5 of the Country’s Hottest Architectural Firms

We’ve rounded up five of the smartest and hottest architects and their projects for your viewing pleasure. To us, there is nothing sexier than being smart.

Photo by: Eric Staudenmaier This Los Angeles residential home for men in transition was built in the 1920s. Koning Eizenberg restored and redesigned the entire structure, adding a new wing, a garden and social space. 

When it comes to buildings and their interiors, calling something “best” or “favorite” can be completely subjective. It is often simply a matter of taste. But when referring to architecture that is just plain smart, objectivity comes into play. In this case, smart refers to the judicious use of space with regard to the environment, the utilization of sustainable materials as well as respect for the public enjoying the space. The result is buildings that feel good and look good. 

The five architectural firms in this roundup include Lake-Flato of San Antonio; William Rawn Associates of Boston; Koning Eizenberg of Los Angeles; Boora Architects of Portland, Ore.; Richard Williams Architects of Washington, D.C. Their notable and multiple award-winning projects include a Texas lake house retreat (Lake-Flato); an acoustically superior music hall and a college dorm (William Rawn); a midcentury modern hotel and apartment homes (Koning Eizenberg); a coastal retreat (Boora) and a minimalist mountain home and guesthouse (Richard Williams). 

When choosing these projects, we noted that there was one emotion seconded by all of the firms: communication – from the ground up. And let’s face it, a partner that actually listens to you is pretty darn sexy as well. 

We encourage you to check out the individual firms’ websites for more photos, projects and mission statements. Some of them have great before and after shots and a list of accolades. 

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