April 06 2012

Top Architecture Company Websites

An effective architecture company website can increase business and attract talented staff, which is why we’ve selected a few to illustrate how it SHOULD be done! We’ve selected these sites based on the following criteria: design, ease of use, copywriting, interactivity, use of technology, innovation and content.

OMA European Union

Like any creative industry, architectural websites should convey the same level of design excellence that their buildings do.  This is a good example of a simple, but stylish website that ties in with their elegant and quirky designs.

Barkow Leibinger Architects

An effective website must be easy to navigate, and allow the user to get to the information they need quickly. This site has large tabs, simple graphics and a clear layout which makes it easy to find what you’re looking for – whether it’s only the telephone number or a specific project.

The text which accompanies images of your projects must be clear and simple to understand for a non-technical observer.  Key details about where, how, and why the project succeeded are important to write about.  Brooks + Scarpa go one step further with a PDF cutsheet for every project, allowing anyone to print or save.

Daniel Libeskind Architecture

The homepage has a video as well as tabs to Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds.  This quickly illustrates how to tell others about their site or check what they’re saying on social media sites.

Zaha Hadid

A website that is memorable and unique, like architecture, can set it apart from the rest. Zaha Hadid’s website is in your face and brimming with routes to areas to explore. Including an archive of articles in the press projects an authoritative impression of an architectural practice.  Even better, if you have books about the company’s work, add a link to where to buy it!

Do you have a favourite architecture company website?

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Laura Paterson

Laura Paterson is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and Edinburgh College of Art. She holds a B.Arch in Architectural Studies and a PG Diploma in Architecture and is currently studying for a M.Sc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies with the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales. A qualified United Kingdom architect, Laura was born and still lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh, with its a rich source of historic buildings was what inspired her to study Architecture. With experience in refurbishing Victorian houses, Laura has a particular interest in sustainable, low carbon refurbishment of historic buildings and passive approaches to building design.

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2 Responses to “Top Architecture Company Websites”

  1. Nick Hoag Says:

    Great list. I also appreciate the design of the following two architecture sites: http://workstead.com and http://jamesmerrellarchitects.com. They do great work and it shows, with some beautiful fullscreen imagery and great navigation techniques.

  2. Kevin Johnston Says:

    Wow. Some of these are basically the worst websites you could possibly do for architecture (zaha-hadid is BRUTAL)

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