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Following the release of the AD100 2018, we have to surf through the aftermath created by Architectural Digest. By releasing the list of the best architects in 2018, the magazine created a chain of events in the architectural world. Some agree with the list, and some don’t. Regardless of the uproar caused by the 2018 list, the AD100 2018is filled with talent, some of them are newcomers, while others are veterans. Today, Daily Design News decided to pick the best American architects from the AD list. Join us and find out more about these enormous talents!


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Paul Fortune Design Studio



The Los Angeles–based talent designs with both a modern eye and a deference to the past. A tell-all monograph-cum-memoir detailing significant projects and stories from Fortune’s peregrinations through the beau monde. He has incredibly notorious clients such as Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola, Dasha Zhukova, Nate Ruess and Charlotte Ronson.


Aero Studios



The heart of Aero is the studio, a master design office that supports every aspect of O’Brien’s business. The studio covers three practices: architecture, interiors, and product design. These function in an interdisciplinary model, where crossover and collaboration are the rules rather than the exceptions among the office’s many types of projects. In architecture and interiors, O’Brien’s work is well documented. Residential commissions range from reconfigured lofts to formal apartments; historic country houses and modernist beach homes to new architectural additions and buildings.


Bestor Architecture



Since 1995, Bestor Architecture has actively redefined Los Angeles architecture with a practice that rigorously engages the city through design, art, and urbanism. Increasingly, the firm applies L.A.’s lessons to national undertakings. Projects such as Beats by Dre headquarters, Blackbirds small-lot housing development, and Intelligentsia café illustrate a continued exploration of architectural form through experimentation, research, and graphics.


Billy Cotton



Billy cotton is a multi-disciplinary American design firm known for its intelligence and unique sensibility. Led by creative director Billy Cotton, its mission is to imbue environments and products with originality and nuance. Specializing in a multi-scaled approach to design, billy cotton’s work spans architecture, interiors, furniture, lighting and product design. The practice produces projects ranging from residential to commercial as well as new constructions and renovations.


Dan Fink Studios



Dan Fink is an interior design studio with a broad interest in history, art, and new American living. Started in silicon valley in 2010, our work includes residential and commercial projects in new york city, San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Maui, and New Zealand. We bring to our work a spirit that is at once classic, modern, and heartfelt, as we reinvent the traditional interior design process for our 21st-century clients.



Fox – Nahem Associates



Fox-Nahem Associates is a personal, client-oriented, hands-on firm. Always using discretion to protect privacy, many clients come back for additional projects.  Overseeing every facet to turn-key completion, from architecture to bed linens, the firm’s projects finish on time and within the budget.


Georgis & Mirgorodsky



The firm has designed and completed numerous residential, institutional, and commercial projects in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. These include new houses in Southampton, New York, the Bahamas, Montana, La Jolla, California, Aspen and New York City, the Tiffany Gallery at the Museum of the City of New York, The Grill and The Pool restaurants at New York’s Seagram Building, interiors of a Gulfstream G650 jet, and the renovation of the public spaces of the landmarked Lever House in New York City. In addition, the firm has completed the design of Manhattan condominium projects at 350 West Broadway, 530 Park Avenue and 100 East 53rd Street. Georgis & Mirgorodsky has also completed designs for the Gramercy Park Hotel and a line of furniture for Maison Gerard, New York.


Jan Showers



Dallas-based designer Jan Showers came to her signature style from diverse and unexpected inspirations, including movies and novels, contemporary and vintage fashion, art, architecture, fine antiques, and vintage pieces. Filtered through her unique sensibility, the culmination of these influences is usually summarized simply as “glamour.” It’s fitting then that Jan has written two books on the subject: Glamorous Rooms and her follow-up, Glamorous Retreats, both published by Abrams. Glamorous Rooms is now in its twelfth printing. Together, her books display a cross-section of the styles and decorative preferences that have made Jan and her firm one of the most important in the country.


Kelly Wearstler



Kelly Wearstler’s eponymous global luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and sophisticated soulful vibe pioneered by the celebrated interior designer. The brand’s breadth of influence spans from residential and commercial interior design to curated collections of furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics and trims, wall coverings, luxe bedding, fine china, decorative home accessories, jewellery and objets d’art. With a signature style that juxtaposes raw with refined, melds colour, sophistication and spirited spontaneity, and seamlessly blends diverse periods of furniture under one roof, Wearstler has revolutionized the look, feel and meaning of modern American design.


Madison Cox Associates


Cox’s favourite gardens are just as eclectic, including Marrakech’s Foundation Jardin Majorelle (Cox, the garden’s longtime vice president, is its new director); Scotland’s Little Sparta; Ganna Walska Lotusland in Montecito, California; and the Mediterranean Garden Society’s Garden near Athens. Cox has only one professional hero, though: that would be the late, great Russell Page, the British garden grandee who counted Agnelli among his own devoted clients.



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Source: Architectural Digest