How to name a new born architecture office?

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m glad to introduce you the first compelling, astonishing, pioneering guide on architecture offices name.

The name of 100 of the most renown architecture firms have been selected and reorganized in four main categories to give you a full overview, from the personal name-companies to the most ironic and revolutionary. Which approach would you choose to pick your new born office name?

Personal name

Renzo Piano building workshop (Italy)

Booty Edwards & Partners (Malaysia)

Richard Meier and Partners (USA)

Ateliers Jean Nouvel (France)

Foster and partners (UK)

Zaha Hadid Architects (UK)

Studio Maroni Architetti Associati (Italy)

Neutelings Riedijk architects (the Netherlands)

Diller and Scofidio (USA)

Herzog & de Meuron (Switzerland)

Kaan architects (the Netherlands)

Perkins and Will (USA)

Mathews & Associates Architects (South Africa)

Valode & Pistre (France)

Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partners (Switzerland)

Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects (South Africa)

Thomson Adsett Architects (Australia)

Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan)

Toyo Ito & Associates (Japan)

Shigeru Ban Architects (Japan)

Adler & Sullivan (USA)

Tange Associates (Japan)

Auer+Weber+Assoziierte (Germany)

Bregman + Hamann Architects (Canada)

Kimmel Eshkolot Architects (Israel)

Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (Spain)

Pei Partnership Architects (USA)

Studio Odile Decq (France)


Ironic-wordplay name

BIG (Denmark)

OMA (that in Ducth means “Grandma”; The Netherlands)

Superstudio (Italy)

3nta (I know we are not an architecture office, but I couldn’t resist. One day we will tell you the full story of our name)

stARTT (Italy)

SeARCH (the Netherlands)

COBE (Copenhagen Berlin)

Effekt (Denmark)

Archizoom (Italy)

Archigram (UK)

Noroof Architects (USA)

Troppo Architects ( “Troppo” in Italian means “too much”; Australia)

Studio/Gang (USA)

Studio SUMO (USA)

WORK Architecture Company (USA)

TOI Studio (Italy)

1100 Architects (USA)

Coop Himmelb(l)au (“Himmel” means even in german, “bau” is building and “blau” is blue, Austria)

Shop Architects (USA)

:mlzd. (Switzerland)

Atelier bow-wow (Japan)

Consolidated Consultants CC (Jordan)

iArc (South Korea)

Lyons (Australia)


Conceptual-poetic-philosophical name

Domain (The Netherlands)

Foreign Office architects (UK)

West 8 (The Netherlands)

Mecanoo (The Netherlands)

Morphosis (USA)

UNStudio (United Network Studio, The Netherlands)

Aecom (USA)

10 design (UK)

3D Reid (UK)

Space Matrix (Singapore)

Populous (UK)

Morphogenesis (India)

Elemental (Chile)

OMA (The Netherlands)

Effect (Denmark)

Unsandong (South Korea)

Avanti (UK)

AtelierCube (Switzerland)

COBE (Copenhagen Berlin)

Snohetta (Norway)

Studio Luz Architects (USA)

Building Design Partnership (UK)

Amateur Architecture Studio (China)

Initials name

MVRDV (the Netherlands)

ABDR (Italy)


JDS (Denmark)


AIA (France)

SANAA (Japan)

BIG (Denmark)

MLRP (Denmark)

JVA (Norway)



BBPR (Italy)

FMA Architects (Nigeria)

MBH Architects (USA)


LLP (Gehry Partners; USA)



Author: Luca De Stefano

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