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The 8 Best Architecture Websites (November 2019)

Building a great website should come naturally to architects and architecture firms. Or, at least, you’d think it would. Although they spend most of their days talking about design, very few architects or architecture firms actually put much thought into the design of their website. And, in today’s online world, that’s a big mistake. When an architect’s website doesn’t reflect great design, what does that ultimately say about their skills and expertise?

Of course, there are plenty of exceptions when you start looking online for the best architecture websites. From beautiful aesthetics to intuitive and innovative design features, the best architecture websites let visitors know immediately that they have found someone who really understands design and construction on every level.

As of November 2019, these are the eight best architecture websites we’ve found and exactly why we love them so much.

  1. Thompson Naylor Architects

    Based out of Santa Barbara, California, Thompson Naylor Architects has a website that really wows – and without trying too hard. Keeping their homepage simple with just a menu and rotating images of their projects, this architecture firm ensures that visitors quickly find what they’re looking for, while simultaneously inspiring them by their work. The menu, which only features five items, expands when you hover over the “Projects” section, allowing visitors to sort the projects they see by unique style, including contemporary and commercial. Another menu option, the “Sustainability” section helps visitors understand one of the things that sets Thompson Naylor apart from its competition, giving them a glimpse into their eco-minded mission.

  2. Dirk Denison Architects

    Bold and contemporary, the website design for the Chicago-based Dirk Denison Architects immediately lets visitors grasp the overall vibe of the firm, something that is incredibly important in the very personal world of design. Opting for an almost-invisible condensed menu, the homepage for the website features beautiful images that separate the content into sections, much in the same way a menu does. However, because this option allows the website to be even more visual and engaging, it’s actually more effective than a more traditional website layout. Although not at the top of the page, the contact info located at the bottom, including social media links, is still easy to find, making the overall feel of the website less “salesy” and “in-your-face” as some service-oriented websites.

  3. Blank Studio Design + Architecture

    Good design shouldn’t be done in a hurry, which is perhaps why Blank Studio in Phoenix chose its current website design. Rather than immediately (and sometimes noisily) greeting visitors with loads of images and information, Blank’s website requires visitors to choose to enter, making the very first impression with the firm one that is intentional, professional, and engaging. Once you enter, the website continues its somewhat muted theme, using a soft color palette to introduce its content, including the studio’s unique approach to design. Minimal across the board, the website matches the studio’s commitment to “eliminate superfluous and distracting components”, proving to visitors that they really are who they say they are.

  4. Wendell Burnette Architects

    Another architecture website choosing to go the minimal route, Wendell Burnette Architects’ website stands out because of its bold font and customized user experience. Rather than trying to put too much information on the homepage, something that’s difficult for architect firms that work on a variety of projects, the landing page for Wendell Burnette asks the visitor to immediately choose the experience they want, selecting from options like “Public”, “Private”, and “Resorts/Spas”.

  5. Feldman Architecture

    Beautiful website design can get tricky when you have a lot of content to offer your visitors. Thankfully, Feldman Architecture out of San Francisco understands how to use great website design to give a robust experience to its users without ever overwhelming their senses. Starting with beautiful, high-resolution images, the condensed menu on the homepage expands as you hover, providing more options without immediately forcing you to manage too many options. And, when you do explore the content, each page on the website remains organized and tactful, adding to the overall experience by giving you the information you need in a concise and thoughtful way.

  6. The Omnia Group Architects

    It’s the details in design that matter, whether you’re building a home or creating a website. One of the things we really like about the website for The Omnia Group Architects is that it utilizes subtle details to enhance the overall online experience. From the page-loading progress bar to the impactful quote about architecture on the homepage, it’s easy to tell that a lot of thought and planning went into the website design. As a result, exploring the website feels more like a formal tour, rather than having to find the information on your own.

  7. Perkins + Will Inc.

    A huge architectural firm out of Atlanta, Georgia, there’s a lot that its website needs to do in order to handle the number of diverse visitors it gets every single day. Thankfully, because of its great design, it does so with ease. Harnessing the power of storytelling, the homepage for this architect firm comes off as personal and interesting, something that very few large firms manage to do. And, because the website utilizes lots of multi-media, including embedded videos, visitors can find plenty to do and learn even on the first page.

  8. Tomeck Studio Architecture

    Simple and minimal, the website for Tomeck Studio Architecture sets itself apart with three words on its homepage: We Design Experiences. Focusing on innovation and contemporary design, the website itself feels experiential, offering plenty to do and explore via its comprehensive menu. Each project page tells a story, too, which makes hopping from one concept to the next fun, almost like turning the pages in an online magazine.

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