Top 10 Up and Emerging International Architects

International Architects


Unquestionably, architecture is a rising business with dazzling future opportunities throughout the world. The standards are increasing and so are the expectations with new and intriguing designs being created every day. Although the design is entirely subjective, some projects get nods of approval from many. I would think that the profession won in such rare situations.

In the list below we have compiled the top 10 up and emerging International Architects that are revolutionizing the profession daily. Irrespective of a mention, we completely respect the professional practice in Architecture done by the Architects that are not enlisted and do not, in any way, disregard their valuable work and contribution to the field.

This list is tentative and subjective.

Top 10 Up and Emerging International Architects

Mass Design Group

Mass Design Group is an Architecture office of over 140 architects, landscape architects, engineers, builders, furniture designers, writers, filmmakers, and researchers from 20 different countries. They believe in the architectural design process of increasing access to purposeful, healing, and hopeful design. The firm’s acronym stands for Model of Architecture Serving Society.

The Wall Street Journal named the firm MASS, the Architecture Innovator of the Year in 2020 for their origins in healthcare and designing architecture as a medium for healing. They believe that every project has a mission and work with our partners throughout the design process — from early visioning to project completion — to create and implement a shared vision for how design can help achieve that mission.

Origin/ Birth: 2008

Location(s): Rwanda

Chief Architects: Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks

Style of Architecture: Contemporary

What Services Provided: Architecture, landscape design, engineering, planning, research, film, and community engagement.

Notable Projects

The Gun Violence Memorial Project

Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture

National Memorial for Peace and Justice

noa*- Network of Architecture

The young team of architects and designers, led by founders Lukas Rungger and Stefan Rier and based in Bolzano (Italy) and Berlin (Germany), explores and examines interdisciplinary methods of application of architecture design, which are constantly evolving depending on the nature and requirements of each project. A holistic approach and strategy are central to noa*s way of conceiving design by adhering to the concept of “emergence,” where the whole is perceived to be far greater than the sum of its parts. Their professional practice in Architecture extends to residential, hospitality, commercial, mixed-use, exhibition, product, and experimental projects.

Origin/ Birth: 2010

Location(s): Bolzano (Italy) and Berlino (Germany)

Chief Architects: Lukas Rungger and Stefan Rier

Style of Architecture: Modernist and Contemporary Architecture with native elements

What Services Provided: Hospitality Architecture, Interior Design

Notable Projects:


Sudtirol Home


SETUP Architecture

Architecture is a configuration, believes the architecture office. They believe the architecture design process is a system, a situation, a trick, a structure, and an organization. SETUP architecture studio’s architectural works, design research, and construction projects incorporate digital and virtual means of organizing space and redefine the roles of local and global intelligent methods of making, creating, producing, and setting up architecture. The studio was founded in 2014 in the Netherlands and Iran, and it now operates on a global scale in a variety of design and production scales.

Origin/ Birth: 2014

Location(s): Netherlands and Iran

Chief Architects: Sina Mostafavi

Style of Architecture:

What Services Provided: Architectural works, design research, and construction projects

Notable Projects

Benetton Headquarters


Farmanieh Residential

Sher Maker

Patcharada Inplang, Thongchai Chansamak, and their builder team are the creators of the architecture office, Sher Maker. They have a strong intention, as well as an interest in the process and meaning of the architecture design process. They are interested in the origins of architectural formations that are influenced by local technology and material availability. They are pursuing the design of the atmosphere that has an impact on the building in both physical and ambiance terms.

Origin/ Birth: 2018

Location(s): Chiangmai, Thailand

Chief Architects: Ar.Thongchai Chansamak and Ar. Patcharada Inplang

Style of Architecture: Modernist Architecture

What Services Provided: Architecture solutions

Notable Projects

Sher Maker Studio

Light Trap

Boonma Cafe

MUDA Architects

The Architecture office, MUDA was founded in 2015 in Beijing, China, and Boston, Massachusetts, with the Chengdu office opening in 2017. MUDA is a place where people of different cultural backgrounds, mindsets, and creative design abilities are welcomed and valued. The architect team is made up of a diverse group of talented architects with forward-thinking ideas, extensive experience, professionalism, and distinct personalities. Among the design, practices are public architecture, cultural architecture, commercial architecture, urban planning, landscape design, and interior design. As a global leader in architecture, they have extensive experience in a wide range of markets and different applications of architecture design.

Origin/ Birth: 2015

Location(s): Beijing, China, and Boston, Massachusetts, and Chengdu

Chief Architects: Yun Lu

Style of Architecture: Contemporary, Modernist Architecture

What Services Provided: Architecture, Interior Design

Notable Projects

Garden Hotpot Restaurant


Minjiang Service Center

Atelier tao+c

The Professional Practice in Architecture by Atelier tao+c was founded in 2016, and its design works range from a pendant lamp to a compound development, from the interior of small urban apartments to the renovation of old rural houses, from street shops to a youth community, you name it and they’ve done it all. In addition to practical work, the office has been involved in research and teaching, with a focus on topics such as the revival of old buildings and objects in domestic landscapes, covering all applications of Architecture Design.

Origin/ Birth: 2016

Location(s): Shanghai, China

Chief Architects: Tao Liu, Chunyan Cai

Style of Architecture: Contemporary

What Services Provided: Architectural design / Interior design / Furniture design

Notable Projects

Capsule Hotel


The house with a slim light well

Mole Architects

The scale and nature of the projects vary in the Architecture office. They’ve designed artist studios and masterplans for developers with a desire to make better cities. They’ve designed many houses and buildings in between these scales, all of which contribute to the richness of the places where one lives and works. Buildings that are well-designed make life easier, more comfortable, and more pleasurable with its applications of Architecture Design.

Origin/ Birth: 1997

Location(s): Cambridge

Chief Architects: Meredith Bowles

Style of Architecture: Contemporary

What Services Provided: Residential Architecture

Notable Projects

Hillside Development, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Cavendish, Cambridge

Balancing Barn, Suffolk

Wilkinson Eyre Architects

WilkinsonEyre is a leading architecture office in the world, with a portfolio of national and international award-winning projects. They have built a portfolio of bold, beautiful, intelligent architecture in applications of architecture design as diverse as culture, sport and leisure, education, infrastructure, residential, office, and large-scale master planning since our inception in 1983. A professional practice in architecture to look out for.

Origin/ Birth: 1983

Location(s): London, England, United Kingdom

Chief Architects: Jim Eyre Chris Wilkinson

Style of Architecture: Modernist Architecture

What Services Provided: Architectural services

Notable Projects

Compton & Edrich Stands, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London

University of Bristol: Fry Building

Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay

Space Matrix

Since its inception in 2001, the design firm has evolved into a dynamic, agile, 21st-century digital enterprise; an architecture office specializing in workplace design. They have developed a distinct client focus that generates and delivers profitable, long-term, and future-­ready workplace solutions with their innovative applications of architecture design. Their ongoing mission is to continue revolutionizing the delivery of design and construction services in Asia and around the world. In Australia, China, India, Thailand, Singapore (HQ), and the United States, they have relevant project experience in over 80 cities and 15 office locations.

Origin/ Birth: 2001

Location(s): Bangalore, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Pune, Singapore, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Sydney,Chennai.

Chief Architects: Arsh Chaudhry, Shagufta Anurag, Jaiprakash Aildasani

Style of Architecture: Contemporary

What Services Provided: Branding, MEP, AV, IT, sustainability, security, and employee wellness

Notable Projects

Lazard, Sydney

Crowdstrike, Pune

Vanke, Shenzhen

Studio Saxe

Nature-inspired ideas are given structural form by Studio Saxe. The Costa Rica architects blend local knowledge with international design, combining a modern, global aesthetic with local expertise that includes craftsmanship, personal connections, and the sustainable sourcing of local materials. A clever design does not necessitate a lot of additional technology. They believe, true sustainability responds to natural conditions to reduce resource consumption while maximizing beautiful sensory experiences.

Origin/ Birth: 2004

Location(s): San José, Costa Rica

Chief Architects: Benjamin Garcia Saxe

Style of Architecture: Contemporary

What Services Provided: Architectural Services

Notable Projects

The Sirena House

Casa Bell Lloc

Casa Flotanta

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