A (still quickly) growing, alphabetical list of architectural firms that I find impressive because of at least one of the following:

  • the experience of their finished buildings
  • the design and intense research process they engage in
  • their drawings , graphic sensibilities, website, etc.
  • their approach to materials, craft, fabrication, ornament…

Many of the principals of these firms have come to lecture at CMU in the past few years, always a memorable way to get to know a firm’s work.

LOCAL Pittsburgh Firms


David Adjaye Associates, London

ARO – Architecture Research Office, New York (Adam Yarinsky)

Atelier Big City, Montreal (Howard Davies)

Shigeru Ban Architects, Tokyo

Will Bruder & Partners, Phoenix

Wendell Burnette Architects, Phoenix

Santiago Calatrava, Zurich

Preston Scott Cohen, Boston

Della Vale Bernheimer, New York

Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, New York

Erdy McHenry Architects, Philadelphia

Fernau & Hartman Architects, Berkeley

FOA – Foreign Office Architects, Japan & UK

Studio Gang, Chicago

Herzog & de Meuron, Basel

Hodgetts & Fung, Los Angeles

Steven Holl Architects, New York

Iwamoto, Scott Architects, Berkeley (Lisa Iwamoto)

Jersey Devil Design/Build, Seattle (Steve Badanes)

Jones, Partners Architects, El Segundo, CA (Wes Jones)

Kieran, Timberlake Architects, Philadelphia

LTL – Lewis, Tsurumaki, Lewis, New York

LOTEK, New York (Ada Tolla & Giuseppe Lignano)

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Nova Scotia

Michael Maltzan, Los Angeles

Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle

Toshiko Mori Architects, Boston

Morphosis, Los Angeles (Tom Mayne, see also “Morphopedia“)

MOS Architects, Boston & New Haven (Meredith & Sample)

Eric Owen Moss Architects, Culver City, CA

Glenn Murcutt, Australia

MVRDV, Rotterdam

Office d’A, Boston & Ann Arbor (Monica Ponce de Leon & Nader Tehrani)

Olsen Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, Seattle

Onion Flats, Philadelphia (Tim McDonald)

Patkau Architects, Vancouver, BC

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Italy

Peter Pran, NBBJ etc., Lawrence, KS

SANAA, Tokyo (Sejima & Nishizawa)

Saucier + Perrotte Architects, Montreal

Mack Scogin Merril Elam Architects, Atlanta

SHoP Architects, New York (Sharples, Holden, Pasquarelli)

Smith-Miller & Hawkinson Architects, New York

UN Studio, Rotterdam (Caroline Bos & Ben van Berkel)

Williams/Tsien Architects, New York (Tod Williams & Billie Tsien)

Peter Zumthor, Switzerland

… more to come, I’ve only just begun…


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