Fast Company Names Top 10 Most Innovative Practices in Architecture

Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects

Fast Company has announced who they believe to be the most innovative practices in architecture for 2014. Topping this list is New York’s SHoP Architects who has gone from “boutique to big commissions in only a few years.” See who made the list after the break and let us know who you believe is the world’s most innovative firms in the comment section below.

1) SHoP Architects

Penn Station, Re-Imagined / SHoP Architects Proposal

2) Zaha Hadid Architects

Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

3) Diller Scofidio + Renfro 

The High Line’s “Spur” /


Biodome for Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters / NBBJ

5) NL Architects

Barneveld Noord / © Bart van Hoek

6) AL_A

EDP Cultural Centre / Amanda Levete Architects


Urban Townhouse / GLUCK+ © Raimund Koch

8) David Rockwell

Pop-Up “Talk” Theater for TED2014 / David Rockwell

9) Clive Wilkinson

Ropemaker / Clive Wilkinson Architects


Art Depot for Museumpark / MVRDV

You can read Fast Company’s reasoning behind their selections, here.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Fast Company Names Top 10 Most Innovative Practices in Architecture" 28 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • schlumpus

    I will never understand why Zaha Hadid’s designs are celebrated as innovative! She is the louis vuitton among the starchitects!

    • Hanz

      Read “The Autopoiesis of Architecture: A New Framework for Architecture” by Partik Schumacher and then you can talk about how innovative or not innovative Zaha Hadid Architects are.

      • callmecritical

        I read it, and I’m that much more convinced of her (and his) lack of innovation. it’s a rehash of outdated modernist ideas – it’s just that the forms celebrated by the dogma are curvy and differentiated instead of white and cubic.

  • Sjoerdrasing

    Love Studio Mumbai. A building is just a small thing with respect for a big world instead of the other way around. It is for people and has to be by people. And it is a craft and has to be made as one.

  • Luis de Souza

    I’d include Brazilian-French studio Triptych. To me they are doing the most interesting work in Brazil by far.

  • Jon

    The title could have been : most innovative practicies in the anglo-saxon world. Don’t you think ? Or is the rest of the world non-innovative by definition ?

    • Luis de Souza

      Good point. Innovation is easier when you have the money. Brazilian Architect Jamie Lerner said innovation begins when you take a zero off the budget… Doing more with less is the true innovation to me, not messing about in Rhino 3D.

    • Yijun Wu

      Cannot agree more!