Happy Birthday to Us: ArchDaily Turns 5!

  • 11 Mar 2013
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has fed the addiction of architecture to me. The first thing I do in the morning and before I go to sleep, is check from the most interesting and inspiring designs from around the world utilizing the most advanced and socially responsible techniques. Architecture and design choose the user, the user does not choose architecture and design. In this way has allowed the creativity to flow more rapidly throughout my veins and caus[ed] more creativity to flourish. Thank you for aiding in times of frustration and times of designer block. Thank you for the effort you put forth for the architecture and design community, and you are a vital resource.” - Chris Siminski, ArchDaily reader and Facebook Fan

Five years ago, ArchDaily was a tiny 5-man operation, spearheaded by two Architecture grads with a very simple dream: to shake-up and democratize traditional architectural media. Fast-forward five years later, and we’re the most visited architecture web site in the world, with over 280,000 daily readers and 70 million pageviews every month.

We’re celebrating today with a doodle (see above) and lots of fantastic content – keep your eyes peeled for the 20 Most Visited Projects of All Time, the 5 Most Read Posts of All Time, and an ArchDaily original Infographic telling our story.

And of course, we’d like to use this occasion to thank you, ArchDaily readers. You’ve meant everything to us these past 5 years, and we’d love it if you could tell us what we’ve meant for you. So please share your thoughts in the comments below! And have a very happy ArchDaily birthday!

What Architects Say About ArchDaily:

“By creating a growing, global archive of architecture and information over the past 5 years, ArchDaily continues to be a fantastic resource for COOKFOX. ArchDaily’s in-depth exploration of projects, and the people behind them, has allowed us to discover more within this diverse and wide-ranging community.” RICK COOK (COOKFOX Architects)

“I am a total addict of ArchDaily by now, and look several times a day when I can, and forward the link to everyone I know.” – STANLEY SAITOWITZ (Natoma Architects INC)

“ArchDaily is a very sophisticated and thorough site. You guys deserve a lot of applause for what you’re doing. It’s nice to see something out there that’s telling the varied story of architecture [...] I’m very impressed by it!” – HANI RASHID (Asymptote Architecture)

”I think ArchDaily is an incredibly important engine for communication and for elevating the conversation about architecture. The fact that ArchDaily has been able to be part of a global conversation, and in fact help shape it, is extraordinary. It is an invention that’s very very young and its impact is so powerful.” – MARION WEISS (Weiss/Manfredi)

”What you guys have been able to do is become part of a conversation and an exchange of ideas. ArchDaily has the gift to make the global conversation more intelligent, and that’s exciting. It’s nice to see that emerge.” – MICHAEL MANFREDI (Weiss/Manfredi)

”I find ArchDaily incredibly inspiring, immediate, and accessible [...] It does a tremendous service in promoting architecture from all around the world.” – MARK SEXTON (Krueck & Sexton)

“ArchDaily is spurring a discussion and advancing the discipline. It is architecture pushing architecture forward. I think that’s fantastic. I hope more and more people outside the field will become knowledgeable of this website [...] What i think is wonderful is that it’s substantial and grounded in the actual buildings, and not a glossy representation. I’m really tired of that. I’m not going to name the magazines, but they really aren’t giving the same diversity of cross-sections through architecture that ArchDaily has been able to do. You’ve made that work for architecture in a really effective way.” – PRESTON SCOTT COHEN (Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design)

“I think that the most exciting thing about ArchDaily is how you go into depth with plans and sections and one can really go deeply into a project. That’s what makes it special.” – STEVEN HOLL (Steven Holl Architects)

”ArchDaily always has interesting things on it. There’s not a time when when I’ve gone to it where I haven’t slowed down to read something or clicked on a particular project. I don’t know what it is about the way you select the work that gets put there, but somehow it always has something that I’m curious about [...] It has something new every single day, it’s refreshed. It’s like a newspaper – I read the NYTimes every day, and it’s that kind of daily ritual, whether it’s at lunch or first thing in the morning, or the last thing i do before i go to bed. These images roll around my head and I find myself to be more curious after looking at your site.” – THOMAS PHIFER (Thomas Phifer and Partners)

“These guys have changed the way architecture is viewed online, and have opened an incredible venue for small offices to reach a wide audience.” – FREDERICO NEGRO (CASE Design)

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Happy Birthday to Us: ArchDaily Turns 5!" 11 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=341393>
  • Farid Apandi

    Happy Birthday to all at ArchDaily! Thanks for the daily dose of inspiring images for the past five years! Keep up the excellent work!

  • mr.unu

    HB :D

  • joey

    I’m a arch student from China.Today is also my birthday! I’ve read ArchDaily for one year.Hope you can share more beautiful architecture in the future! Sorry fro my English^_^

  • arsalan afshar

    HBD AD

  • FJ Consultants

    Keep up the good work! Happy Birthday Archdaily!!

  • Emilio

    Happy Birthday ArchDaily! Keep up the excellent work! Are we invited to the party? haha

  • arumugam .k

    happy birthday arch daily, i hope not after five, even after 500 or above this resource of architecture, will be keeping on adding.
    salute to the ideal minds behind, those led the foundation, for this incredible website.

  • arumugam .k

    happy birthday arch daily, i hope not just after five, even after 500 or above this inextinctable resource of architecture will keep on adding. salute to those ideal minds that led the foundations of the incredible website.

  • Julie White

    Happy birthay Arch Daily :) 5 and counting I hope!

  • Anatoly Hilyuta

    Congradulations with first considerable jubilee!
    I like yours integrated approach to the matter,
    briefly and to the point:
    - photos, as “in progress”/”after” images;
    - technical drawings and data;
    - text, as independent idea-support info

  • Fernando Gobbo

    I love this website. Happy Birthday ArchDaily.
    Keep up the excellent work!

  • Nikita

    Happy birthday!!! And thank’s for your works!!! You’re Great!!!

  • Philippe Legrand

    Happy Birthday to you ArchDaily! You are the best information provider on architecture and urbanism. I am a great fan! Keep going! Philippe

  • Xuan

    Happy Birthday to all at ArchDaily!

  • Billy Ng

    Real good!!Been following ArchDaily for a year & hope to continue witnessing greatness here!

  • moham Yousefi

    happy to all partners!

  • Amir Lotfian

    happy to all … !! :)

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  • Luke Decena

    Happy Birthday to all at ArchDaily! truely the “daily” inspiring architecture feed became a lifestyle to all of us readers. we are grateful! gracias davids!

  • ayesha shafiq

    happy birthday to u. I love arch daily

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  • Linh Ho

    Happy Birthday ARCH DAILY ….. I love , i love , i love ARCH DAILY

  • http://www.renderingofarchitecture.com Cristina Alonso

    keep working, you do an excellent job! happy birthday!!

  • adizsm

    happy birthday Archdaily! You guys helped a lot during my college days :)

  • Solomon Schweitzer

    Happy Birthday Archdaily! I absolutely am inspired to break the limits of my mind. Thank you for your work, fervor, streamlined ideals. Bravo!

  • alireza

    happy birthday. keep good work.

  • LEE

    Happy Birthday !I have been with you grow