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Founded in 1896, the AR remains a leading voice in architectural criticism today, scouring the globe for architecture that provokes and inspires and commissioning independent, critically accalaimed writers in shaping architectural discourse. You can register for free to read up to three articles per month, or subscribe to receive our beautifully designed issues in print, and gain full, unfettered access to our website – our discount of 30% means students can save more than £60 on an annual subscription!
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Studio Anne Holtrop | Valerio Olgiati | Leopold Banchini & Noura Al Sayeh | Taylor + Hinds | One O One | Fala | Gio Ponti | Charlotte Perriand | Marcel Breuer | Martin Parr
Smiljan Radić | Toshiko Mori Architect | Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates | Carmody Groarke | Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo | Estudi d’Arquitectura Toni Gironès | Tadao Ando | Typology: Nightclub
Yasmeen Lari | Beatriz Colomina | Hawkins\Brown | Collective Architecture | Mole Architects | Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners | Atelier Masōmī | Francesca Torzo Architetto | BDR Bureau | Gatti Routh Rhodes | Svetlana Kana Radević | Joel Sanders | Typology: Gymnasium
Martin Rauch | Waugh Thistleton Architects | BC Architects | De Gouden Liniaal Architecten | Anne Holtrop | Ensamble Studio | Junya Ishigami | Voellmy Schmidlin Architektur | Bas Princen | Hassan Fathy
Flores & Prats | Witherford Watson Mann | Rural Urban Framework + University of Hong Kong | Aulets | Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University | Max Von Werz, Mateo Riestra and José Arnaud-Bello | Lina Bo Bardi | Jamie Fobert | George Monbiot | William Morris
Sixteen architects under the age of 45 to watch from around the world, plus critical regionalism revisited, the Bauhaus in Britain, Laurie Baker, Louis Kahn, Álvaro Siza and much more
Paulo Mendes da Rocha | MMBB Arquitetos | Andrade Morettin | Kengo Kuma + FGMF | Königsberger Vannucchi | Brasil Arquitetura | Affonso Eduardo Reidy | Gru.a | 23 Sul | Messina Rivas | C+P Arquitetura | Rosenbaum + Aleph Zero | Oscar Niemeyer
Yasmeen Lari | Heatherwick Studio | Lütjens Padmanabhan | Peter Zumthor | OFFICE | Pezo von Ellrichshausen | Studio Ko | Supertanker | Richard Seifert | Typology: Bank
General Design Co | Collectif Encore | David Leech Architects | AZL Architects | MORQ | Kochi Architect’s Studio | Lacaton & Vassal | Balkrishna Doshi | Instituto Balear de la Vivienda | Alberto Kalach + TAX | Comunal | Rozana Montiel | Peter Barber Architects | Lacol | Rogelio Salmona | Minnette De Silva | Typology: Palace
dePaor | Grafton | Clancy Moore | TAKA | Ryan W Kennihan Architects | Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects | Noreile Breen | Paul Dillon | Peter and Mary Doyle | Hall McKnight | Kevin Roche
Candalepas Associates | Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman | Jean Renaudie / Renée Gailhoustet | 6a Architects | Dominique Coulon & Associés | Nøysom Arkitekter | Reyner Banham
Álvaro Siza | Tadao Ando | Ambrosi Etchegaray | Forensic Oceanography | Ateliers Jean Nouvel | Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA | Eriksson Furunes & Leandro V Locsin Partners | Kengo Kuma | Jamie Fobert Architects | Claude Parent
Elizabeth Diller | Hélène Binet | Lina Ghotmeh Architecture | TEd’A | DnA | Karamuk Kuo | OMA | O’Donnell + Tuomey | Flores & Prats | RCR Arquitectes | Ada Louise Huxtable
Jørn Utzon | Case Design | Rotor | Minoru Yamasaki | Oscar Niemeyer | Foster + Partners | 6A | CTA | Haworth Tompkins | Assemble | ZUS | Typology: Power Station
Features on books and buildings, with pieces exploring the architecture and influence of books as well as libraries and archives from across the world including the winner of the AR Library awards
Fourteen architects under the age of 45 to watch from around the world, plus pieces on the Netherlands and Amsterdam, where the winner of the AR Emerging Architecture awards 2018 will be announced
Feilden Fowles | Studio FH | Light Earth Designs | IPPR | Metro | Caruso St John | Ateliermob and Colectivo Warehouse | Cooking Sections | Jean Nouvel | Urbain Dubois | Typology: Market hall
Robbrecht en Daem | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Marie-José Van Hee | 51N4E | MSA | V+ | L’Escaut | OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen | noAarchitecten | AgwA | Dom Hans van der Laan | Lucien Kroll | Typology: Law court
ZAV | Schemata | Vo Trong Nghia | Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez | Aalto University Wood Program | Mesura | O’BVDSH | Junya Ishigami | Charlotte Perriand | Olson Kundig | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Lu Wenyu | Sigurd Lewerentz
Renzo Piano Building Workshop | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Kieran Timberlake | Emergency Architecture & Human Rights | Youssef Haidar | CF Møller | Combas | Forensic Architecture | Danae Stratou and Yanis Varoufakis | Piranesi | Typology: Prison
Every building we feature has a story to tell. Whether we pull back the covers on architectural prize-giving following the 2018 Stirling award being handed to Foster + Partners' Bloomberg Building, or investigate rising stars Flores & Prats' delicate renovation of the Sala Beckett Theatre, every project – large or small, good or bad – contributes to an archive of the most culturally significant and architecturally interesting buildings of our time. Click here to read the latest building studies.
Restoration of the Sala Beckett building in Barcelona by Flores & Prats puts their stamp on the building without excising its ghosts
Schaerbeek’s elegant and striking watchtower by MSA and V+ proves that the design of housing still constitutes a powerful weapon in the battle against social exclusion
The AR looks beyond isolated buildings, commissioning in-depth theoretical essays that engage with the wider social, cultural and political context architecture sits in, as well as the impact and potential of architectural cultures and practices. Our writers include world-renowned critics, theorists, and architects, whose independent voices contribute to a thick-woven fabric of industrious longform journalism. Read our latest essays here.
The focus may be shifting from the lone master architect to collaborative practice – but women are still the ghosts of modern architecture
As abstract art forms based on rhythm, proportion and harmony, architecture and music share a clear cultural lineage. Now, through digital expression, architecture can attain new heights of creative supremacy
While many buildings might show outstanding promise at their opening, few can stand the test of time. The long gestations and longer lives of buildings disrupt a conventional sense of when criticism might be considered timely, and the impact – direct or dispersed – of these structures lingers long after their architects have moved on. As Peter Buchanan has evinced, we take seriously the responsibility to remain invested in the lives and afterlives of buildings with, and after, inhabitation.
Overlooked by the AR at the time of its completion, the enigmatic internal landscape of Sigurd Lewerentz’s masterpiece in Klippan still carries power and meaning in every brick
Completed in 1932, Alvar Aalto’s Paimio tuberculosis sanatorium’s programme was revolutionary
Every issue we publish a portrait of an influencer or agitator, written by an independent critic, to break with historic canons or investigate the most significant characters of our time – each published with an illustration commissioned to show the character with their work. Read the most recent Reputations here.
Immediately upon publication, criticism enters a realm of public discource, placed on record for posterity. Like its subjects, criticism also has its own fashions and fancies – some standing strong in its relevance, some relegated as a mark of a bygone era. As we return to buildings, ideas, and architects, we return too to our archive, republishing pieces online that were printed before the advent of such an accessible repository. You can read some recently republished pieces here.