Social Media is much more than just a medium to keep in touch with your friends and family. Millennials today can look for career opportunities, participate in a wide array of competitions, and even earn a living through social media.
For architects especially the visual platform of Instagram is proving to be a major boon. You can be a design enthusiast, an avid sketcher, a young architect, or simply someone who appreciates beautiful buildings photographed adroitly, Instagram has something for everyone!
With millions of posts hashtagged architecture and thousands of marvelous architecture firms with their accounts, it’s easy to get a little dazzled. For all architecture aficionados and budding professionals out there, we have short-listed 10 firms with the best Instagram pages. Our list includes some major players of the architecture industry, along with some smaller firms that just might surprise you with their fresh ideas and perspectives!
1. Kengo Kuma & Associates
Kengo Kuma is a Japanese architect who established his firm “Kengo Kuma & Associates” in 1990. The firms’ projects exhibit an interesting play of light and shadow, which has become their hallmark. With architectural projects designed in over 20 countries, the firm has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors. They aim to design culturally and environmentally conscious buildings that fulfill human needs.
2. Frida Escobedo
Frida Escobedo is a Mexican architect who focuses on designing and restoring urban spaces. She established her own architectural and Design studio in 2006. She is known for creating socially interactive spaces with multiple uses, catering to people of all age groups. Her projects portray her love for bold, dynamic art, segueing perfectly into architecture. Most of her projects seamlessly combine traditional Mexican architecture with a modernist approach.
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a Dutch architectural firm founded in 1975. It is currently led by nine partners, one of them being master architect Rem Koolhaas. The firm maintains offices in multiple cities and has worked on a diverse range of projects over the years. OMA believes in paying meticulous attention to every aspect of a project, with sufficient time provided for the design to develop to its full potential. The firm is known for popularizing contemporary architecture with an edge. Many of their projects are striking, seemingly gravity-defying structures.
4. Serie Architects
Serie Architects was co-founded in the year 2008 by architect Christopher Lee in London and architect Kapil Gupta in Mumbai. The firm currently has offices in London, Mumbai and, Singapore. Serie Architects focuses on designing elegant structures with contextual engagement and spatial intelligence. The firm is known for its innovative use of materials, and geometry-based design approach. The practice is known for emphasizing on the study of building typologies and their evolution over time, as a basis for creating new structures.
5. Helen & Hard Architects
Helen & Hard is a Norway based architectural firm that was founded in 1996. The firm comprises of architects from 10 countries working together with the ideology of creating sustainable structures. The firms’ philosophy involves exploring the basic elements of architecture to come up with synergistic design solutions. Helen & Hard is known for incorporating timber as a construction material in numerous projects, in ingenious ways.
6. Vincent Van Duysen Architects
Vincent Van Duysen Architects was established in 1990 in Belgium and focuses not just on architecture but also on product design. Their projects are spread across Europe, the Middle-East, and the USA. The firm is known for using pure and tactile materials to create clear and timeless design solutions. Functionality, durability, and comfort are the prime hallmarks of their work. Their projects are known to be not only aesthetically pleasing but also people-friendly.
Landscapeindia was founded in 1973 by architect Prabhakar Bhagwat. The firm follows the motto “every aspect of the design must celebrate the gift of life”. Aside from landscape design, the firm has also worked on projects focusing on environmental planning, master planning and, architecture over the past four decades. The firm is known for its intense design-based approach, with scrupulous attention paid to every aspect of the project from its conception to its execution.
8. Herzog & de Meuron
Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd. is an architectural firm with its head office in Switzerland. The firm is known for its minimalist and clean architecture style. Their projects range from being pure, simplistic forms to more complex and dynamic geometries. They are also known for playing with different materials while respecting their integrity. The firm was awarded the coveted Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2001, amongst various other accolades.
9. MAD Architects
MAD Architects is an architectural firm based in Beijing with offices in Los Angeles, New York and, Rome. It was founded by architect Ma Yansong in 2004. The firm is known for designing futuristic and technologically advanced buildings. Their projects are known for having unique, organic forms with natural influences.
Snohetta is an architectural firm based in New York and Oslo. It was founded in 1989, and since then has expanded globally with studios in numerous other cities. The firm focuses on architecture in all its forms. It aims to push the world forward through architecture, creating places that can make a difference and leave their mark. The firm is known for its distinctive architectural style that ranges from minimalism to expressionism.