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The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Architecture 2017

These firms are tackling some of the biggest challenges of the day, from climate change to social justice.

The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Architecture 2017
Governors Island “The Hills” by West 8 Photo: courtesy of West 8

For decades, architectural discourse was dominated by the notion that a single iconic building could reshape a neighborhood. Today, the best architecture firms are taking a more nuanced approach to the built environment. They’re using design and technology to tackle everything from climate change to social justice, and they are doing so not as lone geniuses toiling away in the dark, but in collaboration with clients, neighborhoods, and cities. The starchitecture era is dead.

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The companies listed here exemplify this holistic method, whether they’re adapting old buildings for new uses, experimenting with bleeding-edge materials, or building 21st-century parks.

Click on a company name to learn more about why it made the list.

01. WEST 8
For meeting the rising tides

02. TOD WILLIAMS BILLIE TSIEN ARCHITECTS | PARTNERS
For putting community at the center of design

03. AMANDA LEVETE ARCHITECTS
For merging architecture with topography

04. NELSON BYRD WOLTZ
For planting the neighborhood of the future

05. RAAD STUDIO
For designing below ground

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06. SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL
For expanding the range of materials available to architects

07. CANNONDESIGN
For taking a quantitative approach to architecture

08. ADJAYE ASSOCIATES
For honoring the full scope of American history

09. HOLLWICH KUSHNER (HWKN)
For making adaptive reuse sexy

10. REX
For mastering the experimental facade

This article is part of our coverage of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2017.

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