelerated urbanization and densification questions cemeteries as part of urban space. Is there a new way of how we can do it in this century? Designers are urged to explore new means of this ritual by suggesting devices, interior design projects, buildings, urban plans or other creations.

Archi competition  dying
  • Event main prize*: 1000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 27.08.2019
  • Submission deadline: 31.08.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: 65 EUR
  • Organizer: Non architecture competitions

2.Yo Parking – Urban parking that evolves

With cities growing at a fast pace, we must rethink how we use space and how transportation is distributed in them. Contenders are invited to propose innovative designs for parking towers that will hold at least 300 cars, will be friendly for city inhabitants and will blend in with functionality and aesthetics.

Architecture competition Yo parking
  • Event main prize*: 1500 USD
  • Registration deadline: 30.08.2019
  • Submission deadline: 09.09.2019
  • Site location: New York, USA
  • Area/perspective: Parking lot/ Concept
  • Registration fee *: 20-160 USD
  • Organizer: competitions.uni

3.Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art in Sharjah – UAE

Engineers, architects, designers, and students from all over the world are invited to design a new landmark for the city Sharjah in the UAE. The city hosts the Barjeel collection and is an important representative of modern art and design in the Arab World.

Barjeel architecture competition
  • Event main prize*: 5000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 30.08.2019
  • Submission deadline: 01.09.2019
  • Site location: Sharjah, UAE
  • Area/perspective: Museum
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: The Rifat Chadirji

4.Arrangement of the Drava promenade

Municipality of Maribor is looking for the most suitable solution, of the new promenade by the Drava river. Contestants should take in consideration geographical conditions and surrounding landmarks, as well as creative design solutions. It is suggested that proposals could include facilities for leisure, recreational and sports activities.

Maribor architecture competition
  • Event main prize*: 10000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 30.08.2019
  • Submission deadline: 30.08.2019
  • Site location: Maribor, Slovenia
  • Area/perspective: Urban development
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: City of Maribor


Design proposals are asked to envision new pier built in the Liqeni I Farkës lake. A new architecture piece should blend in the surrounding landmark and could reactivate how people interact with the environment they are living in. Participants should consider how will the new pier serve for local and international tourists all year long, how it will allow them to explore basin in an unexpected manner and way of pier contributing to sustainability.

pier in the lake  architecture competition
  • Event main prize*: 1000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 31.08.2019
  • Submission deadline: 08.09.2019
  • Site location: Tirana, Albania
  • Area/perspective: Leisure design
  • Registration fee *: 50-100 EUR
  • Organizer: Tirana Design Week

6. AIM competition challenge

Architects and designers are invited to explore the territory of Chinas countryside and work with public spaces as the library, homestay, and vegetable market. In essence, how do these spaces can help local residents, foreign residents and indigenous people shape the relationships together?

AIM architectural Competition
  • Event main prize*: 4250 USD
  • Registration deadline: 01.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 01.09.2019
  • Site location: China
  • Area/perspective: Rural development
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: AIM/ Architects in mission

7. We Australia – Embracing Evolution through Architecture

Competitors are given a unique opportunity to design a tourist village that will help its visitors to learn and better understand human evolution. Educate and spread awareness about ever-changing relationships between Australian natives and nature. The site takes place in Kakadu National Park and with beautiful sceneries, will definitely be a place for designers and architects creativity to spark.

we australia architecture
  • Event main prize*: 5000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 03.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 13.09.2019
  • Site location: Kakadu national park, Australia
  • Area/perspective: Tourism and leisure
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: competitions.uni


In the middle of April, the world was watching tragedy in Paris- burning Notre-Dame. Could we use this global catastrophe to rethink the way how we see their heritage in today’s culture, in today’s cities? Hosts invite participants to explore possibilities of the new dialogues between past and contemporary architectures?

Northe damme  rethink design
  • Event main prize*: 1000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 04.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 04.09.2019
  • Site location: Paris, France
  • Area/perspective: Redesign
  • Registration fee *: 45-85 EUR
  • Organizer: Re Th!nk

9.International Biennale of Architecture Krakow 2019

Participants are offered to participate in proposing concepts for new urban planning, architectural solutions, installations or other proposals for the city of Krakow. Municipality of Kraków seeks new orientation within the Old Town urban space in relation to the bank of the Vistula River. There are no really specific requirements set up. Contestants are welcome to choose the projects scale and types of visual materials presented by themselves.

  • Event main prize*: 11500 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 04.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 04.09.2019
  • Site location: Krakow, Poland
  • Area/perspective: Urban design
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: Municipality of Kraków

10. Upcycling retail- Changing the way marketplaces are made

With rapidly growing e-commerce popularity, traditional malls are put towards a threat. Malls currently serve not only shopping experience but also a harbors social spot of neighborhoods. Contestants are challenged to design marketplace that is evolving and more adaptive towards the coming future. Demolished Dixie Square mall place will be used as a site for this experiment.

retail architecture
  • Event main prize*: 5000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 15.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 25.09.2019
  • Site location: Harvey, Chicago
  • Area/perspective: Mall
  • Registration fee *: 25-260 USD
  • Organizer: competitions.uni

11.URBAN DETOX – Architecture Competition

The competition invites all undergraduate architecture students to look at how to improve the commuting atmosphere in Jakarta. Students will have the chance to explore and experiment with ideas in order to find solutions that could benefit city dwellers.

urban detox architecture
  • Event main prize*: 500 USD
  • Registration deadline: 15.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 15.09.2019
  • Site location: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: 18 USD
  • Organizer: AFAIR UI 2020

12.Footbridge – the MUSTE Experiential Bridge

By city of Ljubljana, contestants are invited to design a footbridge over Ljubljanica river. The bridge is aimed to connect both sides fo river banks, as well as improve the general housing quality of the existing nearby neighborhoods.

city of ljubljana architecture
  • Event main prize*: 6000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 19.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 19.09.2019
  • Site Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Area/perspective: Urban development
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: City of Ljubljana

13. Swimming pool complex Vevče

With the recent acquisition of Vevče complex, the principal of city Ljubljana is inviting architects, engineers and designers to introduce the best solutions possible for areas comprehensive renovation project.

Swimming pool architecture
  • Event main prize*: 10800 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 19.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 19.09.2019
  • Site Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Area/perspective: Urban development
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: City of Ljubljana

14.Rural School in Haiti

Suffered from multiple natural disasters and political instabilities, Haiti is currently among poorest in the region. Less than 50% of children are going to school and by a recent earthquake, more than 80% of schools in the west region of the country were devastated or seriously wrecked. An inspiring competition is set up, that asks architects and designers to propose plans for a rural school to Haitian, TE NWA community. Currently, children use a tent with plywood separated classrooms. A total of 7 levels of the clases has to be held in school and host over 50 children.

Rural School Haiti architecture
  • Event main prize*: 1500 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 22.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 23.09.2019
  • Site location: Port-au-Prince., Haiti
  • Area/perspective: School
  • Registration fee *: 60-100 EUR
  • Organizer: ARCHsharing

15.2nd National Ideas Competition IMUVI

The Municipality of León in Mexico has announced the competition for participants to rethink urban areas of the Mexican city. With the main focus towards the integration of public spaces and green spaces within the new social housing neighborhood. Architectural practices and individuals are encouraged to focus on innovation and sustainability, same time keeping housing solutions safe and accessible for those groups with less income in society. With the completion of this project, the municipality will encourage access, equal opportunities and freedom from discrimination living.

Leon architecture competition
  • Event main prize*: 3000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 27.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 30.09.2019
  • Site location: León, Mexico
  • Area/perspective: Urban housing
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: The Municipality of León

16.Micro Housing 2019

With the ever-growing problem of overpopulation and lack of proper housing in urban areas, participants are asked to prototype a possible design of a micro-housing unit that could be used in the community by own choice. Contenders should evaluate aesthetics and functional nature of proposed visions. Explain how these units will improve life and serve the basic needs of the inhabitants.

Micro housing 2019
  • Event main prize*: 2000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 27.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 04.10.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: 70-80 USD
  • Organizer: Volume zero


The participants are invited to create a 21st-century library with elements of transparency, light, and nature. Designers should pay strong respect towards the context and surrounding environment. The new library should stay true to the spirit of the library as well as promote the culture of reading among visitors and city inhabitants.

Central park book studio new design
  • Event main prize*: 1200 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 29.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 30.09.2019
  • Site location: New York, USA
  • Area/perspective: Urban Design
  • Registration fee *: 40-80 EUR
  • Organizer: sw/tch

18.Sport Citadel Architecture Competition

Young Architects Company invites in contestants to design and present a place where sport can aspire. The place that can unite people and warm hearts. With the main prize of 10000 EUR, it makes it a serious and challenging competition for ambitious architects and designers.

Sport citadel architecture
  • Event main prize*: 10000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 29.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 02.10.2019
  • Site Location: Turin, Italy
  • Area/perspective: Sports, venue
  • Registration fee *: 60-110 EUR
  • Organizer: YAC

19.Bringing urban spaces to life

The design challenge here is to improve people lives in urban areas by breaking their long screen time with public space installations. These installations should provoke attention, aspire element of play and connection. Participants can determine their own audience and context and design process. Cities like Tokyo, New York, London, Hong Kong or any other upcoming city of the world share chaos, high level of stress and disconnectedness where humans flow just as regular grey mass trough the streets.

Elevate architecture competition
  • Event main prize*: 5000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 30.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 05.10.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: BOUN

20.Warming Huts: An Arts & Architecture Competition On Ice V.2020

Contestants are asked to design huts, keeping in mind the use of materials, sustainability, form, and integration in the landscape. 3 of the best designs will receive not only honorarium but the actual possibility to construct the huts along the River Trail located on the Assiniboine and Red rivers in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Warming huts
  • Event main prize*: 3500 USD
  • Registration deadline: 30.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 30.09.2019
  • Site location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Area/perspective: Housing
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: The Forks

21.The Future of Housing / SkyCity Challenge 19

Architects and designers are invited to design a home that can be dismantled, packed in a shipping container and moved to any place in the world to be mounted back again. Important to notice that hosts require this construction to be partially made out of BCORE (a special stainless steel material). Overall concepts will be judged on overall costs, aesthetics, BCORE usage, Eco-friendliness, housing strategies, disassemblability, and others.

The future of housing  architecture
  • Event main prize*: 5000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 30.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 01.10.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: Sky City

22.House Challenge 2019 – Desert House

A Desert house challenge presented by HOUSE CHALLENGE has yet brought another interesting task for international competitors to participate in. In this challenge, contenders are asked to explore possibilities of living in harsh environments such as the desert. The focus is to create creative designs or methods of temporary housing with new and original concepts.

house challenge architecture
  • Event main prize*: 500 USD
  • Registration deadline: 30.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 01.10.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: 35-65 USD
  • Organizer: HOUSE CHALLENGE


City of Reyhanli, Turkey in last years has experienced tremendous growth for their population due to Syrian refugees. The town is facing multiple problems in hosting all in need, and therefore a transitional shelters solution has to be designed. Contestants are asked to evaluate the situation and propose best solutions that will serve the elderly, widowed and orphan Syrian refugees.

refuge architecture
  • Event main prize*: 5000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 01.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 01.10.2019
  • Site location: Reyhanli, Turkey
  • Area/perspective: Refugee camp
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: Building 4Humanity

24.The 46th Nisshin Kogyo Architectural Design Competition

Competitions theme “Living upon Nature” suggests contenders open up their imagination and present various concepts of this slogan. A panel of jury suggest everyone think about how to enriches the relationship between Earth and humans, how is life in the city and how it is in nature, how will the future look like?

Living up the nature architecture
  • Event main prize*: 9400 USD
  • Registration deadline: 01.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 04.10.2019
  • Site location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: Nisshin Kogyo

25.ABC | MONZA 2019 – Open International Architectural Ideas Competition in BIM

Architects, engineers, designers, and students are faced and exciting challenge of the urban reimagination of Italian city Monza in Lombardy. Contestants have freedom in terms of what to design, but it is required that final results bring value to neighbourhoods around It, is built and operated in a sustainable manner and creative to stand out.

Worth mentioning that it is a BIM-based competition! Contestants are invited to submit 3D models instead of traditional pdf blueprints.
There are just a few competitions like this in the world and it’s the first one happening in Italy.

Monza architecture
  • Event main prize*: 10000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 04.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 04.11.2019
  • Site location: Monza, Lombardy, Italy
  • Area/perspective: Urban Development
  • Registration fee *: 75-150 EUR
  • Organizer: ABC | MONZA 2019


With no fixed place or client, designers are given wide freedom with house designing. OPENGAP invites everyone to challenge boundaries, innovate and suggest visionary proposals. Participants are suggested to choose the client of their own preference or inspiration.

Architecture competition
  • Event main prize*: 2000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 05.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 12.10.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: House design
  • Registration fee *: 35-110 EUR
  • Organizer: OPEN GAP

27.24h COMPETITION 31st edition – babel

In this competition architects and designers are asked to present their architectural answers in just 24 hours! The final brief will be only announced on the event day, but we can already see that the competition will be about future societies. With utopian themes, trough social problems and humanitarian issues, the competition seek to spark ideas and creativity in participants!

Babel 24h competition
  • Event main prize*: 500 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 05.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 06.10.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: 20-50 EUR
  • Organizer: Ideasforward

28.The HOME Competition 2019

Trough the time home has been an important element of human life. The competition invites all designers to explore our possibilities for future homes, how will domestic architecture look like? Designers are encouraged to think about emerging building materials, and techniques. Consider the rise of smart houses, tiny houses, home-sharing and marketplaces like Airbnb.

The home Competition
  • Event main prize*: 5000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 06.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 07.10.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: 40-80 USD
  • Organizer: ARCH Out Loud

29. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering: 2. Phase architecture

A challenging competition where participants are asked to draw a new design for the future building of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering located in the western part of the Slovenian capital city, Ljubljana. The new building should provide students and teachers with modern all necessary facilities for study and research.

University of Ljubljana
  • Event main prize*: 20000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 09.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 09.10.2019
  • Site Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Area/perspective: Educational facility
  • Registration fee *: FREE


Contestants are encouraged to reimagine and rethink spaces for visually impaired people. A place that would allow everyone to experience it to its full potential and to erase the distinction between the blind and the non-blind. There are no size or type limitations, however, space has to offer the ability to be used by all people. Architize suggests to look up for inspiration from Louis Braille and do research on what has already been designed for blind people.

Dots for the blind
  • Event main prize*: 500 USD
  • Registration deadline: 14.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 20.10.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: 20-35 USD
  • Organizer: Architize

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31.Urban Confluence Silicon Valley

Participants are faced with challenges of creating a civic landmark that will enhance community life in Silicon Valley. Designs should be transformative with exciting presence and must include impressive lightning solutions with net-zero energy approach. In the second phase, three of the finalists will receive 150 00 USD stipendium to refine their proposals.

urban  confluence competition
  • Event main prize*:?
  • Registration deadline: 15.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 15.10.2019
  • Site location: Silicon Valley, USA
  • Area/perspective: Landmark
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: José Light Tower Corporation

32.Paris Affordable Housing Challenge

Paris is among the top 10 most expensive cities to live in. With the rising trend of short term rentals, landlords are choosing to earn as twice as much per month over long term rentals. Challenge is seeking to design a sustainable solution for the affordable housing problem. Participants should propose designs that can be used in different locations with different conditions in mind, as well as host various type of inhabitants, ranging from single professionals to families.

Paris affordable housing challenge
  • Event main prize*: 3000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 15.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 12.11.2019
  • Site location: Paris, France
  • Area/perspective: Affordable housing
  • Registration fee *: 120-140 USD
  • Organizer: ARCHHIVE BOOKS

33.Archhive-Books’ Portable Reading Rooms

Participants are given complete creative freedom to design portable reading rooms that could be used in various locations. Designers can introduce specific environments they wish the reading room to suit, spaces can be open or closed and should encourage reading.

Portable reading rooms
  • Event main prize*: 3000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 18.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 15.11.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: 80-120 USD
  • Organizer: ARCHHIVE BOOKS’


A powerful landmark of ‘Aldeia da Mata’ dolmen, located in Crato, Portugal is a perfect playground for students and professionals within the design and architectural fields to participate in this competition. The new Site cloister is expected to enhance the beauty and power of surrounding landscapes and provide spaces for exhibitions, offices, meetings, and others.

site cloister architecture
  • Event main prize*: 2000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 21.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 26.10.2019
  • Site location: Alentejo, Portugal
  • Area/perspective: Landmark
  • Registration fee *: 60-90 EUR
  • Organizer: ARKxsite

35.Iceland Black Lava Fields Visitor Center

Current visitor center requires more modern touch in aesthetics and functionality to emerge better with surrounding landscapes. Competitors are asked therefore to deign new visitor center that would hold the potential to become an iconic landmark itself, exercise sustainable construction practices as well as hold all the basic amenities of the information center.

visitors center island architecture competition
  • Event main prize*: 3000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 22.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 19.11.2019
  • Site location: Iceland
  • Area/perspective: Visitor Center
  • Registration fee *: 120-140 USD
  • Organizer: Bee Breeders


Participants are invited to design a cost-effective and eco-friendly building proposals for the guest house located next to one of the most breathtaking Icelandic landscapes. A winning design will be considered for the actual construction of 8-10 room guest house.

Iceland architecture comp.
  • Event main prize*: 3000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 29.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 15.11.2019
  • Site location: Lake Mývatn, Iceland
  • Area/perspective: Guesthouse
  • Registration fee *: FREE

37.Affordable Urban Housing Challenge

In this decade urban centers that fuelled by economic growth has faced a huge problem with affordable housing for its residents. As prices for housing has grown in tremendous speed, residents lack the opportunity to catch up with it. Therefore more solutions for affordable housing are required. Participants are encouraged to present solutions that are easily developed, with minimal use of materials and land, but not limited to size or residential units. The design should be flexible and adaptable to suit different locations across the world with their local specifications.

affordable housing challenge
  • Event main prize*: 1000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 31.10.2019
  • Submission deadline: 01.11.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Urban housing
  • Registration fee *: 25-50 USD
  • Organizer: archue

38.Iceland Volcano Museum

Iceland is country full of landmarks and now the designers and architects are given a chance to create one more of their own. The Iceland Volcano Museum has to serve various practical needs as an information centre, cafe and office complex being multipurpose exhibition hall.

Iceland volcano museum Competition
  • Event main prize*: 3000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 01.11.2019
  • Submission deadline: 29.11.2019
  • Site location: Lake Mývatn, Iceland
  • Area/perspective: Museum design
  • Registration fee *: 120-140 USD
  • Organizer: Bee Breeders


Architectural students and professionals are invited to be part of redesigning Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in France. Museum has a long history behind and several reconstructions and redesigns. This time contestants are asked to include and play around with artificial lighting on the museums interior and exterior façades as well as a choice of rooms, halls, and stairways.

re think architecture
  • Event main prize*: 5000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 01.11.2019
  • Submission deadline: 10.11.2019
  • Site location: Lyon, France
  • Area/perspective: Redesign Museum
  • Registration fee *: FREE
  • Organizer: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

40.Architecture Space Sea International Competition in Architecture

With 3 main prizes, architects and designers are challenged to imagine living in new conditions. With the continuously growing world population, we must take action and expand our living areas. Spaces we haven’t used before therefore has to be put in perspective. How would inhabitable village with the modern but yet sustainable design look like on Moon, under the water or by African coastline?

paris architecture  design competition
  • Event main prize*: 7500 USD
  • Registration deadline: 08.11.2019
  • Submission deadline: 08.11.2019
  • Site location: Paris, France
  • Area/perspective: Future living spaces
  • Registration fee *: FREE

41.Gatogether: A new Community Center

One of the most populated and poorest districts in Lima is in huge need for a community center, a place where locals can gather, study, work play and share. DNADD and Techo share a common vision that this center will be the starting point for many families to step out of poverty. Important to notice that it is planned to host different activities and provided a changing environment that is able to adapt its users.

gatogether community center
  • Event main prize*: 1000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 14.11.2019
  • Submission deadline: 14.11.2019
  • Site Location: Lima, Peru
  • Area/perspective: Community development center
  • Registration fee *: 50-90 EUR
  • Organizer: DNADD and Techo

42.2020 Skyscraper Competition

Again, architects, designers, students, and engineers are invited to participate in annual Skyscraper Competition, organized by eVolo Magazine. This year’s competition encourages participants to consider sustainability and advanced technologies, present new urban and architectural methods that aim to solve cultural, economic and social problems. Contestants are not restricted regards site, size or style. Think what is the skyscraper in the 21st century?

2020 skyscraper competition
  • Event main prize*: 5000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 19.11.2019
  • Submission deadline: 11.02.2020
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Skyscraper design
  • Registration fee *: 95-135 USD
  • Organizer: eVolo Magazine

43.Stadiums that live beyond sports

An exciting challenge for every designer or architect who is looking to twist their minds over the well-discussed problem of large venues not being properly used. Contestants are requested to design and propose plans for the multi-purpose stadium, that would not only host sports events but could also serve other purposes.

stadium design competition
  • Event main prize*: 5000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 21.11.2019
  • Submission deadline: 01.12.2019
  • Site Location: Montpellier, France
  • Area/perspective: Venue design
  • Registration fee *: 20-80 USD
  • Organizer: competitions.uni

44.Extreme Habitat Challenge – Arctic

Competition wishes to push boundaries bit further and challenge visionaries to explore opportunities of inhabiting artic. With world cities growing at fast pace, overpopulation, poverty, pollution and high traffic, we must seek spaces out of cities allowing people to experience a better quality of life. Ellesmere Island becomes a perfect starting point for an ambitious project, this city will be a midpoint in the Hyperloop route between Moscow ( Russia ) and Vancouver ( Canada ).

Extreme habitat challenge
  • Event main prize*: 5000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 28.11.2019
  • Submission deadline: 08.12.2019
  • Site location: Canada
  • Area/perspective: Future living spaces
  • Registration fee *: 21-476 USD
  • Organizer: competitions.uni

45.Fashion Pavilion Milan

Pop up a pavilion that connects people, architecture, and passion under one roof. This could be the short description of a given task. Archasm aspires to generate progressive ideas for fashion capital – Milan. Architects and designers are given the freedom to express their visions for visitors to be inspired.

Fashion architecture pavilion Milan
  • Event main prize*: 1250 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 29.11.2019
  • Submission deadline: 30.11.2019
  • Site location: Milan, Italy
  • Area/perspective: Pop up- pavilion
  • Registration fee *: 60-80 EUR
  • Organizer: archasm

46.Mozambique Preschool: Flor da Manhã

Participants are suggested to design proposals for school in Mozambique. The aim is to find the best solution for the new school, the area is ready for build and the winning project will be constructed. It is important to consider all the required factors and especially the usage of building materials and available labour. Architects and designers have a wonderful chance to create for the community.

Mozambique school  architecture
  • Event main prize*: 6000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 01.12.2019
  • Submission deadline: 01.12.2019
  • Site location: Chongoene, Mozambique
  • Area/perspective: School
  • Registration fee *: 60-120 USD
  • Organizer: ARCHstorming

47. Laka Competition 2020: ‘Architecture That Reacts’

The host invites participants to create a design that is able to react on it’s dynamic social, natural and built surroundings. Competition is accepted in urban, architectural, technological, or product design. There are no limitations towards projects location, size or functions. In previous events, designers went beyond typical solutions and much included robotics, mechanics, bio-architecture, mobility and any more.

Laka architecture competition
  • Event main prize*: 1250 USD
  • Registration deadline: 01.12.2019
  • Submission deadline: 20.12.2019
  • Site location: Worldwide
  • Area/perspective: Concept design
  • Registration fee *: 25-150 USD
  • Organizer: Laka

48.Moon Trip – Inspiring Humanity to explore beyond earth

Celebrating 50 years of space exploration, designers are invited to present concepts of space exploration centre for kids and teenagers. Organizers are expecting ideas that spark interest and creativity towards space exploration, are driven towards learning and are interactive.

Moon trip competition
  • Event main prize*: 5000 USD
  • Registration deadline: 15.12.2019
  • Submission deadline: 25.12.2019
  • Site location: Washington, USA
  • Area/perspective: Kids spaces
  • Registration fee *: 21-476 USD
  • Organizer: Unfuse

Special mention:

The Marielle Franco 
Community-Design Award

Architects and designers are invited to propose sustainable, safe and resilient solutions for underprivileged areas. These proposals should improve the daily lives of the local citizens. It could be housing, civic, educational or cultural solutions that are presented by contestants.

The Marielle Franco  Community-Design Award
  • Event main prize*: 10000 EUR
  • Registration deadline: 22.09.2019
  • Submission deadline: 30.10.2019
  • Site location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Area/perspective: Urban Development
  • Registration fee *: Free
  • Organizer: Building 4 humanity

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Have you ever wondered who are the main architecture firms in the world? We have composed a massive list of 100 best architecture firms sorted by their revenue. While reading our article you will find out who is behind some of the worlds most iconic buildings, and get a chance to connect with company leaders via Linkedin.

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100.Showa Sekkei

Founded in 1957, Tokyo, Showa Sekkei is one of the biggest architectural firms in Japan which delivers all services related to architecture. With a revenue of about 5 Million USD and over 200 employees, the firm is known for its innovative designs, such as for the creation of the Abeno Pedestrian Bridge and the Tokyo Metropolitan Matzusaka Hospital.

The Abeno Pedestrian Bridge

99. Aidea

Aidea represents another influential architecture firm in the Philippines, located in Makai City which is the financial hub. With a revenue of about 7 million USD and over 200 employees it has received several awards within the last years such as the BCI Asia award in 2005 for the top 10 architecture firm in the Philippines and later on in 2011 they were recognized the BIM award for the best use of BIM for sustainability, build-ability, and constructibility. Their most famous work being Mandani Bay development project in Cebu. 

Mandani Bay Cebu
Mandani Bay Cebu
Jojo Tolentino

Company president: Jojo Tolentino

98.Palafox Associates

Palafox Associates is a multi-disciplinary firm founded in 1989 with more than 100 professional consultants where the main focus is on engineering and interior design. Located in the capital of the Philippines, Manila offers the firms visibility and attractiveness for its fast pace growth and tourist attractiveness.  The company is known for designing attractive parks and urban plans within the Philippines and internationally such as the Aluminum City in Bahrain.

Floren M. Naguit

Senior Project Architect at Palafox: Floren M. Naguit


Morphogenesis is listed as one of India’s well-known, award-winning architecture and Urban Design firms. With their offices located in Mumbai, Bengaluru, and New Delhi. It is also listed as the only firm in the WA100 chart of the World’s largest Architecture firms which is gender-neutral. The company employs over 50% of women across all levels. With over 8 million USD in revenue and international projects, Morphogenesis is also known for landscape design projects such as the  Rock-cut Architecture- Amarnath caves.

ITC campus Kolkata
ITC campus Kolkata
Manit Rastogi

Founding Partner at Morphogenesis: Manit Rastogi

96.Aukett FItzroy Robinson

Based in London, the firm features a long list of awards in urban planning and building design. The classical design and beauty are represented by their project of Trinity-square in London and their modern innovative touch with Skype project in Prague. One of their latest and greatest projects can be found in Hamburg and it is Fontenay Hotel.

Fontenay Hotel
Fontenay Hotel
Tom Alexander

Director at Aukett FItzroy Robinson: Tom Alexander

95.Archetype Group

With more than 1,100 employees and 14 million USD in revenue, Archetype Group is one of the largest consultancies in the Asia Pacific with core services in Architecture & Master Planning and their expertise covers key construction sectors such as buildings and real estates. Their greatest project being: Capital Place (Four Seasons Hotel)


Owner, Founding President at Archetype Group: Francois Magnier

94.Progetto CMR

Change arises from the relationship between the past and the future. With this quote, the Italian firm company based in Milan has accomplished several projects in the classical design such as the New Padua Calcio stadium and the Chongqing Jihua Yuelai Eco-Oxygen Tower Project in China.

Chongqing Jihua Yuelai Oxygen Tower project
Chongqing Jihua Yuelai Oxygen Tower project
Massimo Roj

CEO Founder and Principal at Progetto CMR: Massimo Roj

93.UN Studio

UN studio started with 2 people and their passion laid down on a kitchen table 30 years ago. Currently, the firm has 4 international offices and in total manages over 200 designers and architects. Their main projects focus on human needs, housing, and fast-growing communities.

The Mercedes Benz Museum
The Mercedes Benz Museum
Ben van Berkel

Founder of UNStudio: Ben van Berkel

92. Ryder Architecture

Award-winning architecture company Ryder architects have been improving the quality of life around us since 1953 when a group of entrepreneurial architects started the company in Newcastle. Since then the company has grown into the  180 people working and bringing in a solid turnover of 15 million USD.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Image by: Garden pics and tips
Mark Clasper

Director at Ryder Architecture: Mark Clasper

91.Space Matrix

Founded in 2001 in Singapore, Malaysia, Space Matrix offers a design practice that specializes in workplace environments supplying future-ready workplace solutions throughout Asia. Space Matrix has created new workspaces in places like the  BBC office in Singapore, Microsoft offices in Taipei and redesigned IBM Singapore office solutions.

Uber Redesign
Uber Office Singapore

CEO at Space Matrix: Arsh Chaudhry

90.GVA & Asociados

GVA is a leading Mexican architectural firm in the Latin American region. Holding strong experience with over 50 years in the industry, the company reaches a turnover of 22 million USD. With more than 100 talented employees, GVA has managed to execute several high-class leisure projects, such as Hilton Resort in Aruba,  Mundo Imperial in Acapulco and Breathless  Punta Cana Resort and SPA in the Dominican Republic.

Hilton Resort in Aruba
Hilton Resort in Aruba

President at GVA & Asociados: Jaime Gomez Vazquez Aldana

89.Sheppard Robson

The London Based architecture firm with over 22 million dollar revenue and approximately 300 employees. Focusing on urban design highlighting social and environmental responsibility. The firm has a track record of the construction of universities, colleges, campuses, and hospitals.

Interserve UK Hub
Interserve UK Hub
Rupert Goddard

Partner at Sheppard Robson: Rupert Goddard

88.Henning Larsen Architects

The Copenhagen based architecture firm’s main focus is on the landscape, engineering and interior design and rethinking of how we can design social spaces to alleviate a growing global trend of loneliness.

Moesgaard Museum
Moesgaard Museum. Image by Jyllands Posten
Mette Kynne Frandsen

CEO and Partner at Henning Larsen: Mette Kynne Frandsen

87. AS Architecture-Studio

Architecture-Studio is a French architectural company which has multiple offices in Paris,  Shanghai, and Venice. Today, the studio is run by 150 skilled architects, urban planners, landscape and interior designers. Companies staffs is well mixed with 25 unique nationalities represented.

National Theatre of Bahrain
National Theatre of Bahrain. Image by: Nicolai Buisson
Martin Robain

Founder at AS Architecture-Studio: Martin Robain

86.PRP Architects

Specialized in housing design and urban planning, this English firm has received more than 100 awards focusing on affordable housing. PRP Architects has over 50 years of experience in the field and a strong focus on sustainable housing.  With 3 offices located in the UK, this firm gathers turnover of 23million USD.

Canada Court E03 building in progress
Canada Court E03 Wembley
Anne-Marie Nicholson

Senior Partner at PRP: Anne-Marie Nicholson

85.AIA Architectes Ingénierus Associés

With the headquarters in Paris with several offices located in France’s major cities this firm specializes in general infrastructure and design they are well known for infrastructure construction in the sector of well being such as hospitals.

Hospital Complex Princess Grace, Principality de Monaco project
Hospital Complex Princess Grace, Principality de Monaco
Director from AIA

Director at AIA Architectes Ingénierus Associés: Simon Davies

84.Zaha Hadid Architects

Is one of the most diverse architectural firms as their work covers all scales and sectors with 950 ongoing projects, work in 44 countries. One of their featured projects is the BMW Central Building in Leipzig.

BMW Central Building in Leipzig side view
BMW Central Building in Leipzig. Image by : Hélène Binet

Principal at Zaha Hadid Architects: Patrik Schumacher

83. Jaspers-Eyers Architects

Well known for the construction of “The Chambon Penthaus” located in Brussels for which the Belgian firm has won the first prize at the Golden Rules for Urban development. Company is well known in Europe for its focus to achieve excellence in design, delivering solutions in an efficient way. Jaspers-Eyers Architects commits to emphasize on communication and design in an ecological way for the people and the environment. 

The Chambon Penthaus
The Chambon Penthouse
Jean-Michel Jaspers

CEO at Jaspers-Eyers Architects: Jean-Michel Jaspers

82.Thomson Adsett Architects

Thomson Adsett  Architects based an Australian firm is best to be described as reliable and accountable once delivering high-end projects. Company has a combination of highly motivated and experienced designers, innovators, and architects that shape the future vision. Firms main activities reflect on hospitality, communal living, commercial, educational and interior projects.

Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Louise Cox

COO at ThomsonAdsett: Louise Cox

81.Allies & Morrison

Allies and Morrison is an architecture and urban planning practice based in London, Cambridge, and Dublin. Founded in 1984, it has developed a reputation for well-crafted buildings and thoughtful placemaking. Currently focusing on projects located in the Middle East and in North America.

This John Lewis department store in england
This John Lewis department store

Partner at Allies & Morrison: Jo Bacon

80. Populous

Based in Kansas city the firms’ specializes in the construction of large infrastructures which include stadiums, event halls/venues, and arenas. With more than 3,000 projects in their portfolio such as Target Field Stadium in Minneapolis,  First National Bank Stadium for FIFA 2020 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games. Company is definitely among the industry leaders once we are talking about architecture for large size venues.

ICC Sydney stadium
ICC Sydney. Image by : Hassell Studio

Senior Principal at Populous: Brian Mirakian

79.Hames Sharley

Based in Adelaide, Australia the firm works in six capital cities, representing decades of experience and skills across all design disciplines.  They collaborate with local and international partners such as UN Studio, Foster + Partners, Silver Thomas Hanley, and Cox Architecture. Their portfolio is based on general construction and infrastructure.

100 St Georges Terrace Australia
100 St Georges Terrace

Director at Hames Sharley: Brook McGowan


Established in 1979, the firm has over 130 people working across 5 studios in the UK.  The company takes their job very serious and approaches every customer with high ambition and drive towards excellence. 3DReid believes their buildings must bring beneficial outcomes for direct users and the wider public.  Majority of their projects focuses around residential, industrial, educational and others.

One Angel Square, Manchester
One Angel Square, Manchester. Image by : Buro Happold
Gordon Ferrier

Director at 3DReid Architects: Gordon Ferrier

77.Diamond Schmitt Architects

Based in Ontario the Canadian firm has led several projects and constructions in the fields of healthcare, public buildings, and research and one of the most recent projects is the construction of the School of Culinary Arts and Information Technology in London.

Lazaridis Hall Wilfrid Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University, Lazaridis Hall. Image by: Double Space Photo

Associate at Diamond Schmitt Architects: Dan Gallivan

76.10 Design

Based in Hong Kong this architecture firm has completed projects in urban design all over the world with a particular focus on the middle east and in Dubai where they are well known for the construction of the Blue Water Residence home to the largest observation wheel in the world.

Blue Waters Residences
Blue Waters Residences. Image by :10 DESIGN | Rafael Vargas .
David Pringle

CEO at 10 design: David Pringle

75.Ronald Lu & Partners

Also, this prestigious company is based in Hong Kong with over 550 active staff members.  Their main headquarters are in Hong Kong with additional offices located all across main Chinese cities: Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. RLP offers services for a wide global client base,  ranging from the public sector to commercial and institutional sectors.

 TODTOWN, Shanghai, China
TODTOWN, Shanghai, China. Image by: Lead8

Vice-Chairman at Ronald Lu & Partners: Bryant 慶耀 Lu 呂

74.Architect Hafeez Contractor

The Mumbai based firm is one of the first companies to build an extensive range of the tallest buildings such as the tallest residential building in the world (23 Marina Dubai) and the tallest building in India.

23 Marina Dubai
23 Marina Dubai. Image by: Tfod.in
Pushyamitra Londhe

Senior Associate Architect at Architect Hafeez Contractor: Pushyamitra Londhe

73. Ramboll Architecture & Planning

Ramboll is one of the largest architectural practices in the Nordic countries and fourth-largest in Europe with close to 800 experts.  Rambøll Denmark was selected by Novo Nordisk A/S for the design of a new production facility. In this Facility is planned to fabricate and deliver the world’s first protein tablet to the global market. 

Sandvikboder in Norway
Sandvikboder in Norway

Chief Innovation Officer at Ramboll Group: Hilde Tonne

72. Wilmotte & Associés

Jean-Michel Wilmotte, founder of Wilmotte and Associates was born in 1948 in French town Soissons. In 1975, Paris, he founded his own architecture firm.  Currently, the firm employs 270 specialists from 25 different nationalities and operates in 20 countries. Companies international development office has launched two subsidiary companies: Wilmotte UK Ltd in London, and Wilmotte Italia Srl in Venice. 

impressive UN headquarters for West Africa  2020, Senegal, expresses ambition of architecture firms goals
UN headquarters for West Africa 2020, Senegal

Senior Project Manager at Wilmotte & Associés: Marco Olivieri

71. Capita Symonds

The London based firm provides a unique blend of services and expertise, working with our clients to transform and modernize their businesses across the UK and Europe. Their main focus is on design and construction of large infrastructures across Europe.

Millau Viaduct, France
Millau Viaduct, France. Image by Haarkon

Director of Infrastructure at Capita Symonds: Phil Downes

70.TP Bennett

As TP Bennett has existed for already ten decades. The company can be proud of long-established expertise in listed buildings, built heritage and conservation. Company in total has seven listed buildings to its name and has been a huge part of development on hundreds of historic buildings in both the domestic and international realm, including work at UNESCO World Heritage sites in Libya and Ghana.

58 victoria embankment
58 victoria embankment
Melanie Zarins

Associate Director at TP Bennett: Melanie Zarins


Based in Madrid this firm is one of the leading design companies specializing in the construction of large infrastructures for scientific purpose and they are well known for their unconventional touch such as the San Mames Stadium. Company has a solid 40 million revenue.

58 subsidized flats Torresolo
58 subsidized flats Torresolo. Image by: Aitor Ortiz
Jesus Maria Susperregui-director general arquitectura

Director: Jesús María Susperregui


In the heart of everything the company does is the philosophy that architecture and design should be simple, elegant and timeless. The firm is having offices in Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. At the same time, they are working on extending their worldwide architectural and design services to the US and Europe by 2020.

The XXXIX by Sansiri
The XXXIX by Sansiri. Image by: Hip Flat
Brenton Mauriello

Executive Chairman: Brenton Mauriello

67.LINK Arkitektur

The firm is one of the leading architectural companies in Scandinavia when it comes to turnover and number of employees. With a total of a bit over 470 workers located in 16 cities across Scandinavia LINK, architecture executes projects related to urban planning, design, architecture, interior, etc. Company is based in Norway and has been nominated for the RENOVER award 2019.

Skåne University Hospital
Skåne University Hospital

CEO at LINK arkitektur Danmark: Kirsten Anker Sørensen

66.CF Møller Architects

The firm is one of the leading architectural companies in Scandinavia when it comes to turnover and number of employees. With a total of a bit over 470 workers located in 16 cities across Scandinavia LINK, architecture executes projects related to urban planning, design, architecture, interior, etc. Company is based in Norway and has been nominated for the RENOVER award 2019.

The Maersk Tower
The Maersk Tower in Copenhagen. Image by: Adam Moerk

Architect and Partner at C.F.Møller Architects: Mads Mandrup


PBK has successfully planned and designed facilities for many international organizations and industry-leading companies. Their main focus is primarily on education, health & wellness. The company employs more than 500 design professionals over 15 offices located in Australia, the US, and China.

Alief Center for Advanced Careers.

Partner, K-12 Education at PBK: Alexandra Parslow

64.Leigh & Orange

Founded in Hong Kong in 1874, Leigh & Orange (L&O) has continued to thrive as a significant force in the markets it serves for nearly a  century and a half. The company strives towards an innovative design approach, with the latest intelligent building ideas and advanced thinking in sustainability, energy conservation. The creation of architecture with a minimal environmental footprint has been part of their focus points.

Hong Kong Science Park
Hong Kong Science Park. Image by: UK Unconscored
Ivy Lee

Managing Director at Leigh & Orange Ltd: Ivy Lee

63.Dewan Architects & Engineers

Dewan Architects and Engineers has been at the top position of the Middle  East’s rapidly growing architectural and engineering fields for nearly three decades. Companies current Chairman and original founder as well as Managing Director,  Mohamed Al Assam, established the inaugural Dewan office in Abu Dhabi in 1984. Just 4 years in industry firm successfully completed their first towering commercial project, Baniyas Tower, in 1988.

Baniyas Tower in Abu Dhabi. Image by: EHAF
Haider Al Assam

Director Of Operations at Dewan Architects & Engineers: Haider Al Assam

62. Chapman Taylor

With knowledge in every considerable industry sector, the London placed company specializes in, Retail, Leisure, Residential, Hospitality and Office design with over 2000 projects, 90 countries and more than 250 awards on their portfolio.

Mui Dinh Ecopark Location City: Mui Dinh, Vietnam
Mui Dinh Ecopark. Located in: Mui Dinh, Vietnam
Jon Hale

Director at Chapman Taylor: Jon Hale

61. Kunwon Architects & Engineers

Since its establishment, Kunwon has always been fully dedicated to generating inventive designs for the Korean market within residential and urban environments. Children have been Kunwon’s main focus in its urban design projects, ensuring that the proposed environments are optimal for them.

Pangyo Techno Valley Startup Campus
Pangyo Techno Valley Startup Campus
Brad Shim

Executive manager at Kunwon Architects & Engineers: Brad Shim

60. Arup Associates and Arup

Arup plays a central role in the design and development of many of the world’s favorite cultural institutions.  Some of their notable work has been realizing the Sydney Opera House, the Centre Pompidou to our more recent work like the San Francisco MOMA or the Pinewood film studios extension.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge architecture firms greatest project
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
Derya Doğan

Associate Director at ARUP: Derya Doğan

59.Valode & Pistre

Their projects efforts are trying to find the perfect voice of carrying symbolism and poetry, which exceeds the simple requirement of logic and program. The French firm works mainly in the national context but their buildings can be found throughout Europe such as the Da Gennin Tower in Russia.


Architect Director at Valode & Pistre: Geraldine Maurice

58. Broadway Malyan

With the main focus on interior design and projects of residential buildings in the UK such as hospitals and university campuses, they are also well known across borders as the US for the construction of large infrastructures such as the Miami Cruise Terminal.

Miami Cruise Terminal

Miami Cruise Terminal. Image by: Miami Curbed
Ian Ellis

Director of Architecture at Broadway Malyan: Ian Ellis

57.Wilson Associates

The firm is specialized in interior design for luxury resorts and public buildings throughout the US. With 10 offices in 3 continents company brings in a solid revenue of 54 million USD. The Sky lobby in Hong Kong remains one of their most notable projects.

Conrad Koh Samui
Conrad Koh Samui Resort. Image by: Daily Addict

Chief Executive Officer at Wilson Associates: Beth Campbell

56. Wong Tung & Partners

The practice started in Hong Kong in 1963. The Wong Tung Group of Companies has successfully established an approved track record when we are talking about master-planning and architectural services for vast size orders in Hong Kong, Macau, and across the Pacific Rim Region.

The Wings Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
The Wings Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong. Image by: Prop Go Luxury
Fred Ng
Wong Tung

Associate Director at Wong Tung & Partners Ltd.: Fred Ng

55.CP Kukreja

The firm was established first in 1969 with a clear vision to rethink architecture and planning in India, CP Kukreja Architects (CPKA) is currently one of the leading architectural companies of the country. The firm has been mentioned in one of the world’s most influential architectural journals: World Architecture,  to be part of the top 100 architectural firms in the world.

Parsvnath Planet, Lucknow
Parsvnath Planet, Lucknow
Najid Rehman

HVAC Design Engineer at CP Kukreja Architects: Najid Rehman

54.Gansam Architects & Partners

Based in Seoul, Gansam Architects have a rich portfolio of projects and awards for prestigious buildings and stunning urban planning. They also have constructed large infrastructures overseas such as the Presidential Palace, Baiterek Tower, Khan Shatyr.

Astana Finance Tower Phase1 in Kazakhstan
Astana Finance Tower Phase1 in Kazakhstan: Image by: Azer News
Muchan Park

Senior Designer at GANSAM Architects & Partners: Muchan Park

53. B+H Architects

B+H is a global, award-winning consulting + design solutions firm founded on a 65-year legacy of creating bold and inspiring spaces for people. B+H provides core architecture, planning, landscape, interior design, and Advance Strategy services with a team of more than 450 staff collaborating across nine studios in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Seattle, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore & Ho Chi Minh City.

The new SickKids Patient Support Centre (Toronto, Canada). Designed by B+H. Image by B+H.
The new SickKids Patient Support Centre (Toronto, Canada). Designed by B+H. Image by B+H.
Jennifer Futol

Chief Marketing Officer, Principal at B+H Architects: Jennifer Futol

52.Cox Architecture

The Australian firm located in New South Wales has created large buildings and infrastructure projects. They do not have a particular design style but rather want to be connected to context, public engagement, and environmental performance.

Karen Rolton Oval at Narnungga Park 25 - Adelaide, Australia
Karen Rolton Oval at Narnungga Park. Image by: Chris Sale Consulting
Moreno Sartorello

CIO at COX Architecture: Moreno Sartorello

51. ZGF Architects

The company with more than 60 years of experience in healthcare design. Recently Interior design magazine ranked ZGF  No. 1 as Most Admired Healthcare Design Firms among Top 40 healthcare companies in the world.  In total Company has received over 1000 awards and consist of 600 active professionals located in offices across the US. 

University of Colorado Denver, College of Engineering
University of Colorado Denver, College of Engineering
Ted Hyman

Managing Partner at ZGF Architects LLP: Ted Hyman

50. Benoy

Benoy Architects are based in  Newark-on-Trent, UK and focus on international projects in master planning and interior design. Some of their notable buildings can be seen in China, Bahrain, Colombia, and Indonesia.

Ajdan Walk Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Ajdan Walk Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia: Image by: Arabian business
Priscilla Lin

Associate Director at Benoy: Priscilla Lin


Company primary focuses on educational institutions. The firm believes that proper facilities play a high role in the overall success of a student! Their work includes architecture, engendering, structural planning, and furniture design. Huckabee with 6 offices located in different US cities brings total revenue of 65 million USD. 

Mathena Hall
Mathena Hall
Blaik Ritchie

Principal at Huckabee: Blaik Ritchie

48. HENN

This German architecture firm with over highly skilled 350 employees holds 70 years of experience. With offices located in Germany and China, their main architectural focus is towards cultural, health, educational facilities as well as production and master planning. The company works with office buildings and are highly involved in workspace design. Recently finishing Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt, Germany and Zalando Headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

Taiyuan Tower
Taiyuan Tower
Martin Henn

Managing Partner and Head of Design at HENN: Martin Henn

47. AXS Satow

The Japanese architectural firm quotes their philosophy as  “Originally, architecture is for all people. Their logo stands for Architecture, Art, Science, and Satow and still, nowadays these are the values firm strongly follows. With current innovations company also has a strong background in renewal projects such as the TORNARE Nihonbashi Hama-cho.

Tokyo Big Sight
Tokyo Big Sight. Image by: Archi Travel
Kazuyuki T

Architect at AXS Satow: Kazuyuki T

46. Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering

Founded in 1927 with 366 employees and have offices throughout Japan with headquarters in Tokyo. Company values sustainable projects and energy efficiency. The firm has extensive experience in designing public facilities, government offices, office buildings, educational facilities, medical institutions, hotels, resorts, and urban development areas.

Yaesu Central Park  BLDG.
Yaesu Central Park

Architect at Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering: Hiromi Horie

45.ATP Architects & Engineers

ATP architects engineers are the company who employs more than  800 employees, and they are well-known integrated design offices in Europe. Multidisciplinary teams located in ten different European cities develop integrated solutions for complicated construction projects where they have been working on sustainability principles for over 60 years, headquartered in Innsbruck, Austria.

Technologiezentrum Seestadt, Vienna, AT
Technologiezentrum Seestadt, Vienna, AT. Image by: Openhouse Wien
Paul Ohnmacht

Head of Design at ATP Architects & Engineers: Paul Ohnmacht

44. DP Architects

Based in Singapore, DP Architects are leading several projects in Indonesia, China and Dubai. They are specialized in consultancy, visual planning, and lighting. Founded in 1967, the firm currently employs over 1200 specialists in 16 offices all over the world.

 The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall
Angelene Chan

CEO at DP Architects: Angelene Chan

43. Sweco

With nearly 15,000 experts planning and designing cities and communities we live in, Sweco is shaping a sustainable future. The Stockholm firm is the founder of Urban Insight, a concept revolving around sustainability and optimizing electrical consumption.

Kuwait Towers
Kuwait Towers. Image by: Scott Underwood
Dariush Rezai

CEO at Sweco: Dariush Rezai

42. GMP Architects

Located in Hamburg, Germany, this firm has constructed large buildings in Europe and is now developing several projects in China. With their last project in Shanghai, the firm constructed a shop facade for the shopping center. An impressive curtain of 800 porcelain tubes was made in the traditional Chinese way.

 flagship store of the ICICLE fashion Shanghai
ICICLE fashion Shanghai. Image by: Design Diffusion
Sander Troost

Associate Director at GMP Architects: Sander Troost


Tengbom has been mentioned as part of the world’s topmost innovative architectural firms, and it’s among the oldest architectural practices. With a rich and multifaceted history, their mission is to keep our eyes on the future. With 600 employees in locations across Sweden and Finland, their projects are widespread across northern Europe.

linnaeus university - Sweden
Linnaeus University – Sweden
Johanna Frelin

CEO at Tengbom Architects: Johanna Frelin

40. Archial NORR

NORR has been established since 1938.  With continuous innovation and growth, the company currently employs over 750 specialists. The Ontario based Canadian design firm has a wide portfolio of projects overseas like the Al Tijaria Tower, Kuwait City, and UK spaceport.

Orchard view
Orchard view. Image by: Hub West Scotland
Peter Dubin

Vice President at NORR: Peter Dubin

39.White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter was established back in 1951, in Swedish town: Göteborg by Sidney White. The company holds the main purpose to improve society through the architecture they make. Founders legacy still strongly lives the company’s goal of contributing to a more sustainable world. Nowadays the firm is owned by its 616 people personnel, 122 of whom are partners. 

Varberg observation tower
Varberg observation tower
Alexandra Hagen

Architect, Partner, VD/CEO at White Arkitekter: Alexandra Hagen

38.HMC Architects

The companies focus is driven towards healthcare, education and civic industries architecture. With a sustainable approach to design firm creates high-performance architecture and design solutions that improve lives for people on a daily basis. Company ahs have been established in 1940 and currently employs over 500 specialists, With a solid revenue of 85 million USD.

Frontier Project. Located in Rancho Cucamonga
Frontier Project. Located in Rancho Cucamonga. Image by: Ryan Beck Photography
Dan Benner

Principal at HMC Architects: Dan Benner

37. Page Southerland Page

Located in Washington DC, the US firm’s main focus is on healthcare and have constructed numerous facilities throughout the US such as hospitals, academic facilities and also in housing and hospitality.

70 Rainey
70 Rainey
Stephen Bell

Associate Principal/Senior Project Manager at Page Southerland Page, Inc.: Stephen Bell

36.Rober A.M. Stern Architects

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, is a 265-person firm that consists of architects, interior designers, and supporting staff. In companies 49-year history, it has established an international reputation as one of the leading design firms with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work.

The Alexander - Philadelphia
The Alexander – Philadelphia
Alexander Lamis

Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects: Alexander Lamis

35. FLAD architects

Company has over 350 employees located in 9 offices. With a strong focus on architecture and planning firm aims to be creating environments that enhance human potential.  The firm develops various building projects within health, science, technological and educational spheres and holds95 million USD in revenue. 

BioMed Realty
BioMed Realty, San Francisco. Image by: Gateway of Pacific
Sarah Péreira

Director of Project Development at Flad Architects: Sarah Péreira


This Manchester-based company performs various projects ranging from light structures to complete urban infrastructure projects. Worth to mention that for the project: Ordsall Chord in Manchester, firm has won a RIBA National Award. BDP employs over 1000 specialists and recently has teamed up with Japan’s leading engineering firm:  Nippon Koei.

Ordsall Chord in Manchester. Image by: Infrastructure intelligence
Wayne Head

Director at BDP: Wayne Head

33. Atkins

The firm is based in the UK and they are working closely with a wide range of clients from different sectors and regions. Their projects range across the public, private sector, and for local and national governments. The company holds a solid 105 million USD in revenue.

Five Jumeirah Village
Five Jumeirah Village
Matt Quick

Associate at Atkins: Matt Quick

32. KEO International

KEO is Globally ranked firm, with multiple offices spanning over seven countries Today they have a team of professionals from over 60 nations and has experience from every major market of the globe. Based in Kuwait city their work is rather international.

48 Burj Gate
48 Burj Gate. Image by: New office Asia
Andrey Danchev

Director of Structural Engineering at KEO International Consultants: Andrey Danchev

31. SmithGroup JJR

Located in Detroit, Michigan companies experience ranges from urban design to large infrastructure projects. Their most notable work so far is Wanxiang Innova City, located in Hangzhou, China. It is envisioned as the world’s most advanced Smart City. The framework for this vision identifies Area 1 as a new manufacturing campus of roughly 4.4M square feet that will be the catalyst for future development. 

Wanxiang Innova City,
Wanxiang Innovation City. Image by: IB times
patrick doher

Senior Vice President/Civil Engineer at SmithGroup: Patrick Doher

30.Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The company executes projects in any sizes. Their experiences range from cultural, civic, offices, residential to infrastructural projects and skyscrapers. With clients from Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East, the company employs over 1000 skilled professionals.

Robinson Tower
Robinson Tower
Peter A. Gross,

Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates: Peter A. Gross


Located in Adelaide the Australian company’s focus on urban planning and infrastructure, their international design practice is performed in studios located in China, Great Britain, USA, Australia, and Southeast Asia

60 Martin place
60 Martin Place. Image by: Investa
Gerard Corcoran

Chief Executive at HASSELL: Gerard Corcoran

28. Kume Sekkei

Company founded in 1932, currently employs over 550 specialists in multiple offices located in Vietnam, China, and Japan. Firms Projects are ranging between architectural design, technical, electrical and mechanical engineering, renovation and urban planning.  The company holds 125 million USD in revenue.

Soka Gakkai Headquarters Annex 2
Soka Gakkai Headquarters
Fumiyasu Okazaki

Architect at Kume Sekkei: Fumiyasu Okazaki

27.Cannon Design

The company offers a wide spectrum of services related to architecture, consulting, planning and development. With multiple offices in US company has established strong ground in the industry and received multiple recognized awards. The firm employs over 1100 active specialists and generates revenue of 130 million USD. ploys over 1100 active specialists and generates revenue of 130 million USD.

CJ Blossom Park, South Korea
CJ Blossom Park, South Korea
Brad Lukanic

Chief Executive Officer at CannonDesign: Brad Lukanic

26.DLR Group

The company promises to elevate human experiences through its design approach and solutions. With more than 1000 design professions actively working in the firm, they can be proud of works such as Baoshan Long Beach Winder Tower,  AmericanAirlines Arena NRG Solar Canopy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2.0 Renovations.

Baoshan Long Beach Winder Tower
Baoshan Long Beach Winder Tower
Griff Davenport

Managing Principal and CEO at DLR Group: Griff Davenport

25. P&T Architects

Company is the largest international architectural firm in the Southeast Asia region. Currently, the firm employs over 1600 architects, engineers, and planners.  Founded in 1868 it has a long history behind, multiple award-winning projects and total revenue of 135 million USD.

Life Asoke Hype
Life Asoke Hype
Edgar Eduard Cozzio

Director at P&T Architects: Edgar Eduard Cozzio

24. Woods Bagot

With the philosophy of putting human experience as a central element in the design, this company serves international clientele with future-oriented projects. The firm employs 850 experts located in 15 studios across  Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

NEO Limassol
NEO Limassol
Peter White

CFO at Woods Bagot: Peter White

23. Leo A Daly

The architectural company with 100 years of history and experience in their portfolio. Recognized by international audiences, firm diverse portfolio represents high-level projects in more than 91 countries and all US states. Currently, the company hosts over 700 employees.  

Ding Feng International Plaza
Ding Feng International Plaza
Cheri Pavlik

Vice President at LEO A DALY: Cheri Pavlik


This large scale company has been first established in 1928. With its operations expanding across five continents Asia, Australia, Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific region. The firm has more than 10 000 people working in over 200 offices. The company manages to bring 145 million USD in turnover. 

Barwon Water Head Office
Barwon Water Head Office. Image by: Geelong Advertiser
Michael Ulph

Technical Director – Communications & Stakeholder at GHD: Michael Ulph

21.Perkins Eastman

The company was started in New York City back in 1981. With a total of 17 offices, the firm employs over 1000 specialists within architecture, design, engineering, and technology. Perkins Eastman manages to bring in a solid revenue of  150 million USD. Sun city Ginza

Sun city Ginza
Sun city Ginza
Candace Carroll

Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director at Perkins Eastman: Candace Carroll

20. HKS

HKS is a well established international design and architectural company with the belief that great design begins at the local level. The firm with its headquarters in Dallas, Texas manages over 1400 architects, designers, scientists, artists, engineers, and more.

Royal Arena Copenhagn
Royal Arena Copenhagen. Image by: Real Dania
Alex Thomas

Vice President at HKS Architects: Alex Thomas

19. IBI group

Canadian based company that focuses on delivering human-centered design solutions for urban infrastructure, community buildings. With a total of 62 offices in 60 different cities, the firm employs over 2600 skilled professionals. The company executes projects in the fields of public housing, mobility, healthcare, educational as well as performs overall architectural and engineering solutions.

M3 Condos
M3 Condos. Image by: Square one life
Scott Stewart

CEO at IBI Group: Scott Stewart

18. Heerim Architects & Planners

Company has been founded in 1970, currently, the firm is the leading architectural practice of South Korea, at the same time continuously expanding its market reach in international and domestic fields.  With 1200 active employees out of which 550 is certified architects, Herrim is able to provide creative thinking, great technical knowledge, and high standard design solutions.

Long Thanh International Airport Passenger Terminal 1
Long Thanh International Airport Passenger Terminal 1
Rashid Husseynov

HSE Manager at Heerim Architects & Planners: Rashid Husseynov


The company was founded in 1943, and since then has continuously innovated. With multiple successful projects across architecture, engineering, planning, and design. NBBJ has recently been awarded the most innovative architecture Firm 2018 by Fast company. With over  700 employees company generates 175 million USD in revenue.

Amazon in the Regrade
Amazon in the Regrade. Image by: Intelligent glass solutions.
Laurie Nix

Executive Assistant at NBBJ: Laurie Nix

16.Nihon Sekkei

The company opened its doors back in 1967, since then it has grown and currently engages in international and local projects related to architecture, urban development, design, civil engineering, and structural engineering.  With over 950 employees located in offices across Asia, the firm is able to generate 180 million USD in revenue.

Toranomon Hills
Toranomon Hills. Image by: Japan Magazine
Phuc Nguyen

Director at Nihon Sekkei Vietnam Inc.: Phuc Nguyen

15. Aedas

As an award-winning company, it employs 1400 Creative minds and professionals together to make company Aedas. With the aim to deliver tailored design solutions for each client, the company works with an international clientele. Their 12 offices are located all around the world. The firm is proud of 41 featured projects, as Alacarte Ha Long Bay Condotel, The Beacon, and Unilever Headquarters.

Lè Architecture
Lè Architecture
Maxwell Connop

Board Member of Aedas : Maxwell Connop

14. Skidmore Owings & Merrill

Company has successfully completed over 10000 projects covering more than 50 different cities. Projects ranging from research facilities, educational institutions, skyscrapers to urban districts has allowed the company to achieve over 1000 recognized awards and to be twice winning Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Busan Lotte Town Tower
Busan Lotte Town Tower
Rami Abou-Khalil

Associate at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM): Rami Abou-Khalil


Company has expanded its operations on a global scale and it has been recognized by Fortune magazine as the World’s Most Admired Company, Engineering, Construction category. Strongly the following innovation and offering futuristic solutions, the company currently employs over 80000 people and generates revenue of 205 million USD.

Jacobs and NASA can fabricate habitable outposts
Jacobs and NASA can fabricate habitable outposts
Matt Chiller

Vice President, Federal Government Relations at Jacobs: Matt Chiller

12. Foster & Partners

The company that has recently won  AJ100 International Practice of the Year award, continuously keeps innovating and places suitability in center of everything they design. Since Norman Foster first opened the company in 1967, it has grown over 1600 employees in 13 offices across all continents.

Row New York
Row New York Boat House

Associate at Foster + Partners: Alessandra Di Battista

11. RTKL Associates

Company has been named as the number one retail design firm for the 3d year in the row by Visual Merchandising + Store Design’s annual top. With luxury clients from Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom, Hudson’s Bay Company, Target and Nike, firm coordinates its operations from 20 worldwide located offices.  Over 2500 employees bring in 210 million USD large revenue.

Chadstone Shopping Centre
Chadstone Shopping Centre. Image by: Electro Light
Dana (Trott) Brandle

Associate Vice President at CallisonRTKL: Dana (Trott) Brandle

10. Stantec

This Canadian top design and delivery firm, has over 400 offices in local communities, employing more than 22000 specialists, all across the world. With a high focus on architecture, design and sustainability firm have received multiple awards, recognitions and honorable mentions.

Evolv1. Image by: Cora Group
Gord Johnston

President and CEO at Stantec: Gord Johnston

9. Perkins & Will

Company founded in 1935 has successfully adapted to changes in the world over time and continuously brings well-designed solutions for community-driven projects. The firm consists of over 2500 employees and has revenue of 220 million USD.

Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark
Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark. Image by: Adam Mørk
Philip Harrison

CEO at Perkins+Will: Philip Harrison

8.Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei

This Japanese architectural company has over 125 years of history in the industry, it is bringing high-quality services that range from urban and project planning to architectural/interior design, and consulting.

Taipei Nanshan Plaza
Taipei Nanshan Plaza


HOK is a global, award-winning design, architecture, and engineering company. With more than 1700 employees collectively collaborating across 24 offices spread out on three continents, the firm generates 250 million USD in revenue.

LG Science Park
LG Science Park
Thomas Robson

Chief Operating Officer at HOK: Thomas Robson

6.Samoo Architects & Engineers

The company has been founded in 1976, and since then has completed more than 8000 projects. With over than 100 award-winning projects designs, the firm employs over 100 registered architects and a total of 650 employees.

Ice hockey Olympic Stadiums of Pyeongchang 2018
Ice hockey Olympic Stadiums of Pyeongchang 2018
Sangjoon Simon Kim

Associate Principal – SAMOO Architects & Engineers: Sangjoon Simon Kim

5. HDR Architecture

Ranked as No.1 – Architectural Firm in Healthcare Design, No.1 – Central & Eastern Europe in Building Design by World Architecture 100 Survey, with multiple other rankings and world-class awards. The firm provides a wide range of solutions in architecture, engineering, planning, environmental sciences, research and more, for the health, defense, civic and transportation industries.

RockRidge Canyon Clubhouse
RockRidge Canyon Clubhouse
David Yentzer

Vice President at HDR: David Yentzer


This California based architectural company represents modern design and sustainability. With over 10000 unique projects in more than 2500 cities all across the world, the firm earns a solid revenue of 400 million USD. Named as No. 6 most admired companies in the world by Fortune  Magazine, it operates from 48 cities all over the world.

Santa Clara, California
NVIDIA in Santa Clara, California
Linda Fones

Executive Assistant to Co-CEO at Gensler: Linda Fones

3.Nikken Sekkei

With impressive 25000 completed projects in companies more than 120 years long history, it can definitely call themselves as industry professionals.  The firm currently employs over 2800 specialists in design, architecture, planning, engineering, and science.

Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown. Image by: Go Tokyo
Masafumi Tanaka

Chief Civil Engineer of Urban Planning Dep. at Nikken Sekkei: Masafumi Tanaka

2. Aecom

The company strives to develop and implement new solutions to the complex challenges the world is facing. With multiple notable achievements, the company has been ranked as the No. 1 Transportation and General Building in Engineering News-Record’s 2019 “Top 500 Design Firms” and 5 years in a row, announced as one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” Companies total revenue comes to 500 million USD.

The Pacifica Apartments
The Pacifica Apartments
Michael S. Burke

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at AECOM: Michael S. Burke

1.RSP Architects

With its headquarters based in Singapore, this award-winning architectural company has over 60 years of experience in the industry!  The firm can be proud of multiple intentionally recognized projects as St Regis, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Oberoi, Gurgaon, India, and the Nakheel Mall, United Arab Emirates. Company has recently received recognition on its achievements in sustainability and innovation for their projects in 2018. Total revenue goes over 640million USD.

Jewel Changi Airport
Jewel Changi Airport
Devaganga Mahajan

Associate Director at RSP Architects Planners & Engineers: Devaganga Mahajan

Did we miss anyone? Comment here if we missed a great architecture and they deserve mention in our list!

It is well known that the environment shapes the personality of a human being.  

Then moving on, is the school, where students begin to learn and to engage with their environment and the people around them.

The first introduction to society is within the family, as it is the first social environment.

The design of classrooms is leaving the traditional, teacher-focused classroom behind and heading towards an open, flexible layout with furniture that supports technology-enhanced learning and student group projects.

The ideas that follow, support a sustainable perspective, as necessary and vital to respect the environment and to preserve it.

1) Integration of Technological Equipment within the Lessons .

Technology nowadays is playing a splendid role in everyone’s life. It is embedded in society and schools are using it to help their students with their studies, research and speeding up the learning process.

The 21st century classrooms are  designed with two key concepts; fast access to technology and a student-centred architecture.

In order to get the full benefits given by technology, classrooms have started to be equipped with an LCD projector, a document camera, an additional

wireless router and a high-tech whiteboard.  

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image from Istituto comprensivo Porcu Satta Cagliari

Almost all the schools around the world are embracing the idea of IT integration within the school’s environment.

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Infographic from hooked on innovations

Nowadays, on average, 60% of schools provide the tools for students to study, some even allow them to use their own devices. Students become more active and responsible  in their own learning process.

Technology in schools can bring many advantages, but also disadvantages.

Technology can help the students connect with each other in a variety of situations, for example, messaging platforms can be used by individuals within a group project, especially when not in the same location. Technology platforms can become a way to stay informed and ensure everyone feels able to participate equally in school activities

Through technological tools, students can broaden their knowledge, gain differing insights and be more involved and engaged in debates.

When talking about IT integration, it helps to bring fun while studying! Animated games with popular characters can explain everything from the solar system to the texts of Aristotle.

The disadvantages are many, including someone who struggles with… distraction.

This is harmful, but perhaps not as serious as a more evident trend, the temptation for students to use their devices to cheat during exams. This problem has been overcome by the introduction of thorough controls, digital citizenship contracts and IT specific training for teachers.

2)   Decentralizing the Classroom.

Students should feel confident and comfortable in class.

Creating a student- focused environment is one of the main priorities for learning institutions.

A change that is relevant is that the teacher’s desk has been replaced by a podium that can be moved around the room.

The decentralization of a classroom has a focused goal, to create a polycentric layout in order to capture and maintain the attention of all students.

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Unlike the traditional methods of education, where the student had to follow the teacher, today students are becoming more responsible for their own learning and the teachers are seen as guides, to help facilitate when it is needed.

3). Flexible Desk Furniture.

Flexible classroom furniture transforms the way students learn.

Rearranging a learning space several times during the course of the day draws students’ attention and allows for a variety of tasks.

They’re going to be better able to absorb and process information based on a higher level of engagement with the work they’re doing.

These environments encourage innovation and will help the students to actively develop their interests by learning in different ways.

Most jobs in the modern world require some degree of collaboration and so the ability to work cooperatively to achieve a goal or complete a task is important for everyone.

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North Arkansas High School.

Environmental and economical benefits include saving raw materials and money.

This is because schools can use the same flexible classroom furniture in many ways, rather than having to purchase new items for specific purposes. In this way, sustainability is achieved and maintained across the school.

North Arkansas High School is a typical example of using flexible desk furniture.

It has been revolutionary and other schools have followed in their footsteps to great success.

4) Collaborative and Sustainable Workspaces.

No matter the level of studies, student group projects are an important component of today’s learning programs. Through the use of multi-functional tables, it is easy to arrange the environment to suit the task.

Supervision is necessary, in order to see if the set activities are bringing the expected results.  But, teachers are changing the way they deliver information and also the purpose of the classroom itself.

The approach towards studying is more collaborative, teachers are experimenting different ways of teaching, such as discussion through the debates, learning by listening, learning by doing.

The contemporary classroom is closer to the Socratic idea of innovation and it has brought great results

Austin University, Texas

The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) at The University of Austin in Texas evaluated innovative solutions based on collaborative working spaces that are able to reinforce the co-working of students; it is important to outline that in Community College just half of the students move to 2nd year.

Many of the students leave due to problems related to the active and collaborative learning that occurs with others, improve this, improve graduation rates.

5) Sustainable movable room dividers.

Safety and flexibility are pillars for the classrooms of the future.

Architects think that classrooms are best with stable, movable room dividers that can help to organize an educational space in new ways.

Incorporating erasable chalkboard or whiteboard surfaces onto the partitioning systems enables students to depict a graphic vision of the group work and is helpful when discussing and exchanging opinions with each other.

This would also help the students in achieving a better group work experience .

An advantage can also be that these can create temporary classrooms, because they are easy to assemble and to carry.

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Room divider, Accordion Portable

This is an example of a room divider, it is very functional as students can use it during the curricular courses and also in group work. It saves space and it reduces noise.

6) Comfortable Chairs.

Reading at a desk can be uncomfortable for long periods of time. Why have the offices of the future placed an emphasis on comfort?

Many classrooms now offer comfortable chairs that allow students to study for longer hours.

This should be seen as an opportunity to improve in the design of chairs and to take into consideration better ideas to achieve a better experience.

noodle chairs

Comfortable chairs help the user avoid physical and health problems in the near future. Once it is possible to avoid these problems, less adults will have to face them in the future.

7) Presentation Areas.

Teachers need to be able to provide formative assessment. In order to help students improve their educational outcomes, instructors need feedback loops.

Presentation areas are spaces where the students can talk about the presentation within their groups and improve overall performances both as an individual and as a group.

Reimaging an environment that is comfortable for both teachers and students includes providing an area with a space for the laptops, ergonomic chairs, and large tables to be occupied by the teachers.

These appropriately equipped spaces allow for organised learning demonstrations which encourages relaxation and confidence in students.

A good example of presentation areas is given by the library at Pershing County High School.

Pershing County High School , Nevada.

8) Quiet Areas.

As the rooms in a school are mainly open spaces with many people, it can be hard to concentrate on tasks such as reading. Quiet areas in a learning environment are necessary for both students and teachers.

A quiet area can be used by students that prefer to work alone ,(not all students’ personalitiesare the same) or if they are looking for a place to write and to concentrate.


A school in New York ,the Queen North Primary School decided to create the break areas,quiet corners to self regulation and social emotional learning .

9. Learning Zones.

Computer-based learning can allow students to focus on those areas where they are having difficulty.

These can be located within classrooms in special learning zones or in dedicated computer labs.

The learning zone should provide students with spaces where they can talk and share different points of view and also enjoy the time spent together.

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10) Makerspaces.

While many student projects can be accomplished by moving desks together or gathering in collaborative workspaces, more projects require the use of specialized tools.

According to the national Speak Up survey from Project Tomorrow, 31% of schools already have a makerspace and 23% of other schools are considering creating one.

Makerspaces are valuable because students get their first experience of the practical aspects of projects and they can gain confidence in their skills and competences.

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11) Natural Lighting.

Improvements are vital when dealing with classrooms and learning spaces.

According to the American Department of Education, classrooms with better lightning had a 26% better learning rate in maths and a 20% better learning rate in reading.  

This research-based study shows, no matter the age of the student, they learn better in spaces with ample natural light.

Large windows through the classrooms are necessary and with the natural lighting, students will benefit. The lighting in a classroom will affect the retention of the material being taught.

Students will improve and achieve a better experience while learning.

Southlands High School in Chorley, Lancashire

At the Southlands High School in Chorley, Lancashire, UK the new Art Room_2 was designed to emphasize the impact of natural light to maximize positive effects.

In fact, the effective classroom lighting should use as much as possible of any natural light available, this could be further integrated with artificial light when necessary.

The studies confirm that the natural light provides physical and physiological advantage for students, teachers and administrators.

In addition, the natural light is useful for the health, concentration and even test scores of students; a  study by the Heschong Mahone Group estimated that students receiving high levels of natural light score up to 18% better than students receiving minimal quantities natural light.

12) Bright Colours.

In the era of challenges and technology, architectural design teams focus heavily on the colours of the classrooms.

The “vibe” of some classrooms can give the space a feeling that elicits a desire to create, versus others which encourage teamwork. T

Melbourne St. Mary Primary School

In St.Mary of the Cross in Melbourne, the new library has been designed with bright colors and common spaces that reinforce the creative attitude of the kids.

The area has common space for teachers and students and it is reflective of the sun’s bright colours.

Indeed, the creation of a large modern learning environment able to accommodate over 250 students represented a challenge in terms of creating appropriately scaled spaces, cost effectiveness and efficient construction.

In this case, the structure of the library emulated the concept of “Bee Hives” ,that create an opportunity for the staff to teach in and around the beehive as well as to send students to work in groups and or individually. (from St. Mary Primary School)

13) Reading Areas.

Reading is essential for every student’s life. Through reading, students are able to gain knowledge from the textbooks and it can be beneficial for building their future.  

They not only widen their knowledge by reading, they start experiencing and get a better perspective on the variety of topics presented in the curriculum.

One of the easiest concepts to execute is creating an area just for reading.

Students should feel warm and invited to spend time in a space meant for quiet reflection on a book they’re immersed in.

However, the school departments should also allow for students to engage with teachers when something isn’t properly understood without the disruption of an entire classroom by doing so.

University of Helsinki

The reading area in Helsinki University provides a very innovative solution, including high visibility and common sharable spaces.

The area is based on clear, flexible floor levels, subdivided into functional zones and each space is encircled by walkways and by the information zone. (from Helsinki University site)

The work zone is soundproof and it guarantees quiet reading and teamwork rooms. (Ibid)

14) Playing area/common space.

Learning doesn’t happen by just studying books, exchanging opinions and ideas with the people next to each other, which is actually an imperative.

These activities are helpful in achieving an effective learning approach, but it can be possible to play while learning too!

It could be a game based on a learning approach, a game that stimulates certain areas of the brain like chess or Sudoku and students can also focus on activities like drawing and painting.  

Once they change activity from studying to a softer and more intuitive activity, they can replenish their energy and give more effort, and this would be reflected in the performance at school.

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Emerson’s Playing Zone School.

Emerson’s High school is an example of how playing areas are combined with other study environments.

15) Corridors used as Informal Learning Places

Every area in a learning environment is used to better achieve the goal of improving student performances, outcomes and reaching a better experience in the working space.

Corridors have been used as an informal learning environment as many students spend some of their time there, talking with their classmates and with their teachers.

Xavier University, Cincinnati

Xavier University in Cincinnati provides a very good example of an Informal Learning Environment; indeed, due to the nature of the education, it  suggests to investigate new ideas to further develop opportunities always.

There are many ways that classrooms around the world can be improved to maximise the study experience for both students and teachers.

Investing into educational design means investing in the future.

We are sure to continue to see more improvements and innovations that can shape the environment for the better.

Maybe the next big thing will come out of one of the Architecture Competitions left this year?

How has academic design changed since you’ve been in a classroom?

Let us know in the comments below what you feel has been missing during school times!

Speaking about the best architecture, design and buildings, we essentially refer to the minds behind all of this. We’ve gathered a list of the most amazing contemporary architects and their work in order to inspire you and inform you about the most fascinating constructions out there.

1.Daniel LibeskindThe Jewish Museum

Daniel Libeskind was born in 1946 in Poland. The Jewish Museum in Berlin was Libeskind’s first major international success. Some other notable works include the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin and the Imperial War Museum North in England.

Jewish museum in Berlin by  Daniel Libeskind
The Jewish museum in Berlin. By Turbopass

2. Richard MeierBarcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Richard Meier, born in October 12, 1934 is an American abstract artist and architect, whose geometric designs make prominent use of the color white. A winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1984, Meier has designed several iconic buildings including the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. Local media referred to the museum as “the pearl” among the old architecture of Barcelona.

Richard Meier - Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary art. By Inexhibit

3. Norman Foster30 St Mary Axe

Norman Foster, born in June 1, 1935 is a British architect whose company, Foster + Partners, maintains an international design practice famous for high-tech architecture. He is one of Britain’s most prolific architects of his generation. When you are travelling to London, one of the first buildings to strike your eye will be the 30 St Mary Axe. The building is a commercial skyscraper in London’s primary financial district.

30 st. Mary Axe in London.
30 st. Mary Axe in London. Image by: Architectours

4. Renzo PianoThe Shard

Renzo Piano, born in September 14, 1937 is an Italian contemporary, abstract and functional architect. One of his most notable projects is “The Shard”, which is the tallest building in United Kingdom (309 meters).

The shard by Renzo Piano in United kingdom.
The Shard in United Kingdom

5. Santiago CalatravaCity of Arts and Sciences

Santiago Calatrava, born in July 28, 1951 is a Spanish architect, structural design and analyst engineer, sculptor and painter. His largest project is the City of Arts and Sciences in his birthplace, Valencia. The building is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex. It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.

Santiago Calatrava - City of Arts and Sciences  in Valencia
City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

6. Rem Koolhaas – CMG Headquarters

Rem Koolhaas, born in November 17, 1944 is a Dutch architect. architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor at Harvard University. His largest work to date is the CMG Headquarters in Beijing. The CCTV Headquarters won the 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

CMG Headquarters designed by dutch architect Rem Koolhas. Located in Beijing
CMG Headquarters located in Beijing

7. Ieoh Ming Pei The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ieoh Ming Pei, born in April 26, 1917 is a Chinese American architect and he is often called the master of modern architecture. One of his most notable projects is” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, that recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. By HBO

8. Jean Nouvel – Doha Office Tower

Jean Nouvel, born in August 12, 1945 is a French architect. At 25, Novel started a firm with François Seigneur. In 2008, he received the Pritzker Prize for his work on over 200 projects, including Doha Office Tower in Qatar. Doha Tower is an iconic tower located in Doha, Qatar. The $125-million office building, has a height of 232 meters, with 46 floors.

Jean Nouvel - Doha Office Tower  with height of 232 m.
Doha Office Tower. By My2200

9. Frank Owen Gehry –The Louis Vuitton Foundation

Frank Owen Gehry, born in February 28, 1929 is a Canadian-born American architect. A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become world-renowned attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture. The building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation is an art museum and cultural center and is one of Frank Gehry best-known works.

The Louis Vuitton Foundation  By Frank Owen Gehry
The Louis Vuitton Foundation. By Fondation Louis Vuitton

10. Tom Wright – The Burj Al Arab

Tom Wright, born in September 18, 1957 is a British architect best known as the designer of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel is the fifth tallest hotel in the world, although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. The shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship.

The Burj Al Arab , luxury hotel in Dubai.
The Burj Al Arab

11. Balkrishna Dosh – The Aranya Housing Project

Balkrishna Dosh, born in August 26, 1927 is an Indian architect, known as the Eco-friendly Architect of the Millennium. He is considered to be an important figure of Indian architecture and in 2018 he became the first Indian architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. One of his most notable works is The Aranya Housing Project which is considered a model project for its care for third world urban poor.

The Aranya Housing Project, eco friendly housing solution for poor
The Aranya Housing Project. By Courtesy of Architect

12. Ole ScheerenThe Interlace

Ole Scheeren, born in January 6, 1971 is a German architect and urbanist. You can see his contemporary architectural style in various buildings such as The Interlace which won the World Building of the year award in 2015. The Interlace is a large residential complex in Singapore consisting of a series of apartment blocks stacked diagonally across one another. The concept behind The Interlace was to find a way of creating high-density housing without adding another tower block to Singapore’s skyline.

The Interlace residential complex building in Singapore
The Interlace

13. Peter Eisenman – Holocaust Memorial

Peter Eisenman, born in August 11, 1932 is an American architect who is considered one of the New York Five, a group of world-renowned architects of New York City. His style of architecture mainly focuses on high modernism or deconstruction. One of his most notable works is the Holocaust Museum in Berlin, a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Holocaust memorial in  Berlin
Holocaust memorial

14. Eduardo Souto de Moura – Paula Rego Museum

Eduardo Souto de Moura, born in July 25, 1952 is a Portuguese architect who was the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011. His major works include a style of conservatism and modernism. One of his marvelous pieces of architecture is Paula Rego museum. The design was made in concordance with Paula Rego wishes. She stated that the building should be “fun, lively and also a bit mischievous”.

Paula Rego Museum located in Portugal
Paula Rego Museum . Image by :Modulo.net

15. Kazuyo SejimaRolex Learning Center

Kazuyo Sejima, born in October 29, 1956 is a Japanese architect known for her clear modernist elements in her designs. Her buildings are distinguished by the fact that they have large windows which creates a fluid transition between interior and exterior. One of these buildings that describes her style is the Rolex Learning Center.

Rolex Learning centre
Rolex learning centre. Image by Cricursa.

16. Moshe SafdieHabitat 67

Moshe Safdie, born in July 14, 1938 is an Israeli-Canadian architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author. Safdie is famous for architecture which bends lines and curves to create geometry that has never been defined before. He is most identified with Habitat 67, which paved the way for his international career. Habitat, is a model community and housing complex in Montreal and is considered one of the most recognizable and spectacular buildings in Canada.

Habitat 67 the low cost home
The habitat. Image by C’est beau

17. Shigeru Ban – The Paper Dome

Shigeru Ban, born in August 5, 1957 is a Japanese architect, known for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes. His designs are minimalist and require only the necessary building material. One of this type of works is the Paper Dome, a temporary church building.

The Paper dome
The Paper Dome. Image by: Sun Moon Lake

18. David Chipperfield The Hepworth Wakefield

David Chipperfield, born in December 18, 1953 is an English Architect who is known for his contemporary architectural style. One of his buildings that describes the best his style is the Hepworth Wakefield, and art museum that received 100,000 visitors is the first five weeks after opening.

The Hepworth Wakefield
The Hepworth Wakefield. Image by: Hepworth Wakefield

19. Fumihiko Maki – The Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Fumihiko Maki, born in September 6, 1928 is a Japanese architect who received the Pritzker Prize for his work, which often explores pioneering uses of new materials and fuses the cultures of east and west. The project that brought him the most desired prize in architecture is the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The building is characterized by the contemporary design style that made Fumihiko Maki known worldwide.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
The Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Image by: Where in Tokyo

20. John Andrews – Satellite Campus of the University of Toronto

John Andrews, born in October 29, 1934 is an Australian architect, known for designing a number of acclaimed structures in Australia, Canada and the United States. One of his works took part in the premises of The University of Toronto Scarborough, a satellite campus of the University of Toronto. The first completed building of the campus named after its designer, John Andrews, was built in a “brutalist” architectural style and completed in 1964.

Satellite campus Toronto
Satellite campus

21. Peter Zumthor – The Kunsthaus Bregenz

Peter Zumthor, born in April 26, 1943 is a Swiss architect known for his uncompromising and minimalist work. His work brought him the 2009 Pritzker Prize and 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. One of his best projects is the Kunsthaus Bregenz, one of Europe’s leading galleries for contemporary art.

Kunsthaus bregenz
Kunsthaus bregenz. Image by: Kunsthaus bregenz

22. Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron Tate Modern

Herzog & de Meuron is a Swiss architecture firm with its head office in Basel, Switzerland. The founders and senior partners Jacques Herzog, born in April 19, 1950 and Pierre de Meuron, born in May 8, 1950 were awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2001. They are best known for their conversion of the giant Bankside Power Station in London to the new home of Tate Modern, one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world.

Tate modern
Tate Modern. Image by: Art Rabbit

23. Ryue Nishizawa – The Garden and House

Ryue Nishizawa, born in 1966 is a Japanese architect based in Tokyo. In 1995, he co-founded the firm SANAA with the architect Kazuyo Sejima. In 2010, he became the youngest recipient ever of the Pritzker Prize, together with Sejima. One of his eye-catching projects is the “garden and house”, a five-story townhouse fronted by a stack of gardens.

Ryue Nishizawa - The Garden and House
Ryue Nishizawa – The Garden and House. Image by: Iwan Baan

24. Alejandro Aravena – The Siamese Towers

Alejandro Aravena, born in June 22, 1967 is a Chilean architect. He won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2016 and he is best known for the work on the Siamese Towers. The building serves as the Center for Technological Innovation at the Catholic University of Chile.

The Siamese Towers
The Siamese Towers. Image by: Cristobal Palma

25. Takaharu Tezuk – The Roof House

Takaharu Tezuka, born in February 23, 1964 is a Japanese architect. He and his wife founded the Tokyo-based firm Tezuka Architects. Their work emphasizes human activity and connectivity as can be seen in the work of the “Roof house”.

The Roof House
The Roof House. Image by: Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA

26. Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta
The Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta founded RCR ARQUITECTES in 1988 with the intention of producing quality architecture while focusing on environment and landscape. One of their projects that is basically only about environment is the Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium, where the architects choose not to alter the space by cutting any trees or by leveling the landscape.

The Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium
The Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium. Image by: Dezeen

27. Mauricio Rocha & Gabriela Carrillo – The Criminal Courts for Oral Trials

Taller de Arquitectura established by Mauricio Rocha in 1991. Later on, in 2012, Gabriela Carrillo joined the firm and the name was changed to Taller. Taller projects try to develop contemporary architecture, focusing on the environment and on the overall efficiency. One of their known projects is the Criminal Courts for Oral Trials in Mexico. The project matches Taller ideology of design and functionality.

The Criminal Courts for Oral Trials
The Criminal Courts for Oral Trials . Image by Rafael Game

28. Frida Escobedo – The Serpentine Galleries

Frida Escobedo, born in 1979 is a Mexican architect. Her focus is on design and restoration of urban spaces like, housing, community centers, art venues and hotels. The Serpentine Galleries are two contemporary art galleries situated in London. Every year they appoint world renowned architects to build a temporary summer pavilion. Frida Escobedo was the youngest architect to ever work on this project.

The Serpentine Galleries 
The Serpentine Galleries 

29. Solano Benitez – The Unilever Building

Solano Benitez, born in 1963 is a Paraguayan architect. In 1987 he founded his own firm that tries to produce sustainable and economic solutions. One of these buildings is the Unilever Building, a large container of offices that permits entry of light and proper ventilation.

The Unilever building by Solano Benitez
The Unilever building. Image by Leonardo Finetti

30. Dominique Perrault – The DC Towers

Dominique Perrault, born in April 9, 1953 is a French architect. He had and has projects all around the world, some notable ones are the Olympic Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool in Berlin, the Olympic Tennis Stadium in Madrid, the Fukoku Tower in Osaka or the French National Library. Another project that he is working on is the DC Towers. Only one of the DC Tower is finished and is currently the tallest skyscraper in Austria.

The DC Towers
The DC Towers

31. Álvaro Siza – The Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion

Álvaro Siza, born in June 25, 1933, is a Portuguese architect known for his simple but breath-taking projects. He stated that “architects don’t invent anything, that they just transform reality”. One of his works that express his style and ideologies about architecture is the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion, a project that can be described as being a work of complex simplicity.

The Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion
The Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion

32. Antoine PredockThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Antoine Predock, born in 1936 in an American architect based in New Mexico. His style is aiming to preserve the cultural foundation of a scene and he is designing his creations as being part of the landscape. One of his famous projects that reflects his ideologies is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights . Image by Nick Blazanovic

33. Ben van Berkel – The Erasmus Bridge

Ben van Berkel, born in 1957 is a Dutch architect; who founded together with his wife, UNStudio. One of his memorable projects is the Erasmus Bridge, who was accomplished before the creation of his new office, UNStudio. The bridge is compared with a swan by the public and described by the architect as being” a bracket construction in sky-colored steel [that] can appear thin as a needle, or wide as a harp”.

Erasmus bridge
Erasmus bridge

34. Bernard TschumiThe New Acropolis Museum

Bernard Tschumi, born in January 25, 1944 is a Swiss architect and educator who is known for his deconstruction approach towards his projects. One of his most well-known works is The New Acropolis Museum, a place that stores the most important works of art and architecture.

The New Acropolis Museum
The New Acropolis Museum. Image by: Christian Richters

35. Bjarke Ingels – The 8 House

Bjarke Ingels, born in October 2, 1974 is a Danish architect known for his innovative and ambitious design approach, many of his buildings defy traditional architectural stereotypes. One of his most notable projects is the “8 House”. The building is a mixed of three types of residential housing and retail and office spaces.

The 8 house
The 8 house. Image by Jens Lindhe.

36. César Pelli The Petronas Towers

César Pelli, born in October 12, 1926 is an Argentinian architect who designed some of the tallest building in the world. One of his projects that enter in this category is the Petronas Towers. The towers were the tallest building between 1998 and 2004 and they still are the tallest twin towers in the world. Cesar Pelli states that “Humanity has an obsession with building big” and the fact that “Tall has power.”

The Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers

37. Christian de Portzamparc – Château Cheval Blanc

Christian de Portzamparc, born in May 5, 1944 is a French architect, urbanist and winner of the world renowned, Pritzker Prize in 1994. His work is being described as having a bold design, artistic touch and focusing on the importance of the environment and landscape. Château Cheval Blanc is a winery designed by our architect where his focus was not put only on the structure but also on the contrast between the landscape and the design of the building.

Château Cheval Blanc
Château Cheval Blanc.Image by Erik Saillet

38. David Childs – One World Trade Center

David Childs, born in April 1, 1941 is an American architect, known for being the architect behind the tallest building in New York City, One World Trade Center. The structure holds a sentimental value and a history for the reason that is built on the same spot where a tragedy happened to the old World Trade Center.

One World Trade centre
One World Trade centre

39. Jeanne Gang – The Aqua Tower

Jeanne Gang, born in March 19, 1964 is an American architect and urban designer. She’s work is characterized by having an innovative use of materials and environmentally sensitive approach. Her most famous work is the Aqua Tower, an 82-story residential skyscraper. The building was awarded as being the best skyscraper of the year 2009.

The Aqua Tower
The Aqua Tower. Image by Hedrich Blessing

40. Joshua Prince-Ramus – The Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center

Joshua Prince-Ramus, born in August 11, 1969 is an American architect and founder or REX, international architecture and design firm. He received many awards for one of the best young architects of our era. One of his works that brought him these awards is the” Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center”. The construction is two office buildings, built one inside the other.

The Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center
The Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center

41. Ken Yeang – The National Library Singapore

Ken Yeang, born on October 6, 1949, is a Malaysian architect, well known for his Eco-architecture and green design. One of his key buildings that follows his ideologies is the National Library Singapore, where Ken Yeang found the opportunity to apply his sustainability concepts.

The National Library Singapore
The National Library Singapore

42. Kengo Kuma – The Bamboo Wall House

Kengo Kuma, born in 1954 is a Japanese architect and professor. He is known for his goal to recover the traditions that the Japanese architecture holds and implement them in the architecture from our century.  One of his key projects is the Bamboo Wall House, which had the purpose to contrast the Great Wall of China in the sense of fragility and transparency.

The Bamboo Wall House
The Bamboo Wall House

43. Ma Yansong – The Absolute Towers

Ma Yansong, born in 1975 is a Chinese architect and founder of MAD architects. His ideology comes from the concept that contemporary architecture has no spirit and he want to make buildings that inspire people and are against this concept of today. One of his most notable projects is the Absolute Towers, residence with the focus on reducing energy load and giving to its inhabitants as much light as possible.

The Absolute towers
The Absolute towers

44. Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas – The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3

Massimiliano Fuksas, born in January 9, 1944, is an Italian architect and founder of Studio Fuksas alongside his wife, Doriana Fuksas. Their architecture is known for its elegance, their focus on the desires and needs of the public and the importance that they give to the environment. One example of their exemplary work is the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3, a project that shows elegance and utility.

The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3
The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3. Image by: Studio Fuksas

45. Rafael Moneo – The National Museum of Roman Art

Rafael Moneo, born in May 9, 1937 is a Spanish architect, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1996. He is known as an architect that combines aesthetics and functionality in his projects. One of his best buildings is the National Museum of Roman Art, where Rafael Moneo used Roman techniques, materials and proportions in order to give authenticity to the building.

The National Museum of Roman Art
The National Museum of Roman Art. Image by Manuel Sanchez.

46. Rafael Viñoly – The 432 Park Avenue

Rafael Viñoly, born in 1944 is a Uruguayan architect, who describes itself as being a practical and intelligent architect who takes into consideration all the factors that go in to the architecture of a building. One of his most famous works is the 432 Park Avenue, the third tallest building in North America.

432 Park avenue
432 Park avenue. Image by: 432 Park Avenue

47. Richard RogersThe Pompidou Centre

Richard Rogers, born in July 23, 1933 is a British-Italian architect, winner of the Pritzker architecture prize in 2007 and known for his focus on functionality and modern design. One of his memorable projects is the Pompidou Centre, designed with the help of Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini. The project is described as being “not a building but a town where you find everything – lunch, great art, a library, great music”.

The Pompidou Centre
The Pompidou Centre

48. Robert Stern -The 15 Central Park West

Robert Stern, born in May 23, 1939 is an American architect, which often uses “modern traditionalist” to describe his work. Robert Stern is behind the design of one of the most famous condominium apartment building in New York City, the 15 Central Park West.

The 15 Central Park West
The 15 Central Park West

49. Sheila Sri Prakash

Sheila Sri Prakash, born in July 6, 1955 is an Indian architect known for being the first woman to open her own firm. While working on her firm, Shilpa Architects, she became one of the most influential architects in the world. She is being known for focusing on local and cultural arts and by center her architecture on sustainability.

Sheila Sri Prakash House
Sheila Sri Prakash House

50. Steven Holl The Kiasma Museum in Helsinki

Steven Holl, born in December 9, 1947 is considered one of the most important American architects for the importance that he gives to natural light. He has the ability to utilise the light and shadows in his design in order to get the best balance between the two. One of his most known projects is the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, that is on par with his abilities, being designed in such a way so it can catch the low angle of Scandinavian sun.

The Kiasma Museum in Helsinki
The Kiasma Museum in Helsinki

51. Tadao Ando – The Row House

Tadao Ando, born in September13, 1941 is one of the most distinguished Japanese architects. His unique and abstract style brought him many awards including the most desired award, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995. One of his most famous works that resembles the simplicity in his style is the “Row House”.

Tadao Ando The Row House
Tadao Ando The Row House. Image by Hiromitsu Morimoto

52. Sir Terry Farrell – The MI6 Building

Sir Terry Farrell, born in May 12, 1938 is a British architect and urban designer. One of his most famous projects is the MI6 Building, headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom. The construction characterizes the best his contextual urban design and postmodernism style.

The M16 Building
The M16 Building

53. Thom Mayne – The Caltrans District 7 Headquarters

Thom Mayne, born in January 19, 1944 is an American architect described as having a bold, futuristic and environmentally friendly design. One of his most famous constructions that follows his style is the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters. The building, completed in 2004 brought him the distinguished Pritzker Architecture Prize on the following year.

The Caltrans District 7 Headquarters
The Caltrans District 7 Headquarters

54. Thomas Heatherwick – The Learning Hub

Thomas Heatherwick, born in February 17, 1970 is an English designer, known as an “ideas engine”. He states that he does not have his own style as many other architects, but he describes himself as being a problem solver. One of his most notable works is the Learning Hub in Singapore, an academic building with no corridors that creates a dynamic environment and encourage interactions between students.

The Learning Hub
The Learning Hub

55. Toyo Ito – The Tower of Winds

Toyo Ito, born in June 1, 1941 is a Japanese architect, world known for his creative and unique projects and for his innovative designs. His style brought him the word renowned, Pritzker Prize in 2013. One of his famous projects that scream his style is the “Tower of Winds”. Even dough the building is just a storage house it looks as so much more due to the relation between nature and architecture that Toyo Ito manage to implement in its design.

The Tower of Winds
The Tower of Winds

56. A. Eugene Kohn, William Pedersen and Sheldon Fox –The Lotte World Tower

A. Eugene Kohn, William Pedersen and Sheldon Fox are the founders of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, one of the biggest architecture firms in the world. Their projects touch a vast area of activity, from cultural spaces, commercial office buildings, transportation facilities to educational facilities, residential and hospitality developments. One of their most famous works is the Lotte World Tower, the 5th tallest building in the word, that is inspired from traditional Korean art and design.

The Lotte World Tower
The Lotte World Tower

57. Alvaro Siza – The Ibere Camargo Museum

Alvaro Siza, born in June 25, 1933 is a Portuguese architect known for his traditional approach for his projects. One of his awarded projects is the Ibere Camargo Museum, inaugurated in 2007, the design museum follows the European trends of that specific year and perfectly shows Alvaro’s style.

The Ibere Camargo Museum
The Ibere Camargo Museum. Image by : Francisco Nogueira

58. Stanley Tigerman The Illinois Holocaust Museum

Stanley Tigerman, born in September 20, 1930 is an American architect, theorist and designer, characterized by his social and development-mindset. One of his most known works is the Illinois Holocaust Museum, a building that has the mission to honor those who were lost and teach the mass how to fight against hate and indifference.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum
The Illinois Holocaust Museum. Image by David Seide

59. James Polshek – The Rose Center for Earth and Space

James Polshek, born in February 11, 1930 is an American architect known for his attention that he gives to people and their needs and his ability to add modern architecture components to the traditional ones. One of his best-known projects is the Rose Center for Earth and Space, one of the biggest attractions of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The Rose Center for Earth and Space
The Rose Center for Earth and Space

60. David AdjayeThe National Museum of African American History and Culture

David Adjaye, born in September 22, 1966 is a British architect known for his diversified design and unique way of using materials and light. One of his most known projects is the “National Museum of African American History and Culture” in Washington DC. The building and the connection between its design and surrounding landscape represent America’s long African culture.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture

61. Wang Shu – The Ningbo Museum

Wang Shu, born in November 4, 1963 is a Chinese architect known for his modern design accomplished by using classic materials and an older style. His well-known design approach can be seen in his most famous work, The Ningbo Museum.

The Ningbo Museum
The Ningbo Museum

62. Glenn Murcutt – The Riversdale Boyd Education Centre

Glenn Murcutt, born in July 25, 1936 is an Australian architect and winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2002. He is known of being the most famous Australian architect. Glenn earn this title not by building tall and imposing buildings but by designing smaller settlements that let him focus on economical design, preserving energy and environment. One of the many examples of buildings that enter this category is the Riversdale Boyd Education Centre.

The Riversdale Boyd Education Centre
The Riversdale Boyd Education Centre

63. Elia Zenghelis – The Ashikita House of Youth

Elia Zenghelis, born in 1937 is a Greek architect characterized by simplifying structures, materials and building taking into account the landscape and environment. An example of his work is the Ashikita House of Youth, which was build in such a manner so the design will direct people’s eyes towards the water.

The Ashikita House of Youth
The Ashikita House of Youth. Image by Visit Japan Architecture

64. Peter Pennoyer – The Metropolitan Opera Club

Peter Pennoyer, born in February 19, 1957 in an American architect known for his traditional and classic design. Even though he has many outstanding modern works, one of the most famous ones is the Metropolitan Opera Club, which we can say it’s strengthened his classic style.

The Metropolitan Opera Club
The Metropolitan Opera Club

65. Maya Ying Lin – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Maya Ying Lin, born in October 5, 1959 is an American designer and architect best known for sculptures and historical memories but also for her care for nature and environment. Her most famous project is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, build in the honor of the US army that fought in the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

66. Denise Scott Brown – The Postmodernism, the Sainsbury Wing

Denise Scott Brown, born in October 3, 1931 is a South African architect that became one of the most influential architects of the past century by her planning, writing and teaching architecture. She and her husband manage to build one of the most sophisticated public projects in the Postmodernism, the Sainsbury Wing.

The Postmodernism, the Sainsbury Wing.
The Postmodernism, the Sainsbury Wing. Image by Valentino Danilo Matteis

67. Amanda Levete – The Selfridges Building

Amanda Levete, born in November 17, 1955 is a British architect, considered one of the most innovative architects in UK. She obtained this title by designing the Selfridges Building with the Future System team. The building is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre, it cost 60 pounds and it is one of the most futuristic buildings in Birmingham.

The Selfridges Building 
The Selfridges Building 

68. Annabelle SelldorfThe David Zwirner Gallery

Annabelle Selldorf is a German architect and founder of Selldorf Architects. This firm creates clear and modern settlements, which are “brought to life by its users”. Included in this category are museums, libraries, galleries and residential buildings. One of the most notable ones being the David Zwirner Gallery.

The David Zwirner Gallery
The David Zwirner Gallery

69. Odile Decq – The Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum

Odile Decq, born in 1955 is an award-winning French architect and founder of Studio Odile Decq. Her work is characterized by the importance that she gives to the overall space. An example is the Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum, where the interior is spacious and structured.

The Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum
The Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum. Image by Odile Decq

70. Susana Torre – Fire Station Five

Susana Torre, born in 1944 is an Argentinian architect known for her projects that gather cultural, social and regional topics. Her style can be recognized is some of her best-known projects like, Fire Station Five in Columbus, the Clark and Garvey Houses in The Hamptons and the Consulate of the Ivory Coast in New York City.

Susana Torre
Susana Torre house. Image by Steve Risting

71. Elizabeth Diller and Diller Scofidio + RenfroThe Institute of Contemporary Art

Elizabeth Diller, born in 1954 is an American architect and partner in Diller Scofidio + Renfro alongside with Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro, and Benjamin Gilmartin. She is known one of the most influential designers of cultural buildings. One of her many known buildings is the Institute of Contemporary Art, the first new art museum to be built in Boston.

The Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art

72. Diébédo Francis Kéré – Primary School in Gando

Diébédo Francis Kéré, born in April 10, 1965 in Burkina Faso is the founder of Kéré Architecture. He finished his studies in Germany and then decided to come back and help his home town. He is known for building the Primary School in Gando along side many other school related buildings.

Primary School in Gando.
Primary School in Gando. Image by: Simeon Douchoud

73. Bruce Kuwabara – The Remai Modern

Bruce Kuwabara, born in 1949 is a Canadian architect and founder of KPMB Architects. He is known for his sustainable architectural design and for being one of the few who was studding this aspect before being a priority in Canada. One of his well-known projects is the Remai Modern art museum.

The Remai Modern.
The Remai Modern. Image by KPMB Architects

Douglas Cardinal, born in March 7, 1934 is a Canadian architect known for his curved style. One example is the Canadian Museum of History, Canada’s most visited museum.

74. Douglas Cardinal The Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History
The Canadian Museum of History

75. Jack Diamond – The Four Seasons Centre

Jack Diamond is a Canadian architect known for his ability to analyze the construction site. He won many awards on different types of buildings, from civic and residential to academic and cultural projects. One of the most famous ones is the Four Seasons Centre, a theater in Toronto with a capacity of 2000.

The Four Seasons Centre
The Four Seasons Centre

76. Bruno Freschi – The Science World

Bruno Freschi, born in April 18, 1937 is a Canadian architect known for his specific focus on space, form and urbanism. One of his projects is the Science World where his style can be clearly seen.

The Science World
The Science World

77. Barton MyersThe New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Barton Myers, born in November 6, 1934 is an American architect and he is known for his focus on urban consolidation, the ability of a building to define the surroundings and the ability to combine the old and new architectural combinations. His style can be seen in one of his most popular projects, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center

78. Altuğ Çinici – The Middle East Technical University

Altuğ Çinici, born in 1935 is a Turkish architect known for her fast adaptability to modernization and her focus on environment. She earned a lot of awards along the years and one of the reasons is one of her most notable works, the Middle East Technical University.

The Middle East Technical University
The Middle East Technical University

79. William McDonough – NASA Sustainability Base

William McDonough, born in February 20, 1951 is an American architect known for his focus on “green” architecture and for minimizing the negative environment impact. One of his most famous construction is the NASA Sustainability Base, that shows the best his ecological style.

NASA Sustainability Base
NASA Sustainability Base, Image by: NASA

80. Eric Parry Architects– One Fen Court  

Eric Parry is a British architect who did establish Eric Parry Architect practice in 1983. Trough the years architectural firm achieved multiple awards, and currently additional to architectural and urban design as holds a large portfolio of interior design projects.

One fen court
One Fen Court.

81. Minsuk Cho – The S-Trenue Tower

Minsuk Cho, born in 1966 is a South Korean architect, founder of Mass Studies and known for his urban research and for his buildings. His work is worldwide recognize for their shape, size, innovation and space efficiency. A clear example of all mentioned is the residential/office tower, the S-Trenue Tower.

The S-Trenue Tower
The S-Trenue Tower

82. MVRDV : Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, and Nathalie de Vries – The EXPO 2000 Pavilion

Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries founded MVRDV in 1993. The company is based in Netherlands and had implemented contemporary architectural solutions and urban issues all over the world. One of their most well-known projects is the EXPO 2000 Pavilion, that was made to represent balance between nature and technology.

 The EXPO 2000 Pavilion
The EXPO 2000 Pavilion. Image by: MVRDV

83. Thom Mayne – The 41 Cooper Square

Thom Mayne, born in January 19, 1944 is an American architect and principal founder of Morphosis. The company is focusing on culture and modern design and forms. One of their innovative projects is the 41 Cooper Square, a project that integrates sustainability into function and architecture.

The 41 Cooper Square 
The 41 Cooper Square 

84. Hafeez Contractor – The Imperial

Hafeez Contractor, born in 1950 is an Indian architect known for building a large number of skyscrapers in India. He also stated that he does not have a particular style, he wants to make beautiful and imposing construction. An example is the twin-tower residential skyscraper, The Imperial.

The Imperial 
The Imperial 

85. Raj Rewal – The Parliament Library

Raj Rewal, born in 1934 is an Indian architect, known for his ability to combine light and dark design and also the ability to connect the interior design with the exterior landscape. One of his most known projects that reflect his style is the Parliament Library in New Delhi.

Raj Rewal - The Parliament Library
Raj Rewal – The Parliament Library

86. Rahul Mehrotra – The KMC Corporate Office

Rahul Mehrotra is an Indian architect and founder of RMA Architects. The firm is known for the equal importance that they give to urban design, architecture, panning, landscape and historic preservation. One of their most famous projects is the KMC Corporate Office, which illustrates Rahul Mehrotra’s style; the building is able to control the amount of light and air that circulates inside the construction.

The KMC Corporate Office
The KMC Corporate Office

87. Sanjeev Panjabi & Sangeeta Merchant – The Exim Tower

Sanjeev Panjabi and Sangeeta Merchant are two Indian architects and founders of SPASM Design Architects, one of the best firms in the country. Their work includes family houses, luxury villas or commercial towers. One work that is included here is the Exim Tower, which is in concordance with the Indian tradition and the firm style.

The Exim Tower
The Exim Tower

88. Christopher Lee, Serie ArchitectsThe Jameel Arts Centre Dubai

Serie Architects are focusing on architecture, urban design and research. One of their well-known projects is the Jameel Arts Centre Dubai, where their focus on space efficiency and elegance can be seen, as well as the relation between inside and outside, art and nature.

The Jameel Arts Centre Dubai
The Jameel Arts Centre Dubai

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Acclaimed for its innovative and sustainable concepts of design, Denmark has seen the rise of ground-breaking architecture especially over the last decade. New-age structures that tackle current and future environmental problems are increasingly in demand in this country that aims for 100% renewable energy in 2050. Modern buildings that create a statement while expertly balancing form and function are here to stay.

Here is a list of 8 iconic sustainable building projects that pave the way for future trends.

Amager Bakke: Clean Energy Production and Waste Management

‘Amager Bakke’  by BIG for ARC

A cutting-edge power plant that, believe it or not, alternates as a hiking trail and a ski slope! Built by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in 2017, this multi-functional structure burns waste instead of fossil fuels to generate enough electricity to power at least 50,000 homes and heat 120,000 homes.

Funded by energy and waste-collection from city residents, this automated operation takes no more than two people to run so that human resources can be allocated to ‘Copenhill‘ that manages the smooth functioning of the ski slope, and facilities for visitors, including a top-floor restaurant and bar.

The 500-metre ski slope is expected to open in the summer of 2019, and can accommodate up to 1500 people on the area. Other options like go-kart racing and cable wakeboarding are made available for people who enjoy adventure sports. A certified climber’s delight, this building also hosts an 85-metre long a climbing wall, the highest in the world!

Combining the need for sustainable development, energy production and waste treatment with the added benefit of leisure activity, this construction rightfully achieves social acceptance for urban power plants of similar calibre.

Green Lighthouse: Carbon Neutrality   

‘Green Lighthouse’ by Velux Group and Christensen & Co.

This University of Copenhagen building gets a special mention for being Denmark’s first certified sustainable structure, and the first carbon-neutral building in the country to achieve the American certification of LEED Gold rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The Velux Group collaborated with several architectural, environmental, and engineering specialists to construct a cylindrical structure that drew inspiration from a sundial and the motion of the sun around the building.

Using solar rays to generate energy with an inclined roof that allows intense sunlight into the interior for heat absorption, this structure has been making an outstanding statement in terms of climate neutrality since its opening in 2009.

The building boasts of its own energy supply which combines solar energy, Copenhagen’s district heating and heat pumps, to effectively cut its energy consumption by over 70% compared to that of a typical building its size. It also allows for the storage of seasonal hot water when the sun rays are at their strongest.

To further aid this, the building uses natural ventilation, and an automatic cooling and heating system to create a climate-friendly space for the students using its facilities. Spacious and full of daylight, the entire ensemble makes for a visually striking creation that was endorsed by the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign.

Maritime Museum of Denmark: Preserving skylines despite urban development

‘Maritime Museum of Denmark’ – photo credit Luca Santiago Mora

The Maritime Museum of Denmark is built on what used to be one of Denmark’s most significant modern shipyards, in an area that also houses the Kronborg Castle,  the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This award-winning museum is yet another design project by the globally acclaimed BIG. As rapid, inevitable urban development takes place, it becomes tougher for preservationists and enthusiasts to insist on the protection of a city’s unique architecture and the resultant skyline. A few prominent arguments for preserving a city’s skyline are the embodiment of a city’s distinguished cultural and historical identity, media-centric exploration of art through iconic landmarks, empirical study and research, etc.

A fine balance between modern economic success and historical sustenance is necessary, and proves to be a challenge that many architects around the world face.

Keeping this issue in mind, Bjarke Ingels came up with the innovative vision of building the monument underground, using the dry dock as an open, outdoor centrepiece with the rest of the construction assembled around it. Leaving the walls of the dock untouched, BIG excavated the centre of the dry dock to create eight floors below sea level, complete with exhibitions and art installations. Due to this strategic placement, the Maritime Museum establishes its distinct character as a unique monument despite having the impressive Kronborg Castle and the Culture Yard in the near vicinity.

This arrangement also ensures that the views of the Kronborg Castle, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, are unobstructed from all sides. Almost unnoticeable from the horizon, the Maritime Museum of Denmark is a sustainable masterpiece that conserves the sanctity of Helsingør’s historic and cultural wealth without compromising on the demand for space.

Copenhagen International School, Nordhavn: Solar-energy Harvesting

cph new school
The Danish New School – Greenmatters.com

Integrating one of the world’s largest solar panel systems in a school building, Copenhagen International School (CIS) has coupled global learning with a sustainable outlook of ’practice what you preach’. This feeds into their vision of ’Educating champions of a just and sustainable future’. The architectural firm behind this beauty is C.F. Møller, that have giants like Carlsberg and Mascot International on their resume.

A whopping 12,000 solar panels are placed at various angles to make the maximum use of natural light and generate electricity that meets nearly half of the school’s energy consumption, an equivalent of which would power 70 single-family houses. Majority of the classrooms are strategically placed on the corners of the building to ensure optimal usage of daylight, and reward wonderful views of the man-made peninsula that the school is built on.

CIS also has on-campus greenhouses; the food grown here is used in the canteen, so the students are aware of where their food comes from. Other sustainable solutions adopted by this school include food waste management food where scraps are put through a grinder to produce pulp for bio-gas production, after which the pulp is used as fertilizer in Danish agriculture, or fed to pigs (one of Denmark’s biggest exports).

All the interiors of the school are designed using materials sourced from nature: wool-upholstered sofas, bamboo bookshelves, and oiled oak wood floors. The school’s long-term goal is to use recirculated water for flushing toilets.

VM Mountain: Optimising Limited Urban Space

‘The Mountain’ by BIG

Another jewel on the crown of Bjarke Ingel’s BIG, The Mountain is a residential project that is 2/3 parking and 1/3 living. By combining parking and housing spaces, the building makes optimal use of available area while still making terrace decks available to flats, complete with personal gardens. This evergreen vegetation is sustained by an automatic sprinkler system.

Imagine a suburban neighbourhood of homes built in a step formation in a 10-storey building, each equipped with its personal garden and an amazing view of the city and coastal region. A residential lift that moves diagonally makes it easier to navigate to the different floors.

The colourful parking area itself is far from most dingy parking lots, decorated with wildlife murals designed by French artist Victor Ash. With a ceiling height that goes up to 16m in some places, the parking lot has the appearance of a cathedral-like space. Residents of the 80 flats in the Mountain have access to 480 parking spots, and an arty space that doubles as a party arena for special events.

Awarded the world’s best residential building at The World Architectural Fair, The Mountain has drawn a lot of attention for its innovative vision of blending the best of both urban and suburban ways of living.

Climate Ribbon & Storkeengen: Natural park conservation and Water Management

‘Climate Ribbon’ by C. F. Møller

Randers Municipality has, overly in the past decade, been vexed by storms and sea level rise. To address this, C.F. Møller took up yet another challenge to address the climate change issue with a focus on ‘The Climate Ribbon’ project and a natural park called Storkeegen (Stork Meadow) in Randers.

‘Storkeengen (Stork Meadow)’ by C.F. Møller

The Climate Ribbon is a 6-kilometre-long ribbon between Randers city centre and river Gudenå, the longest river in Denmark. An essential part of a major urban development initiative, The Climate Ribbon integrates storm-control solutions into the harbour’s urban spaces by creating new arenas for activity, design and nature that include facilities like a delta promenade, a river pool, a tidal display park, and a maritime area for sports and culture events, among others to bring more life to the city. A dedicated pedestrian and biking trail along the Climate Ribbon fosters a closer connection between the urban section of Randers and the wild natural space around river Gudenå.

The extension of this ambitious project is the conversion of Storkeegen into a public park, driven by key factors besides the effective management of the increasing stormwater levels, like adding value to the area, treatment of wastewater, and so forth.

“Storkeengen (Stork Meadow)” by C.F. Møller

Locations for recreational activity have been created to make the natural park more accessible to the general public and to create awareness of the municipality’s efforts to redirect rainwater collected from the residential parts to purification basins in Storkeegen, before being led out to Gudenå. Not only does this help with water conservation, but also protects the low-lying parts of the city from being flooded during storms.

These efforts have been essential to preserve the flora and fauna and their evolving habitat in Storkeegen as much as possible. More endeavours towards amplifying these efforts can and are being taken throughout the world to preserve rainforests and natural parks.

Energy, Climate and Environmental Park: Multifunctional Park and Recreation Space

‘Energy, Climate and Environmental Park’ by C. F. Møller

C.F. Møller has also been instrumental in the construction of Hillerød Utility Company’s ’Energy, Climate and Environmental Park’ that combines green living with recreational space built using recycled soil. While it may not come across as a typical way to spend a Saturday afternoon family picnic, architect Julian Weyer states that the park might just be the first facility in the world to integrate all activities in a single location, and take the step of fully involving the general public.

Here’s why; the 50-hectare community park hosts a variety of waste management systems including an industrial and household recycling plant, a water purification facility, biomass and geothermal heat production plant, test fields for solar, wind and biomass energy, and a rainwater harvesting initiative.

Bird’s view of the ‘Energy, Climate and Environmental Park’ by C. F. Møller

All this in a landscape which normally consists only of walking and climbing areas amid nature. The project merges innovative sustainability and educational opportunity to allow for a venue where future generations can observe forward-looking enterprise in action.

The Climate Tile: Urban Development and Rainwater Management

‘The Climate Tile’ at Nørrebro in Copenhagen

The revolutions and sub-revolutions charged by the global phenomenon of climate change have given rise to many a visionary concept in the field of architecture, one of which is the Climate Tile project. Produced in 2015 by Third Nature, this concept was created to prevent flooding of streets due to excessive rainwater through continuous draining.

Denmark is a lowland, with its tallest hill being approximately 170 metres above sea level. To get an idea, that is less than half the height of the Empire State Building! With an average rainfall of 767mm recorded over the last 8 years, and experts  predicting the rapid rise in sea levels, efforts such as the Climate Tile have been welcomed with open arms by Danish Design Award.

“The Climate Tile” by Third Nature

According to Third Nature, this 50-metre long Climate Tile-equipped sidewalk will collect data through the changing seasons on how to manage different weather types, weighting loads, salting, etc. This solution is aimed towards a positive use of climate change in developing cities that are more robust and sustainable. Local politics aside, this technology has great potential in Denmark and on an international scale, and has redefined techniques of rainwater management.

As global temperatures soar, there is an ever-pronounced need to reconsider and reinvent traditional techniques of urban planning and energy production in order to ease repercussions on the environment. Optimal use of geographical scenarios, topography, and other present-day elements is the best way forward to minimise our global footprint.

We have a lot to learn from a country that has managed to make a whole island self-sufficient (Go Samsø!). Governments all around the world must prioritise the allocation of resources and adoption of improved methods that revolve around sustainability to help usher in a better tomorrow.

If your city has similar (or better!) sustainable architectural marvels, feel free to mention them in the comments below.

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What I wish I knew prior to hiring an Architect

Shortly after I moved into my house I started noticing that certain aspects of the general design of the house don’t serve me well. As a result I made a resolve to hire an architect as well as a general contractor to see through minor renovations to the house according to my personal preferences. Some of the obvious places around the house that I wanted the renovations to touch on include the kitchen, the closets, ceiling and floors. Through the renovations however, things do not go smoothly. Besides running way past the budget, it took twice as long as expected.  

Even though I did a lot of research prior to commencing the work, I wonder why it still took more money than expected and a lot more time than anticipated. Popular opinion is that when doing renovations, there is always the risk of running into trouble with the architect hired. For me, this was not the case, sine the general contractor whom I had hired ended up playing such a significant role than expected as far as the quality and smooth running of the renovations is concerned. In spite of all that: there are still some things which I realized that I wish I had known prior to signing the agreement with the architect.  

By the time the renovations were complete, I realized that architects won’t necessarily handle most of the responsibilities during general renovations. Had I not assumed anything during the initial do over in choosing an architect we certainly would have discussed and gone through all the options which in turn would have provided for a joint shared set of expectations from the contract and most importantly from the budget? More specifically, below is an overview of what I wish I knew prior to hiring an Architect, they include the fact that:

Architects are responsible for drafting plans

Architects are designing the house plan.

Architects are able to come up with technical drawing which just so you know are also key in helping flesh out construction or renovation ideas. As a matter of fact, the drafted plan by architects help set realistic expectations and most importantly help fast track permits besides guiding contractors while onsite working on construction or renovations.

Architects should be creative

I love anything that is visually appealing and if I knew in advance that architects are also able to incorporate visually interesting elements such as having more light featuring on the floor than the actual plans seems to allow, including secretive storage areas amongst other things then I would have definitely asked the architect I hired to feature some of the special elements into the initial plan and feature a few more others during the course of the plan.

Architects should advise on fixtures and finishes

The phrase fixtures and finishes is mostly used in reference to paint jobs, tiling, flooring, kitchen and countertop works, lighting etc as such, having hired an architect, they should be able to serve as the point person and recommend fixtures as well as finishes especially if you haven’t contracted a designer to see through your finishing.

Architects are responsible for identifying and managing the contractor

Blueprints on an architect table. House project and drawing

Most experienced contractors always have a work towards maintaining good working relationships with several reputable contractors. Whoever you hire should therefore recommend a few potential contractors to bid on your project that you can work with

Architects should be responsible for the overall management of the project

Renovations just like constructions have several constantly moving aspects.  This is clearly evident from the fact that besides having people to coordinate, you also need permits and have to see through finishes and fixtures not to mention orders to track. Although contractors are more than able to handle some of the above mentioned responsibilities, architects too can serve as point men for instance by helping you understand the deadline of specific items you may have ordered, identifying specialized sub contractors and even keeping track of processes which fall slightly out of the general scope of the construction or renovation.

Architects should offers suggestion that would help keep the project on time

Design Studio Architect Creative Occupation Meeting Blueprint Concept

This is another level of managing the project. There is no denying that getting some for of assistance in terms of timeframe can also be something that you prioritize. Besides just staying on top of the contractor and other players involved in he construction or renovations, the architect that you hire should recommend attractive finishes which should also be delivered promptly. In fact, he/she should even help you properly understand which pieces you can reasonably have taken care of shortly after you finally decide move in.  

Architects are also responsible for making suggestions that help keep the budget in check.

Design Studio Architect Creative Occupation Meeting Blueprint

This an architect can achieve by including appealing suggestions as well as cheaper alternatives for finishes that seem rather pricey. For example, they can recommend features that you should consider spending on and highlight areas where you can easily save. At the same time, they are also best placed to help you anticipate the costs which you might not be preview to having decided to undertake the renovation or construction works.

In addition to all of the above, asking the right questions would also have helped seeing through the project to its intended conclusion, questions such as:

    1. Which responsibilities does he/she handle and which ones can I handle?
    1. Which role do I play in choosing and handling fixtures and finishes?
    1. What is your strategy to see through a project of this size to its conclusion and on time and according to the budget?
    1. Are there any unexpected solutions which you may have suggested on previous projects and worked out fine?
    1. How do you deal with or handle conflict?
  1. Do you have any notable references I can contact?

From the above, you can clearly see that time during renovation or time during construction can directly be equated to money. As such if you can get an architect who you can join hands with and he would help you see through the renovations or construction according to the initial plan and work timetable then leave nothing to chance. Doing so will definitely keep you in touch with details of the project besides largely ruling out the possibility of any exorbitant budget overruns which are very common when the construction works or renovations fall behind deadline.

In as much as the architect that I hired drew up the required plans and even went as far as helping me identify the experienced contractors to bid on the project not to mention helping manage the contractor I settled for, I was still disappointed on several other fronts. This is primarily because the fees involved turned out to be way more exorbitant that initially accounted for. From the above, it is clearly evident that I never asked the proper questions during our search for an architect to help with the renovations. Had I only know the above mentioned things, I would definitely have found the perfect fit to see through the project and it would have turned out completely different.