Winners of 1st A+Firm Awards Announced

rchitizer, the world’s largest online platform for architecture, announced this week the winners of the 1st Annual A+Firm Awards, a new architectural awards program created to spotlight the architects behind the world’s best buildings and spaces. Building on the success of its A+Awards program, the world’s largest architectural awards program, this new program is the first of its kind dedicated to celebrating AEC companies of all sizes, geographies, and specializations. 


Foster + Partners - Apple Park
Photo credit: Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

An incredible range of architecture and consulting firms participated in the inaugural season, with some 400 firms — hailing from 50 countries across 6 continents — submitting portfolios for consideration. An influential jury of creative thought leaders has awarded 31 firms with the top honor of World’s Best. From far-flung, relatively unknown studios, to some of the industry’s most illustrious names, Winning firms illustrate the diverse talent designing and delivering incredible architecture today. 


Neri&Hu - New Shanghai Theatre
Photo credit: Pedro Pegenaute

Best Overall Winners include:

  • Foster + Partners (Best XL Firm)
  • Neri&Hu Design and Research Office (Best Large Firm)
  • Koichi Takada Architects (Best Medium Firm)
  • Shulin Architectural Design (Best Small Firm)
  • OFFICE OFF COURSE (Best Young Firm)

View the complete list of winners on the Architizer website


Koichi Takada Architects - National Museum of Qatar Gift Shops
Photo credit: Tom Ferguson


OFFICE OFF COURSE - 123+ Growth Center

The prestigious A+Firm Awards Jury, which includes luminaries such as Virgil Abloh (Founder, Off-White), Kelly Wearstler (Founder, Kelly Wearstler Design), Toshiko Mori (Principal, Toshiko Mori Architect), and David Rockwell (Chairman, Rockwell Group), expressed their admiration for the evolving efforts of firms working at the forefront of contemporary design. 


Neri&Hu - New Shanghai Theatre
Photo credit: Pedro Pegenaute

In keeping with the A+Awards’ mission to democratize architecture and honor innovation, dedicated awards were also given for firms responding in dynamic ways to evolving global challenges. Honors for project specializations and geographies that represent millions of global stakeholders include:

  • MASS Design Group (Best Humanitarian Architecture)
  • Mecanoo (Best Cultural Architecture)
  • Department of ARCHITECTURE Co. (Best in Asia)
  • Koffi & Diabaté Group (Best in Africa)

In collaboration with its official partners, Architizer will honor A+Firm Awards winners online. Select Winners will also be featured in Aesthetica’s Future Now Symposium and in “Architizer: The World’s Best Architects,” a stunning, hardcover book set for publication in Fall 2021.

About Architizer

Based in NYC, it has started its online platform from 2009. This is the largest online community of architects in the world, which provides information on outstanding architecture, interior, furniture, and products throughout the world. Architizer has hosted the A+Award annually, since 2013.