Conceived in 2000 as our index of emerging architectural talent, the Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory is our magazine’s annual listing of promising practices from all across the globe. The project has, over the years, spanned styles and continents, while always championing the best and most exciting young architecture studios and showcasing inspiring work with an emphasis on the residential realm. Now including more than 500 alumni and counting, our exciting annual survey is back – the Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory 2021 is here and ready for you to explore in full.

Works deserving of a place in this year’s directory include outstanding projects by 20 young architecture studios from Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the USA, and the UK. From modernist-inspired marvels, to cool concrete abodes, and from sustainable homes to experimental dwellings and urban retreats; these young practices are masters in the art of residential architecture, and pave the way for an exciting future in their field.

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Meet the Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory 2021 architects

In the following stories, we take a deep dive into the Who, What and Why of each practice. 

1. DROM, The Netherlands

2. Studio Aki, UK

3. cmDesignAtelier, Nigeria

4. Fabel, Sweden

5. Palma, Mexico

6. SOCA, Canada

7. New Affiliates, USA

8. Local Studio, South Africa

9. O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects, UK

10. Fabian Tan, Malaysia

11. Daniel Boddam Studio, Australia

12. Frederick Tang Architecture, USA

13. Suzoko Yamada, Japan

14. Collective Project, India

15. CAPA, Colombia

16. RAW Architecture, Indonesia

17. MAIO, Spain

18. Atelier Xi, China

19. CHOHELO A+U, South Korea

20. Mustard, Ghana

Continue exploring...

Scroll through the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Wallpaper* Architects’ Directories for more inspiring studios and residential design – perfect to help you plan your dream home or enjoy more moments of architecturally awesome escape. 

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