AN Interior Top 50 Architects 2021

Best in Class

There is a lot new to AN Interior’s annual top 50 list, now in its fourth iteration. Nearly half of the collected architects and designers appear for the first time, and the scope has widened to include practices from all regions of the United States, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. Meanwhile, the represented firms span the full range of experience, from promising upstarts to well-established offices. We find that mix to be not only compelling but also productive, contributing to a more inclusive vision of interior practice. We hope that you do, too.

New York

Adjaye Associates
Accra, Ghana; London; and New York

New York and Richmond, Virginia

Architecture Research Office
New York

Atelier Barda


Bestor Architecture
Los Angeles

For this 600-square-foot cabin in the Bahamas, Brillhart Architecture designed operable walls to take advantage of crosswinds. (Brillhart Architecture)

Deborah Berke Partners selected vintage Italian furnishings and artworks by artists like Joanna Pousette-Dart for a Manhattan townhouse fit-out. (Chris Cooper)

Brillhart Architecture

Brooks + Scarpa
Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Charlap Hyman & Herrero
New York and Los Angeles

New York

Dash Marshall
New York and Detroit

Deborah Berke Partners
New York

Cardboard tubes and recycled paper countertops feature in Brooks + Scarpa’s design for Aesop Downtown LA. (Art Gray)

Design, Bitches
Los Angeles

Tucson, Arizona

Faye + Walker Architecture
Austin, Texas

FUSTER + Architects
San Juan, Puerto Rico

GRT Architects
New York

Faye + Walker Architecture makes extensive use of pine plywood in its projects. (Leonid Furmansky)

Portland, Oregon

Independent Architecture
Chicago and Denver

Ivy Studio

IwamotoScott Architecture
San Francisco

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

Low Design Office
Austin, Texas

Maria Milans Studio
Madrid, Spain; and New York

Max Levy Architect

Marlon Blackwell Architects
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Michael K Chen Architecture
New York

Montalba Architects
Lausanne, Switzerland; and Los Angeles

Norman Kelley
Chicago and New Orleans

GRT Architects brings a warm sophistication to commissions like Georgie, a refined take on the steakhouse. (Nicole Franzen)

The work of the San Juan, Puerto Rico–based FUSTER + Architects strategically frames—and sometimes occludes—the island’s rolling landscapes. (Jaime Navarro)

OMA New York
New York

Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados
Mexico City

Los Angeles

Peterson Rich Office
New York

With a knack for assembling material palettes, IVY Studio always finds the right tone for its projects. (Matt Haas)

Mexico City and New York

SILO Architecture, Research + Design
Cleveland; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Fayetteville, Arkansas

Oslo, Norway; and New York

Spiegel Aihara Workshop
San Francisco

New York

Stayner Architects
Los Angeles

Low Design Office combines humble materials and regional vernaculars with a commitment to design equity and sustainability. (Chase Daniel)

Based in Dallas, Texas, Max Levy is one of the state’s finest architects working today. (Casey Dunn)

The interiors of Snøhetta’s buildings are Scandinavian in spirit but also forward-looking. (Courtesy Snøhetta)

Steven Holl Architects
New York


Studio O+A
San Francisco

Trahan Architects
New Orleans

T.W. Ryan Architecture
New York and San Francisco


Utile Design

WHY Architecture
Los Angeles

Worrell Yeung
New York

WRNS Studio
Honolulu, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle