A brief history of architecture in the 21st century

15 Years of The Architect's Newspaper

A brief history of architecture in the 21st century

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we looked back through the archives for our favorite moments since we started. We found stories that aged well (and some that didn’t), as well as a wide range of interviews, editorials, and other articles that we feel contributed to the broader conversation. We also took a closer look at the most memorable tributes to those we lost, and heard from editors past and present about their time here.

Check out this history of architecture in the 21st century through the headlines of The Architect’s Newspaper:


Protest: Michael Sorkin on Ground Zero







Snohetta’s Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. (Courtesy Snohetta)



(Courtesy Sanaa and OLIN)
(Courtesy Sanaa and OLIN)



Shigeru Ban Japan Pavilion Expo 2000
Shigeru Ban Japan Pavilion Expo 2000



2016 Best of Design Award in Facade: Vagelos Education Center by DS + R with Gensler. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)


Crit: AIA Convention (“No more weird architecture in Philadelphia”)

Crit: Spring Street Salt Shed (“In praise of the urban object”)

How institutionalized racism and housing policy segregated our cities

Chinatown residents protest de Blasio rezoning

Roche-Dinkeloo’s Ambassador Grille receives landmark designation

Q&A: Jorge Otero-Pailos: Why the Met Breuer matters

Comment: Ronald Rael on the realities of the U.S.-Mexico border

Detroit Zoo penguin habitat opens

Chicago battles to keep Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from moving

Martino Stierli on the redesign of MoMA’s A+D galleries

WTC Oculus opens

Letter: Phyllis Lambert pleads for Four Seasons preservation

Q&A: Mabel Wilson

#NotmyAIA: Protests erupt over AIA’s support of Trump

Snøhetta’s addition to SFMoMA opens

DS+R’s Vagelos Education Center opens

Baltimore’s Brutalist McKeldin Fountain pulverized


Actor Terry Crews is now a promising young designer

Architects design prototypes for Hyperloops

Never Built New York brings unrealized architecture to life

Seasteaders to bring a libertarian floating community to the South Pacific

Crit: Five fundamental problems with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Jimmy Buffett–themed retirement communities in South Carolina and Florida

Will Jacksonville be a post-climate-change megacity?

Q&A: Henry Urbach on curating architecture, the Glass House, and what’s next

The architecture of addiction

Q&A: Pablo Escobar’s son is a good architect now

AGENCY’s Border Dispatches: Reporting from the U.S.-Mexico Boundary

Learning from Baltimore’s approach to Confederate monuments

The 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee housing marches

In upstate New York, a psychedelic-inspired temple to art rises. Pictured: The Entheon’s facade will feature an expansive cast of mythological figures such as the Angels of the Creative Imagination and Godheads, as well as an array of symbols and “secret writings.” Concept and design by Alex Grey and Allyson Grey, renderings by Ryan Tottle. (CoSM)


Thank you to USModernist Library, an online archive of architectural publications, for their help in putting this web feature together.