Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Practices in Architecture

  • 12 Feb 2013
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425 Park Avenue / Foster + Partners

Fast Company has released a list of what they believe to be the world’s top ten most innovative companies in architecture. From applauding Wang Shu’s abstinence from westernization to praising Mazzanti Arquitectos for transforming impoverished areas of crime into community hubs, this compilation honors some of the world’s most influential practices, regardless of their size.

Review the complete list after the break and share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

1) Foster+Partners 

Datong Art Museum design revealed by Foster + Partners

2) Snøhetta 

Busan Opera House Winning Proposal / Snøhetta

3) Adjaye Associate 

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture / Adjaye Associates

4) Wang Shu 

Ningbo Historic Museum / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio © Iwan Baan

5) Perkins+Will 

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre / Perkins+Will

6) Herzog & de Meuron 

56 Leonard Street / Herzog & de Meuron

7) Populous 

2018 World Cup: Rostov Stadium / Populous

8) Arup 

Singapore Sports Hub / Arup © Singapore Sports Hub, Oaker

9) Mazzanti Arquitectos 

Four Sport Scenarios / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (Plan:b) © Iwan Baan

10) Lake|Flato 

Lake Austin Residence / Lake|Flato Architects © Hester + Hardaway

Agree? Let us know who you would add to the list and why.

via Fast Company

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Practices in Architecture" 12 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Sep 2014. <>


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    SHoP Architects?

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    You forgot Renzo Piano

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    Hadid is not innovative. She does the same parametirc rehash over and over again.

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    Perkins + Will? Populous? Seriously!?

    Even Foster + Partners, while consistently good, hardly strike me as “innovative” compared to firms like SHoP, MAD, REX, Work AC, BIG, etc.

    Definitely the weakest edition of this annual list from Fast Company.

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    Really? Mazzantti doesn’t be here… there are many architecture office in Colombia than change Comunities in Colombia. Mazzantti hasn’t a social vision of the architecture. But is just my opinion.

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    i thought archdaily has to give parameter to explain from what point the rank was made, so we wouldn,t see more negative/question comment show up

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    This is not a list of innovators in architecture but for a couple. Perhaps FC would consider having arch. experts select their list next year and actually describe the innovative practices of their choices instead of a list of projects.

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    Giancarlo Mazzanti has no place in this list, there’s no innovation in his work, and many of his buildings with any interest of poor communities are falling to pieces and were badly planned and executed (Biblioteca Sto Domingo Savio and the sports court in Cazucá only look good in photos)

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    Lake Flato as innovative??? That’s an oxymoron…who made this list…where is Renzo, SHOP, BIG?

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    I think innovation in architecture deserves more than a dry list of practices.
    If you want to talk about innovation in architecture you ought to tell a bit more about how innovative a project is and in what field.

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