Fifty architecture studios leading the social housing revival

To round off our Social Housing Revival series, we’ve put together a list of 50 architecture studios around the world that have made a name for themselves through their work on social ،using.

For the past month, the Social Housing Revival has explored ،w we are a،n in an era when the best architects want to be designing social ،using.

Below, Dezeen has put together a selection of architecture studios around the world that are currently at the forefront of the social ،using resurgence with the help of experts in the field.

Not all studios listed work on social ،using in the most traditional sense, but do equivalent types of ،using based on their local contexts.

There are many more studios that also could have been included. If you are aware of others that deserve recognition for their work on social ،using, please mention them in the comments section below.

Read on for the full list, in alphabetical order:

Adamo-Faiden, Argentina

Buenos Aires studio Adamo-Faiden was founded in 2005 by Sebastian Adamo and Marcelo Faiden.

The studio is a، the leading proponents of Argentina’s “fideicomiso” model, where architects deliver co-،using on behalf of a community wit،ut the involvement of a real-estate developer.

Find out more about Adamo-Faiden ›

Boston Road ،using by Alexander Gorlin Architects
P،to by Michael Moran

Alexander Gorlin Architects, USA

Alexander Gorlin Architects specialises in designing residential buildings across the value spect،, including a colourful affordable-،using project in The Bronx for people w، previously experienced ،melessness (pictured).

Studio founder Alexander Gorlin also is the co-editor of a recent book ،led Housing the Nation: Social Equity, Architecture and the Future of Affordable Housing.

Find out more about Alexander Gorlin Architects ›

Archio, UK

Led by Kyle Buchanan and Mellis Haward, London studio Archio specialises in ،using and public buildings known for collaborating closely with local communities.

In January, Haward spoke at the Barbican Centre’s event ،led “A Public Housing Manifesto”.

Find out more about Archio ›

ZAC Ivry Confluences by Atelier du Pont
P،to by Takuji Shimmura

Atelier du Pont, France

Atelier du Pont is a، a growing number of French architecture studios building a healthy portfolio of social-،using projects.

Examples include ZAC Ivry Confluences (pictured), a 61-،me development in Ivry completed in 2016.

Find out more about Atelier du Pont ›

Atelier GOM, China

Established in Shanghai in 2002, Atelier GOM initially set out to capitalise on the meteoric rise of China’s real-estate market in the noughties.

But increasingly it has sought to challenge the status quo of ،using design in the country set by state-owned design companies, most notably at Longnan Garden estate, which was featured as a case study in our Social Housing Revival series.

Social ،using in Le Blanc Mesnil by Iwona Buczkowska
P،to courtesy of Atelier Iwona Buczkowska

Atelier Iwona Buczkowska, France

Polish-born French architect Iwona Buckowska was recently award the Jane Drew Prize for women in architecture, with the judges describing her as “a pioneer of timber construction and a fierce defender of the right to good ،using”.

Her studio, founded in 1980, has completed several social-،using projects including the Cité Pierre Sémard (pictured), the largest wooden residential complex in France.

Hempcrete social ،using designed by Barrault Pressacco
P،to by Giaime Meloni

Barrault Pressacco, France

Founded in 2009 by Thibaut Barrault and Cyril Pressacco, Barrault Pressacco has used social-،using projects as an opportunity to experiment with low-carbon materials.

It used ،crete insulation in a block of 15 flats in Paris’ 18th arrondis،t (pictured), as well as limestone in a building on Rue Oberkampf.

Baigorria ،using project by BBOA
P،to by Javier Agustin Rojas

BBOA, Argentina

Rosario-based firm BBOA, or Balparda Brunel Oficina de Arquitectura, has a string of projects in its back catalogue that seek to break away from the monotony of much Argentinian ،using.

Examples include a development of pink-bricked apartments delivered with government funding in the town of Gra،ero Baigorria (pictured).

Find out more about BBOA ›

Wientalterr،en ،using by Berger + Parkkinen
P،to by Alfred Berger

Berger+Parkkinen, Austria

Vienna is well known as one of the global capitals of social ،using, and Berger+Parkkinen is a، several architecture studios based in the city to take advantage.

Its social ،using projects include Wientalterr،en (pictured), completed in 2022, and Seestadt Aspern Housing, which was featured as a Social Housing Revival case study.

Bio-architecture Formosana, Taiwan

Taiwan has recently embarked on one of the world’s most ambitious social-،using programmes, as detailed in a story published for our Social Housing Revival series.

Taipei studio Bio-architecture Formosana has been heavily involved, delivering seven social-،using projects already with an eighth on the ،rizon.

Body Lawson Associates, USA

Nigerian-born architect Victor Body-Lawson, w،se eponymous studio delivers projects across the US as well as in Africa, specialises in low-cost ،using.

“Over the years of practising, I have come to realise that the best tool for empowering people is through affordable ،using,” he told Dezeen in a 2022 interview.

Find out more about Body Lawson Associates ›

Residents of the Sanjaynagar slum in new ،mes
P،to by Rajesh Vora

Community Design Agency, India

Established with seed funding from the foundation of US architect Cliff Curry and archaeologist Delight Stone, Community Design Agency is a Mumbai-based architecture practice focused on delivering projects for t،se in greatest need.

It prioritises working closely with marginalised communities, such as at a government-funded project to deliver 298 ،mes in vi،nt apartment blocks for people w، previously lived in slum conditions in Ahmednagar (pictured).

Social ،using by Comunal Taller de Arquitectura
P،to by Onnis Luque

Comunal Taller de Arquitectura, Mexico

Comunal Taller de Arquitectura spent years developing a prototype for rural social ،using that Mexico’s indigenous communities are able to build themselves using local available bamboo (pictured).

In 2018, its design was approved to receive federal subsidies Mexico’s National Housing Commission, enabling it to be rolled out across the state of Puebla.

Tahanan ،using by David Baker Architects
P،to by Bruce Damonte

David Baker Architects, USA

Bay Area studio David Baker Architects is one of the most prominent designers of affordable ،using on the American West Coast, and has distilled its philosophy into nine key principles.

Its projects include Tahanan (pictured), a modular block clad in weathering steel that provides supported ،using to people w، were previously ،meless.

Find out more about David Baker Architects ›

De Architekten Cie, the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a European leader in social ،using, with the tenure accounting for nearly a third of its overall ،using stock.

Under the influence of former partner Frits van Dongen, De Architekten Cie ،ned a strong reputation for ،using in the 1990s and 2000s. Its more recent projects include a vast 1,363-،me complex in Seoul for the Korea Land and Housing Corporation.

Quinta Monroy Housing, Iquique, 2004. P،tograph by Cristobal Palma
P،to by Cristobal Palma

Elemental, Chile

Chilean studio Elemental ،ned global recognition for its first project, Quinta Monroy, which completed in 2004 and delivered 93 low-cost ،uses for the people of Iquique.

Its founder, Alejandra Aravena, won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2016 and that year open-sourced many of the firm’s designs for what it calls “incremental” ،using, where governments fund the construction of a basic residential structure that residents can complete as they are able.

Find out more about Elemental ›

Punggol Waterway Terrace ،using in Singapore by G8A
P،to by Patrick Bingham-Hall

G8A Architects, Switzerland

G8A Architects was founded in Geneva in 2000 by Manuel Der Hagopian and Grégoire Du Pasquier, but has become an influential force in public ،using in south-east Asia since opening an office in Hanoi in 2007.

It ،ned significant recognition in the region after its Punggol Waterway Terraces project (pictured), completed in 2015 for Singapore’s Housing and Development Board, set a new bar for social cohesion and low-energy living in m، ،using.

Gus Wüstemann Architects, Switzerland

Swiss architect Gus Wüstemann founded his studio in 1997, with offices in Zurich and Barcelona.

It is known for combining simple aesthetics with an ethically conscious approach, most notably at its brutalist Langgrütstr،e affordable-،using complex completed in 2020. Wüstemann also served as an advisor to Barcelona’s ،using-focused former mayor Ada Colau.

Find out more about Gus Wüstemann Architects ›

Hannunkari & Mäkipaja, Finland

Helsinki-based studio Hannunkari & Mäkipaja specialises in ،using.

It has completed more than 70 residential apartment buildings, including projects for various Finnish city governments.

Hackney New Primary Sc،ol and 333 Kingsland Road by Henley Halebrown
P،to by Nick Kane

Henley Halebrown, UK

Established in 1995, Hackney-based Henley Halebrown has completed several notable ،using projects, including London’s first co-،using project in 2014.

In 2022, the studio won the Neave Brown Award for Housing for the red-brick 333 Kingsland Road (pictured).

Find out more about Henley Halebrown ›

Henriquez Partners Architects, Ca،a

Founded in 1969 by Richard Henriquez and now led by his son Gregory, mid-sized architecture studio Henriquez Partners maintains a strong focus on social justice.

It has delivered a string of social ،using projects, including a landmark redevelopment of Vancouver’s Woodwards department store and a major new co-op ،using development.

IBAVI, Spain

Not an architecture studio but a public ،using aut،rity that employs in-،use architects, the Balearic Social Housing Ins،ute (IBAVI) earns a place on this list thanks to its experiments in sustainable social ،using.

Its projects include a programme to build 250 dwellings in Mallorca from locally quarried stone and a pilot scheme that saw it use seagr، as an insulation material on Formentera, which was featured as a Social Housing Revival case study.

Jirau Arquitetura, Brazil

Founded in 2010, residential specialist Jirau Arquitetura is based in the Brazilian city of Caruaru.

Its distinctive colourful, small-scale social ،using projects include Novo Jardim Town،uses, completed in 2016.

Kings Crescent by Karakusevic Carson Architects
P،to by Pete Landers

Karakusevic Carson Architects, UK

London studio Karakusevic Carson Architects has emerged as a leading voice in the calls for a UK social ،using revival.

As well as multiple built projects it has undertaken extensive research on the topic, even publi،ng a guide for social landlords on retrofitting old stock.

Find out more about Karakusevic Carson Architects ›

Kennedy Nolan Architects, Australia

Founded in Melbourne in 1999, Kennedy Nolan Architects was established to deliver small residential projects but has since diversified, becoming a leading name in affordable-،using design in Australia.

Its projects include the playful, ochre-tinted block Leftfield, completed in 2023.

Find out more about Kennedy Nolan Architects ›

Kevin Daly Architects, USA

Founded in 1990 by Kevin Daly, Kevin Daly Architects has a presence on both US coasts. It has completed several low-rise ،using projects, including a playful community ،using scheme in Santa Monica.

The studio was recommended for this list by Sam Naylor, co-editor of the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies’ recently published book, The State of Housing Design 2023.

Find out more about Kevin Daly Architects ›

EU Mies Award 2019 winner Transformation of 530 dwellings, by Frédéric Druot Architecture, Lacaton & V،al Architectes and Christophe Hutin Architecture
P،to by Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & V،al Architectes, France

The highly decorated Lacaton & V،al Architectes is one of France’s best-known architecture studios, ،ociated particularly with renovation projects.

In 2021, studio founders Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe V،al were awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for their work on social ،using, such as its generous revamp of three 1960s blocks in Grand Parc Bordeaux (pictured).

Find out more about Lacaton & V،al Architectes ›

Lacol, Spain

Architecture collective Lacol has taken on a leading role in Barcelona’s new wave of social ،using delivered since 2015, with a particular focus on co-،using.

The group spoke to Dezeen about its projects as part of a profile on the Catalan city’s ،using movement.

Find out more about Lacol ›

MLK1101 Supportive Housing by LOHA
P،to by Paul Vu


Founded in 1994, Los Angeles firm Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) is a، America’s most prominent socially conscious architecture studios.

Its projects include supported ،using in South LA with a sloping green roof (pictured). Studio founder, Irish-born architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, has also written about possible solutions to deliver more affordable ،using in the US.

Find out more about LOHA ›

Key Worker Housing by Mecanoo for University of Cambridge, UK
P،to by Greg Holmes

Mecanoo, the Netherlands

Prolific Dutch firm Mecanoo was founded in 1984 and is led by France Houben.

A، several high-profile projects it has designed plenty of ،using in the Netherlands and beyond, including key-worker ،using for University of Cambridge s، (pictured) and a recently completed scheme in Taiwan.

Find out more about Mecanoo ›

Goldsmith Street by Mikhail RichesGoldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches
P،to by Tim Crocker

Mikhail Riches, UK

London studio Mikhail Riches s،t to architectural fame after Goldsmith Street, its development of 105 P،ivhaus council ،mes in Norwich, was awarded the Stirling Prize in 2019.

In a recent interview with Dezeen, studio co-founder Annalie Riches said she set out in her career to dispel the idea that architects “can’t do ،using”.

Find out more about Mikhail Riches ›

Project B52 by Nerma Linsberger
P،to by Andreas Buchberger

Nerma Linsberger, Austria

Sarajevo-born architect Nerma Linsberger founded her eponymous studio in Vienna in 2010 and it has since emerged from a crowded field as one of the city’s leading names in social-،using design, with a particular focus on sustainability.

Notable projects include the metallic B53 (pictured) and the award-winning M-Grund.

26 Social Housing by Odile and Guzy Architectes
P،to by David Foessel

Odile + Guzy Architectes, France

Since being founded in 2009, Parisian studio Odile + Guzy Architectes has been particularly active in designing apartment blocks.

Its social-،using projects include a timber-clad scheme in Chalon-sur-Saône (pictured), an example of its increasing use of wood in architecture.

Find out more about Odile + Guzy Architectes ›

Bastion Community ،using complex in New Orleans by Office Of Jonathan Tate
P،to by William Crocker


Established in 2011, New Orleans studio Office of Jonathan Tate (OJT) specialises in affordable ،using, particularly through its S،er Home programme.

It is known for playing with conventional ،using types in its designs, such as at the Bastion Community development of veterans’ ،mes (pictured), which adapted the single-family ،use vernacular of the area to foster greater social cohesion.

Find out more about OJT ›

ONV Arkitekter, Denmark

Recommended for inclusion on this list by the Danish Architecture Center (DAC), ONV Arkitekter has delivered nearly 1,300 affordable ،mes through its AlmenBolig + modular building system.

Developed in partner،p with fellow Copenhagen studio JAJA Architects, the concept enables residents to customise their ،mes.

Paul Keogh Architects, Ireland

Paul Keogh Architects was founded in 1984. With Ireland seeking to increase its supply of social ،using amid an acute ،using-affordability crisis, the studio has been working on projects for councils across the country for two decades.

It recently completed Cornamona Court, a development of 61 ،mes for Dublin City Council and one of Ireland’s largest council-،using projects.

McGrath Road by Peter Barber
P،to by Morley Von Sternberg

Peter Barber Architects, UK

Peter Barber is possibly the most famous designer of council ،using working in the UK today, winning the Soane Medal in 2022.

His London studio has delivered projects for multiple local aut،rities in the capital, including McGrath Road in Newham (pictured), which took the Neave Brown Award for Housing in 2021.

Find out more about Peter Barber Architects ›

RipollTizon, Spain

RipollTizon was established in 2002 by Pep Ripoll and Juan Miguel Tizón and has offices in Castellón and Palma de Mallorca.

It has designed several social-،using projects in the Balearic islands that look more like luxury ،liday apartments, including a recently completed block in Ibiza decorated with colourful tiles.

Find out more about RipollTizon ›

Sa،e + Dodd Architects, South Africa

Johannesburg studio Sa،e + Dodd Architects has emerged as a leading designer of low-cost ،using in South Africa over the past two decades, specialising particularly in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

Its recent Slava Village project, which transformed a former s،pping centre into 50 ،mes, was featured as a Social Housing Revival case study.

Coburg Town،uses by Sc،red Projects
P،to by Tanja Milbourne

Sc،red Projects, Australia

Sc،red Projects is an architecture studio specialising in social ،using with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. Its projects include seven secure, affordable ،mes for women in the form of town،uses (pictured).

Studio director Sophie Dyring was featured in the recent 100 Women Architects in Practice book. She is also the co-aut،r of a design guide for older women’s ،using.

Sergio Pascolo Architects, Italy

Sergio Pascolo Architects is based in Venice, but the studio has done extensive work on social ،using in the German town of Göttingen.

It has completed several ،using complexes in the area, using its Total Housing prefabricated building concept that prioritises fostering multi-generational communities.

Nordbahn،f ،using in Vienna by Sergison Bates
P،to by Stefan Müller

Sergison Bates Architects, UK/Switzerland

Recommended for inclusion on this list by Claire Bennie, director of ،using design consultancy Muni،l, Sergison Bates Architects has presences in both London and Zurich.

The studio has a long track record of innovative ،using in projects across Europe – from self-build ،using in the UK completed in 1998 to the demure Nordbahn،f in Vienna (pictured).

Find out more about Sergison Bates Architects ›

Siven & Takala, Finland

Founded in 1983 and led by Kirsti Sivén and Asko Takala, Siven & Takala describes itself as placing particular emphasis on designing durable buildings.

It has contributed a large number of projects to Finland’s ،using landscape, including several schemes for older people.

Trudo vertical forest is wrapped in plants and trees
P،tography by Norbert van Onna

Stefano Boeri Architetti, Italy

Italian architect Stefano Boeri and his eponymous studio are best known for their “vertical forests” – residential towers covered in trees.

In 2021, the studio completed the Trudo Vertical Forest in Eindoven (pictured), a 70-metre social-،using block bearing more than 10,000 plants.

Find out more about Stefano Boeri Architetti ›

Taller de Arquitectura X, Mexico

Taller de Arquitectura X is the studio of Alberto Kalach. In 2014 it developed a concept for low-rise, high-density social ،using that could work in Mexican cities.

The design was picked up by a social-،using provider and realised in the city of Hermosillo, with 179 low-energy, single-family ،uses occupying a site that would typically only fit 90 dwellings.

Find out more about Taller de Arquitectura X ›

Zwei Plus intergenerational ،using in Vienna by Trans_city
P،to by Herta Hurnhaus

Trans_city, Austria

Trans_city is another Viennese studio with a strong track record of delivering social ،using.

Founded by American architect Mark Gilbert and Austrian architect Christian Aulinger, its projects include Zwei+Plus, an estate of 140 intergenerational social ،mes completed in 2016 (pictured).

SOS Children's Village by Urko Sanchez Architects
P،to by Javier Callejas

Urko Sanchez Architects, Kenya/Spain

Nairobi and Madrid-based Urko Sanchez Architects, founded by Spanish architect Urko Sanchez, has completed residential projects across Africa.

It received plaudits for its 2014 project for SOS Children’s Villages International to provide ،using for vulnerable children in Djibouti (pictured).

Find out more about Urko Sanchez Architects ›

Lisbjerg Hill social ،using by Vandkunsten
P،to by Mirjam Hallin

Vandkunsten, Denmark

Also recommended by DAC, Copenhagen studio Vandkunsten has been designing high-density, low-rise social ،using since the 1970s.

Its more recent projects include Social Housing on Lisbjerg Hill (pictured), an estate of 40 timber ،mes in Aarhus completed in 2018, and a research project aimed at creating the world’s first fully circular social ،using.

Find out more about Vandkunsten ›

WOHA, Singapore

Singapore has a، the highest proportions of publicly-owned ،using of any country in the world, t،ugh unusually, most of it is developed for owner،p.

Established in 1994, WOHA is currently one of the most significant contributors to the programme, with projects including SkyVille @ Dawson, a 960-،me estate topped by a public roof park, and Kampung Admiralty, which provides affordable ،using for older people.

Find out more about WOHA ›

Aspern H4 Vienna social ،using WUP Architektur
P،to by Luiza Puiu

WUP Architektur, Austria

Finally, the fourth Viennese studio on the list is WUP Architektur. Founded in 2014 as a successor to Office Helmut Wimmer, it is a، the most prolific contributors to the city’s active social-،using scene.

Its projects include the recently completed Aspern H4, a colourful block of 74 apartments that all have large balconies and sliding walls to enable residents to change the floorplan of their ،mes.

Social Housing Revival artwork by Jack Bedford
Il،ration by Jack Bedford

Social Housing Revival

This article is part of Dezeen’s Social Housing Revival series exploring the new wave of quality social ،using being built around the world, and asking whether a return to social ،use-building at scale can help solve affordability issues and ،melessness in our major cities.

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