We launched Architizer two years ago with the express idea of using the internet to change how architects do business. Looks like we are nailing it!
Last week, we reached 10,000 registered firms on Architizer. Though sometimes I wish we were the type of company to lean back and pop champagne corks, that is sooooooooooo not us. After two years, 10,000 firms, 37,000 projects and nearly 500,000 Facebook fans, there's still work to be done in increasing the awareness and visibility of architecture.
We are planning even more competitions to get firms work and to link architecture with cultural movements, like we did with the Pop Up Chapel. Our new jobs page is growing to become a leading resource for architecture employment throughout the world. Projects on Architizer are being picked up in places like the New York Times, Gizmodo, Fast Company, NotCot, and we have great content sharing deals with places like Huffington Post, The Atlantic Cities, and Flavorwire. Oh! Did we mention that our iPad app, with more than 100,000 downloads, is featured in every single Apple store in the USA? Yeah. Even Apple likes us!
All of this would not have been possible without the wild support and enthusiasm of the architecture and design community. When we launched at Storefront for Art and Architecture and 400 people showed up on a cold NYC night, we had a feeling that people were ready for a revolution. Every day, we are blown away by the openness and excitement we encounter from deisgn professionals all over the world.
There are super exciting things coming from Architizer in the coming months, so stay tuned, message me on Architizer to tell me what you think of the job we are doing, and let us know if you think there is something we can improve. Together we can change an entire profession and make everyone realize that they are a fan of architecture.
By the way! We wanted to craft a video introduction to Architizer that shows just how diverse our site is, so we asked six of our friends and colleagues to sit down and discuss Architizer and its impact on their work. Check it out above, along with our newly remodeled About Us page. You'll see:
- Axis Mundi's John Beckmann, who connected with a client who saw his firm's provocative alternative design for the Whitney Museum expansion on Architizer.
- Forrest Jesse, architect at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, whose Sleep Suit project gained viral traction on Architizer.
- Leong Leong principles Chris and Dominic, winners of BOFFO's Building Fashion pop-up competition in 2010.
- Jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth, for whom TheVeryMany designed a pop-up store as part of BOFFO's Building Fashion 2011 competition on Architizer.
- Christine Abbate of Novità Communications, NYC's leading public relations and communications firm for architects and designers.
- Dese'Rae Starks and Katie Starks, one of 24 couples married in the Pop Up Chapels designed by the winners of a competition hosted on Architizer last summer.