With the rise of industries and mass production after the industrial revolution, Industrial architecture rose to prominence. Industrial architecture is highly complex as it involves a thorough understanding of the technicalities of industrial processes in order to design effectively. Sustainable design practices also need to be considered, and integrated into the overall design of the building.

Below are 15 Industrial Architecture Firms that every architect must know.

1. AECOM

Globally, AECOM is a leader in industrial and infrastructure projects in both private and public sectors. Their work includes renowned projects such as industrial facilities for GE and Rolls Royce, Huawei Nanjing Research & Development Center, Envision Energy Headquarters, etc. With a vision to ‘make the world a better place’, the architecture and design department of this multi-disciplinary firm believes in the integration of sustainable design practices with strong design strategies.

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Envision Energy Headquarters, Jiangyin, China, is a project designed by AECOM for a wind turbine manufacturer. The spatial design concepts were based on movement and wind energy. ©AECOM

2. Stantec

With communities are at the forefront of all design considerations at Stantec, their work spans across a variety of domains of design and architectural engineering. Through an intimate connection with communities and clients, they strive to create better lifestyles for individuals and institutions. In the industrial sector, the firm is actively involved in spatial design as well as suggesting process improvements. These methodologies are reflected in all their projects, a few of which are pictured below.

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DjavadMowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, located in Vancouver, is a translational research facility. ©Stantec
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Biologics Research Building is a facility designed for a biopharmaceutical company as an extension to their existing facility. ©Stantec
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Mafraq Dialysis Centre, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. ©Stantec

 

3. Jacobs

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Foundation Medicine Interior Laboratory is a project that uses the concept of transparency to design a laboratory space for Foundation Medicine. © Jacobs
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Spark Therapeutics, Corporate Headquarters & Research Facility is located in downtown Philadelphia at One Drexel Plaza. It consists of spaces for labs, offices, and amenities. © Jacobs 3.
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CSL Parkville Global Corporate Headquarters is also the R&D base for CSL Parkville – an organization supporting the manufacture of plasma products, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals. © Jacobs 2.

The firm is focused on finding creative solutions to real problems and finds inspiration even in the most ordinary places. With a goal to transform abstract ideas into real-world solutions, they have completed a large number of healthcare, commercial, educational, and industrial projects.

4. Gresham, Smith and Partners

With an emphasis on a collaborative process of design, Gresham, Smith and Partners specializes in creating spaces that are both creative and functional. Their work ranges across multiple scales, from Civil and Public Services to Residential. Having executed various projects in the industrial architecture category, they stand to be one of the most recognized firms in this field.

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Continental Morganton Plant Expansion is an expansion project undertaken to provide 83,000-square-foot expansion to the existing facility © GS&P
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LG Home Appliance Manufacturing Centre, located in Clarksville, features automated processes for assembly. Special consideration was given to landscaping and daylighting in this project in order to create an employee-friendly facility. © GS&P
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Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Training Centre is a steel-framed structure that houses administrative offices, classrooms, and manufacturing simulations. © GS&P

5. Ewing Cole

The firm has a vision to ‘Design spaces that elevate human experience’ while designing that provide meaningful experiences. Using a combination of research, creativity spaces, and technology, they create spaces that positively impact the user experience.

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Manufacturing and Office Facility for Kite Pharma. Image Credit: EwingCole, ©www.ewingcole.com
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Research Incubation Facility for Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC is located in San Francisco ©www.ewingcole.com
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Discovery and Innovation building is a lung evaluation facility combined with a life sciences incubator for biotech entrepreneurs, and an automated stem cell manufacturing site ©www.ewingcole.com

 

6. Clark Nexsen

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Solvent Coating Plant. ©www.clarknexsen.com
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US Ceramics Proppant Plant, Wrens, GA. ©www.clarknexsen.com
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Logistec Wood Pellet Storage Facility, Brunswick, GA. ©www.clarknexsen.com

The firm consists of a transdisciplinary team of planners, architects, engineers, and interior designers partners who work together to create innovative solutions. They believe that ideas have the power to transform the world and their focus lies on sustainable design that is also innovative.

7. RSP

With projects and offices located all over the world, RSP is a leader in the field of architecture and design. In every project, they strive to achieve results that are concurrent with the client’s objectives and goals.

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Whole Foods Distribution Centre. ©www.rsparch.com
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Entrust Datacard. ©www.rsparch.com
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Supima Headquarters. ©www.rsparch.com

8. Moody Nolan

The firm defines themselves as ‘entrepreneurs, not just architects.’ Their ability to adapt talents to different circumstances helps provide a holistic performative space to a client. Having a multidisciplinary team allows the firm to effortlessly execute projects spanning a variety of domains.

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Corporate Headquarters for the Catholic Foundation. ©www.moodynolan.com
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Rainbow Center for Women and Children. ©www.moodynolan.com
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The Terminal Garage and Administration Building is the parking garage and administrative office at the Nashville International Airport. ©www.moodynolan.com

9. HOK

Consisting of a global network of designers, the firm ‘uses design to make a difference’. They believe that architecture and culture are strongly related and their work shapes cultures of the client and the community.

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LG Science Park is a 26 building campus located in Seoul. © HOK
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The Francis Crick Institute, located in the United Kingdom is built on the concept of discovery without borders. This open plan research center creates a collaborative environment for innovation. © HOK
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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters is a 75 story tower that is a new landmark in the skyline of the city. © HOK

10. OZ Architecture

A practice that is more than half a century old, OZ architecture has an impressive portfolio of projects in both the private and public sectors. They believe in having a pioneering spirit along with an attitude of openness and collaboration.

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The Loading Dock. ©www.ozarch.com
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Silverthorne Performing Arts Center © www.ozarch.com
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Arrow Electronics ©www.ozarch.com

11. Kirksey Architecture

Based in Houston and Austin, this firm strongly believes in the responsible design of  high performing and healthy buildings. Using a combination of innovation and sustainability in every design process has helped the firm emerge as a leader in the field.

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Brazosport College, Byron and Sandra Sadler Health & Science Technology Complex. ©www.kirksey.com
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Energy Centre Three, Four and Five. ©www.kirksey.com

12. Randall Paulson Architects

The firm specializes in a range of design-related activities, ranging from architecture to graphic design. The firm believes in tailoring their approach and services to meet the specific needs of each client and project.

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Braselton Distribution Center. ©www.randallpaulson.com
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ASOS.  ©www.randallpaulson.com
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Satellite Logistics Center. ©www.randallpaulson.com

13. Signal Architecture + Research

The firm believes in strong project planning along with a partnership with their clients in order to create architecture that connects people to place. They craft unique and innovative spatial experiences through materials, light, and nature.

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Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center ©www.signalarch.com
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Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center ©www.signalarch.com

14. Brooks + Scarpa

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Metalsa center for manufacturing innovation. ©www.brooksscarpa.com
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Florida Holocaust Memorial. ©www.brooksscarpa.com
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Cape Canaveral Air Support Building. ©www.brooksscarpa.com

Consisting of a collective of designers, Brooks+Scarpa is an award-winning firm, honored with awards such as the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award and 2010 State of California and National American Institute of Architecture Firm Award. The design process of the firm is through a combination of research and design technology which helps create designs that are responsive to the context and the environment.

15. SAAM Architecture

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UMass Amherst Integrative Learning Center ©www.saam-arch.com
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Newport Art Museum Restoration. ©www.saam-arch.com
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Harvard Biochemistry Research Lab ©www.saam-arch.com

The firm is a certified WBE (Women Owned Business Enterprise) and located in Boston. With a collaborative approach to architecture and design thinking, this young firm has a range of projects.

Author

Anashwara Mandalay is an Architect, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Interior Design. She believes that the true success of design lies in creative solutions to everyday problems, which drives her interest in minimalism and sustainable design practices. While her work encompasses graphics, product, interior, and architectural design, she is drawn to academia and journalism. She finds inspiration in the most unexpected places - her inclination towards travel, film, visual art and photography play a leading role in her work as a multi-faceted designer.

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