We have collected the 2020 200 Most Followed US Architects/Firms on Instagram, for you to be able to sort through all of the different inspiration and ideas they present. Out of these 200 firms, Architect-US works with 69 of these firms, bringing us up to over 35% Host Company Partners! We wanted to support their work and strengthen the bonds we have with our partner companies by sharing some of their work.
We also wanted to mention some of the memorable architects that have contributed towards the common work of the industry. Helping to design the world we live in! To commend and highlight the🔝 notch work of Architect-US Partner Companies and our Participants, we have also profiled some of those wonderful firms. There are firms large, medium, and small all included, and we go in to detail about the projects and experiences that firms shared with participants. It is always helpful to review how others were able to get into the position they are currently in, and how the J1 visa can assist you in your career dreams.
Find the jam-packed list of the 2020 200 Most Followed Architects on Instagram. The list starts just after Relativity Studio is mentioned in the Host Company Partners profile list.
Snøhetta, according to the Firm,
“…began as a collaborative architectural and landscape workshop, and has remained true to its trans-disciplinary way of thinking since its inception.”
They have worked on projects of all kinds ranging from museums to products for reindeer observatories to graphics to landscapes and, as they say, even dollhouses get the same care and attention to purpose.
One of our incredible Canadian talents, Diana Rosa Franco Camacho, was able to work with Snøhetta in 2019, and got the opportunity to contribute to some state of the art projects. More recently, their Path of Perspectives project, Perspektivenweg, was named by the public vote winner for the best landscape project in Dezeen Awards 2020!
A standard within the industry, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), consists of architects, designers, engineers and planners and their global team is responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings and significant public spaces. They describe their approach as
“…highly collaborative, and their interdisciplinary team is international…Working from a network of creative studios across the globe, they are able to apply international expertise at a local level.”
We have been very grateful for the two different opportunities that were given to our participants. Both Esteban Becerril Pellon and Eftalia Proios Torras have tooted their experience at such an acclaimed firm, as a huge boost to their career prospects, and of course, their technical expertise. Eftalia is now in Barcelona working with SOM as an Architectural Designer, and Esteban used his time in Washington DC with SOM to become a Principal in Spain. Esteban was also able to stay in the USA working for longer due to his persistence to obtain the O1 Visa aka “The Extraordinary Artist” Visa.
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), an iconic Dutch firm based in Rotterdam, was founded in 1975 by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Greek architect Elia Zenghelis. They have provided Architects and Designers all over the world with inspiration to think differently and truly think outside the box.
Andres Rabano Luzano has been working with OMA for over 3 years now, and started with a J1 Visa opportunity. Andres was able to obtain the O1 Visa after finishing his J1 Visa experience with OMA. While the other participant that has been able to work with OMA, Gonzalo Samaniego Gonzalez, has been working in New York City for just under a year as a Trainee. Both have loved their experience working for such a top notch firm.
OMA is also one of the two American firms that will be participating in the first Arquia Foundation (Fundación Arquia) scholarship, in partnership with Architect-US, to be awarded for students to work in the USA. Luis Somoza was chosen the winner for the Arquia Foundation Scholarship, which is the first time that an American architecture firm accepts a Foundation Scholarship winner. After finishing his degree in Building Engineering, Luis Somoza went on to work on his Master Degree at the Polytechnic School of Architecture of Madrid, and he graduated in June 2019. Now he is looking forward to working in New York City with such an acclaimed firm.
Karim Rashid, is a Design Firm lead by the iconic Karim Rashid, who has over 4000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 40 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design. Karim has worked for countless high caliber brands ranging from Veuve Clicquot to 3M to Asus and Samsung to brand identity for Citibank and Sony Ericsson. By working at this firm, all of our participants that had the chance to collaborate with him have attested to his legendary Design.
Vita Giacovelli worked with Karim Rashid in Shenzhen, China back in 2016 and then got the chance to work as a Spatial Designer at their New York City office. Vita was able to travel the world while working with some of the best of the best! Alicia Palacios Moreno is another J1 Visa participant that has been given the opportunity to work with Karim in the USA, but due to the Pandemic those career plans are currently on hold.
Morphosis Architects, a collaborative architectural practice focused on how technology, politics, and cultural intersections of architecture, urbanism, and design intersect. The firm was founded in 1972 by Design Director Thom Mayne, and with over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards they have proven themselves to be some of the top architects in the world.
After working at Norman Foster’s Foundation, Andrés Conejero Conesa was able to work at Morphosis Architects in Culver City for a year and a half. Andres has since then been working as a Designer in Switzerland.
SHoP Architects was founded over two decades ago with the goal of combining diverse expertise in design to improve environments that impact our quality of public life.
Years ago we set out to prove that intelligent, evocative architecture can be made within real-world constraints.
María Moreno Repiso was able to work at SHoP Architects for half a year as a Junior Designer, and has since used this opportunity to expand her Architecture endeavors. Hagar Admi and Javier Martin de la Fuente both were able to Intern in New York City, and Javier was able to stay on since 2018. We were able to assist Javier with his transition from J1 visa to O1 visa with our partners, and he has been working there ever since he started with the J1 visa.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a design studio that works within the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print. DS+R’s work addresses the changing role of institutions and the future of cities.
DS+R completed two of the largest architecture and planning initiatives in New York City’s recent history: the adaptive reuse of an obsolete, industrial rail infrastructure into the High Line, a 1.5 mile-long public park, and the transformation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’.
Esha Skinner was able to work with DS+R in 2018 for half a year to learn about the different techniques and experience the New York City Architecture scene, while just out of University. Now she has taken what she learned and applied it to her current work.
Thanks to Architect-US collaboration with The Arquia Foundation (Fundación Arquia), Diller Scofidio+Renfro will also be hosting another top talent from Spain via Scholarship! Felipe Sancho Cervera was chosen one of the winners for the Arquia Foundation Scholarship, and will be going over to New York City this year to get started with an incredible firm! Felipe Sancho Cervera graduated from the Masters degree in Architecture ETSAB – Barcelona Architecture School about a year ago, and is now getting ready to make the move to the USA!
TEN Arquitectos AKA Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos, was founded in Mexico City by Enrique Norten in 1986, and by 2003 the firm was able to open up their own office in New York City. TEN Arquitectos focuses:
“…on a multitude of scales and typologies, including furniture design; single-family houses; residential, cultural and institutional buildings; as well as landscape and master planning.”
Both Nuria Heras Diez and Nieves Andrea Calvo Lopez have been able to take their initial J1 Visa experiences and turn them into longer term career decisions. Both have been able to move up in their offices, and are now references that we point to when recommending TEN Arquitectos. Nuria was able to obtain the O1 Visa with the help of TEN Arquitectos and our partner sponsors, and has been working with TEN Arquitectos ever since her J1 Visa.
AECOM is one of the largest Architecture and Engineering firms in the world. They have been behind countless classic projects around the globe. When working with AECOM, you are given the opportunity to work on projects ranging from transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment.
Alizée Marie Eugenie Auvray has been able to take what she learned at AECOM and apply it to her career work at Interstice Architects in San Francisco. By gaining a better understanding of what it is like to work at a large firm, she was better able to proactively view her career at a more mid-sized firm. Now she is trying to get her O1 Visa to stay for longer and extend her career in the USA.
HOK, one of the golden standards in the industry, is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with 23 studios spanning three continents. HOK has always focused on creating spaces that respond to the needs of people and the environment. We have been able to send three different participants to work with HOK over our long partnership. Claudia Conde Orozco has been with HOK at the New York City office since 2016, and has been able to move up to a full time Architect. Claudia was also able to take her experience from the J1 Visa and apply for the O1 Visa, which provided her with the ability to continue working with HOK.
Both Alexander Pearson and Toby James Eccleston are more recent participants that have been able to leverage their time at HOK to gain further employment in the USA and the UK since their J1 Visa Experience. Alexander is now working in London at Foster + Partners, while Toby has been working in at OBR Architecture in San Diego for over a year now!
HMC Architects is an employee owned Architecture firm that focuses on residential, educational, and healthcare buildings primarily in California. Since its inception in 1940, HMC Architects has focused on a sustainable approach to design.
Just last year, we were able to send both Arturo Rodríguez López and Alberto Lozano Duran to work with them in their Sacramento and Solana Beach offices, respectively. They are already in talks to look over possible Work Visas, including the O1 Visa that provide them with longer stays. They have both taken this chance to keep their career dreams in the USA alive, and HMC has been there to support their endeavors.
Workshop APD was founded in New York City in 1999 by Principals Matt Berman and Andrew Kotchen.
“Workshop/APD is not bound by project type or a singular aesthetic, actively leveraging past experiences to solve a myriad of design challenges. The firm offers an environment that fosters creativity and embraces technological advances in products, design, and materials.”
Their process, according to all three of the participants, is views collaboration as crucial to bringing together the necessary set of expertise to fulfill all design requirements. Eva Sanchez Moreno, Maria de las Mercedes Bernal Maurandi, and Suana Victoria Escudero Guillen were all able to work in New York City with Workshop APD. During Suana’s time there she was able to work on projects such as 2420 Amsterdam Hotel,NY, and Asbury Park Transit Village, Asbury Park,NJ. Their commitment to collaboration is clear in the technique and form in which they teach and show their new hires how they work.
Studio Tack was founded in 2012 in New York City, and they specialize in hospitality with an emphasis on collaborative design.
They highlight and are proud of the “…diverse group of people and thinking with backgrounds in architecture, interiors, real estate, construction, branding and creative direction.”
Laura Cerpa Marrero has been working with Studio Tack for over a nine months now, and has been loving their experience so far. Laura has been able to assist with her experience from previous work in Spain and studies at ETSAM. She is looking forward to possibly continuing her work in the USA to continue pursuing her life long dreams.
Andre Kikoski Architects, an internationally renowned firm that consistently creates compelling design in a variety of social and cultural contexts. The firm’s diverse portfolio includes iconic cultural, residential, hospitality and retail projects for accomplished entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and taste-makers including Guggenheim Museum, Hudson Yards, Saks Fifth Avenue, Swarovski Crystal, and most recently DHA Capital at 75 Kenmare Street.
Marta Calvinho has been an Architectural Designer with Andre Kikoski Architects for just under two years now, and they are looking at other possible Work visas to have her stay for longer since the work relationship has been so cohesive and effective. Marta recently mentioned to us that Andre has personally been able to work with her on some interesting projects and has learned so much from her first years.
Handel Architects is a world-wide firm focused on urban issues centered around sustainability and the creation of vital urban environments.
“The firm’s emphasis is on understanding the forces that shape the urban environment and how each project, from large-scale urban planning to a single high-impact urban building can become a catalyst for positive urban change.”
Handel Architects is award-winning and is known for such projects like Union House, Madison House, and the Millennium Tower Boston.
Caterina de la Portilla Borrego was able to work with Handel Architects in Boston in 2017, and since then has gone on to create her own academic practice that seeks to help Young Architects learn and improve. Caterina was able to assist with thee Greenpoint Masterplan in Brooklyn, as well as on the concept and idea team for the tallest residential building in Boston.
While Paula Hernández Mateo and Jorge Valcarcel Cavalle were also able to take their experiences from Handel Architects and apply it to their individual careers. Paula was able to attain work at Inglese Architecture and is currently working there after she got the O1 Visa awarded to her. Jorge went a little bit of a different route, and is now working on Enterprise Design and Architecture at WeWork in New York City.
FX Collaborative has a team made up of diverse expertise in architecture, interiors, and planning.
They state that their firm’s holistic approach “…integrates client aspirations, an urban sensibility, and a celebration of the craft of building.”
Their projects range from office towers to multi-family residences to cultural facilities to K-12 and higher-education institutions. They even go as far as to design Transportation hubs and urban design that defines how communities interact.
Alejandro Tintore King went from being an Urban Design Intern to a full-time Designer with FX Collaborative, and he was able to make these moves in under two years. Thus, you can see the opportunity for learning and growing within the firm that FX Collaborative provides their young Professionals.
Kieran Timberlake, since 1984, has been programming, planning, and designing new structures, and also focused on conserving and renovating structures. Their expertise is centered around education, government, arts and culture, civic, and residential projects. They have received hundreds of design citations, including the Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2008 and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture from the Smithsonian Institution in 2010.
Jae Pil Yoo was able to work with Kieran Timberlake in their Philadelphia office, which was an incredible opportunity for Jae to be able to apply his learnings from a Masters in Architecture from the University of Toronto. Now he is working at a firm in Toronto called CY Lee Architects.
Cetra Ruddy uses their passion for design excellence and innovation to create beautiful masterpieces that define a space.
According to Cetra Ruddy, Projects “…are intellectually crafted and have a depth of content that create design and an architecture of memory.”
Cetra Ruddy applies their design and skills to a diverse set of project types that include residential, cultural/educational, commercial and corporate interiors.
Founding principals John Cetra and Nancy Ruddy have been providing quality design for more than 30 years.
Both Rodrigo Castroviejo Corzana and Miguel de la Ossa Peinador were able to learn from these strategies and tactics to improve their skills and become better architects. For example, Rodrigo has been working in New York City with Cetra Ruddy for over four years now! That is incredible news! Rodrigo was able to stay workin in the USA for four years because he made the transition from the J1 visa to the O1 Visa. He was able to use his network and hard work to show the firm value worth investing in.
Miguel was able to take his two years working there and his design development experience from the Synagogue renovation (Oyster Bay, NY), and his schematic design experience on the Roman and Williams Renewal. Both have been able to further their careers if they stayed or did not at Cetra Ruddy.
Corgan views their long-term success attributed to their strengths in research, user experience, and design. This strategy gives Corgan the ability to see emerging changes and provide solutions that create flexibility and longevity for the structure and space. They have offices all over the world, but have their main hub in Dallas.
Guillermo del Rio Cogolludo, recently sat down with us for an interview about his experience getting hired in Corgan LA, and then due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19 had to find new work in San Francisco with McGinnis Chen Associates.
“RA pursues projects that demand innovative and progressive answers. Whether in a piece of furniture or an urban master plan, our ambitions are to materialize inventive solutions into influential, evocative and functional design projects. RA produced a body of work that has fused the physical built landscape and the cultural art world in a unparalleled methods.”
They view themselves as a firm that must pursue the development of culturally relative architecture. According to both Fernanda Dias de Azevedo and Carolina Heras Fernández, who have worked with Relativity Architects, they valued their experience there because the firm is committed to architectural innovation, design collaboration, and construction excellence.
Now that we have gone over some of our Host Company Partners and the Participants we have been able to assist in their career dreams with them, we wanted to also provide an interesting ranking of 2020 200 of the most followed US Architects/Firms on Instagram. You can take this list and start to see where firms rank, and if there are trends that show according to firm size, focus, company goals, etc.
Let us know what you are able to create from this list and share with the community your insight below in the comments!! 👇👇👇👇
(in green Architect-US Partner Companies)
(direct link below)
|2||Bjarke Ingels Group||big_builds||476,000|
|3||Herzog & de Meuron||herzogdemeuron||461,000|
|4||Foster + Partners||fosterandpartners||331,000|
|6||Steven Holl Architects||stevenhollarchitects||219,000|
|7||Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP||skidmoreowingsmerrill||211,000|
|8||OMA New York||omanewyork||206,000|
|9||Karim Rashid Inc||karim_rashid_inc||205,100|
|11||Richard Meier & Partners||richardmeierpartners||186,000|
|12||Renzo Piano Building Workshop||rpbw_architects||181,000|
|13||Rex Nichols Architects||rexnicholsarchitects||151,000|
|20||Interior Marketing Group||img_nyc||112,000|
|25||Steven Harris Architects||stevenharrisarchitects||76,500|
|26||Roman and Williams||roman_and_williams_||76,100|
|27||Diller Scofidio + Renfro||diller_scofidio_renfro||75,000|
|28||Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design||kobikarp||74,900|
|29||Kohn Pederson Fox Associates||kohnpedersonfox||71,000|
|31||Peter Pennoyer Architects||perterpennoyerarchitects||67,400|
|32||Peter Marino Architect||petermarinoarchitect||63,800|
|37||MOS, Meredith, Sample||mmmosarchitects||46,300|
|38||Paul Bates Architects||paulbatesarchitects||43,300|
|39||IA Interior Architects||iaarchitects||42,100|
|40||Lake Flato Architects||lakeflato||41,200|
|48||Deborah Berke Partners||deborahberkepartners||31,700|
|51||Robert A.M. Stern Architects||ramsarchitects||29,500|
|53||James Corner Field Operations||fieldoperations||26,700|
|55||Bates Masi + Architects||batesmasi||23,800|
|57||Bohlin Cywinski Jackson||bohlincywinskijackson||22,600|
|58||Matt Fajkus Architecture||mf.architecture||22,500|
|60||Rafael Viñoly Architects||rva_ny||20,600|
|63||Wendell Burnette Architects||wendellburnettearchitects||19,600|
|64||MASS Design Group||massdesigngroup||19,500|
|65||Walker Warner Architects||walkerwarnerarchitects||18,900|
|66||Carlo Ratti Associati||crassociati||18,700|
|67||John B. Murray Architect||jbmarchitect||17,800|
|71||Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney||eyrcarchitects||16,400|
|74||Ike Kligerman Barkley||ikekligermanbarkley||16,100|
|75||Rees Roberts + Partners||reesrobertspartners||15,900|
|77||Grade New York||grade_newyork||15,300|
|79||The Up Studio||Theupstudio||14,900|
|80||Morris Adjmi Architects||morrisadjmiarchitects||14,500|
|83||Eric Owen Moss Architects||ericowenmoss||13,500|
|85||Michael Hsu Office||hsuoffice||13,300|
|86||SHED Architecture and Design||shedarchitecture||13,200|
|88||Hirsch Bedner Associates||hirschbednerassociates||12,800|
|89||Edmonds Lee Architects||edmondsleearchitects||12,300|
|90||Axis Mundi John Beckman||axismundidesign||12,000|
|93||Michael K. Chen Architecture||mkcarchitecture||11,800|
|94||Fairfax & Sammons Architecture||fairfaxandsammons||11,200|
|100||Nequette Architecture & Design||nequettearchitecture||10,700|
|104||Thomas Phifer and Partners||thomasphiferandpartners||10,100|
|106||Andre Kikoski Architects||andrekikoski||9,805|
|108||Charlap Hyman & Herrero||ch_herrero||9,567|
|109||Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects||loharchitects||9,302|
|110||Miller Hull Partnership||millerhull||9,260|
|112||The Raleigh Architecture Co.||the_raleigh_architecture_co||9,112|
|113||Graham Baba Architects||grahambabaarchitects||9,082|
|118||READ Architecture Design DPC||re_a_d||7,865|
|119||Andrew Franz Architect PLLC||andrewfranzarchitect||7,749|
|120||Aidlin Darling Design||aidlindarlingdesign||7,726|
|122||Rottet Studio LLC||rottetstudio||7,560|
|124||Project M Plus||projectmplus||7,370|
|126||David Baker Architects||davidbakerarchitects||7,101|
|131||Choeff Levy Fischman||choefflevyfischman||6,876|
|133||KTGY Architecture and Planning||ktgygroup||6,851|
|134||Ken Linsteadt Architects||kenlinsteadtarchitects||6,657|
|135||Dull Olson Weekes – IBI Group Architects Inc||ibi_group||6,567|
|136||Wade Weissmann Architecture||wadeweissmannarchitecture||6,322|
|138||Stillwater Architecture LLC||stillwaterarchitecture||6,248|
|141||Malcolm Davis Architecture||malcolmdavisarchitecture||5,434|
|148||Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture||asggarch||4,758|
|152||Jeffrey Beers International||jeffreybeersinternational||4,647|
|153||LDa Architecture & Interiors||lda_design||4,627|
|154||Leroy Street Studio Architecture, D.P.C.||leroystreetstudio||4,595|
|158||Robert Gurney Architect FAIA||robertgurneyarchitect||4,076|
|160||Whipple Russell Architects||whipplerussellarchitects||4,054|
|161||Architecture Plus Information||a_plus_i||4,036|
|162||Mark Zeff Design||markzeffdesign||3,972|
|164||Cicognani Kalla Architect||cicognanikallaarchitect||3,891|
|165||Melissa Ervin Interior Design||melissaervininteriordesign||3,880|
|168||Wheeler Kearns Architects||wheelerkearnsarchitects||3,655|
|171||Desai Chia Architecture||desaichiaarchitecture||3,460|
|172||Elkus Manfredi Architects||elkusmanfredi||3,451|
|174||BKSK Architects LLP||bkskarchitects||3,421|
|175||Studio Christian Wassmann||christianwassmann||3,415|
|176||Copenhagenizine Design Co.||copenhageziners||3,376|
|179||Solomon Cordwell Buenz||solomoncordwellbuenz||3,178|
|180||Topology Eyewear (Bespoke Inc.)||topologyeyewear||3,034|
|181||Beyer Blinder Belle||beyerblinderbelle||2,936|
|185||F A R + D A N G||faranddang||2,690|
|186||One Hat One Hand||onehatonehand||2,410|
|189||Christian Lahoude Studio||christianlahoudestudio||2,187|
|191||Landworks Studio inc||landworksstudio||2,069|
|194||Bulley and Andrews LLC||bulleyandrews1891||1,723|
|195||Paragon Solutions (before: BUILD ACADEMY INC)||paragonpeople||1,599|
|196||Tom Cody Design||tomcodydesign||1,586|
|197||Duncan Miller Ullman||designdmu||1,427|
|198||Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc||bermelloajamil||1,282|
|201||JW Architects LTD||jwarchitects||1,167|
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