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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Clark Nexsen
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14. Brooks + Scarpa
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
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.