David Adjaye is an Instagrammer. So is Sou Fujimoto. Beautify your feed by following them, plus eight other snap-happy architects on Instagram.
For photographers, artists and other creatives, Instagram is the social media platform of choice, offering a casual, engaging opportunity to tell a visual story. Architects too are turning to the app, to share their works and perspectives.
The 10 architects below maintain beautiful, curious and aspirational Instagram accounts that offer a peek into their process, as well as their hobbies, tastes and travels. Follow them – and Azure! – for a beautified Instagram feed.
1 John Pawson
The aesthetic of the British architectural designer’s Instagram account? Like that of his projects: minimal. With images often depicting clean lines and shadow play, Pawson’s account feels like a look through his particular architectural lens.
2 Lyndon Neri
Founding partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Neri shares a mish-mash of images from his world travels, project updates (including progress shots) and design objects.
3 Vincent Van Duysen
The Belgian architect and designer maintains a thoughtfully curated account, sharing his own work and arty, day-to-day snaps, almost always in a muted palette.
4 Todd Saunders
Saunders’ work is often a celebration of the raw beauty of the landscapes surrounding his sites; expect plenty of shots of modern cabins nestled into rocky peninsulas.
5 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Comprised of renderings, models, professional shots of completed works and “throwback Thursday” photos of decades-old works, SOM’s Instagram account is a visual news source for the firm’s activities.
6 Sou Fujimoto
Fujimoto’s account is light on architecture, heavy on beautiful images of international destinations and nature.
7 Omar Gandhi
The emerging Canadian architect shares plenty of tantalizing photos of in-progress works, but also personal snapshots – playing golf at Cabot Links, having lunch with chef Matty Matheson, etcetera.
8 Amelia Tavella
Tavella, a French architect with a namesake practice, may be lesser known but her Instagram account is one of the best on this list. A strong photographer, her account resembles a magazine spread.
9 David Adjaye
Adjaye’s username, adjaye_visual_sketchbook, is apt: his account is an inspirational collage of his works, tributes to other architects and designers, people on the streets and peeks into his personal life (like a crowd shot from a recent Kanye West show).
10 Bjarke Ingels
Over 200,000 followers can’t be wrong. The BIG architect posts frequently and candidly, sharing on-the-ground images from unusual work sites (most recently, from Greenland) and the odd selfie.