New York, N.Y.—Material Bank acquired Architizer, a global digital powerhouse in the architecture space. Architizer is home to the world’s largest database of architectural projects and is a renowned and trusted source for architects, interior designers, landscape architects and other AEC professionals. Material Bank’s acquisition of the platform links Architizer’s best-in-class design resources with Material Bank’s powerful specification tools, empowering the industry to work more effectively and efficiently by simplifying design decisions, according to the company.
Currently led by CEO, David Weber, Architizer was founded in 2009 by Alex Diehl, Matthias Hollwich, Marc Kushner and Ben Prosky with a mission to help architects build better buildings, better cities and a better world. The company said it has since established a strong global brand, an engaged community of more than 900,000 registered users, 335,000 architects and 25,000 firms and an expansive database of more than 3 million architectural images from 86,000 inspirational projects, showcased alongside building products from 31,000 manufacturers. For the past decade, it has also hosted the prestigious A+Awards—the world’s largest architectural awards program that celebrates the best-designed buildings from around the globe and spotlights the people, products and technology that bring them to life, according to the company.
“With an incredibly powerful database that provides seamless, curated access to building product information, Architizer allows for creativity and meaningful connections,” said Adam Sandow, founder and CEO, Material Bank. “Architizer has built an extraordinary business with a team devoted to innovation in the architecture community—this acquisition will benefit both our users and Brand Partners, and together we will build an even more comprehensive platform for the industry.”
According to the company, each project showcased on Architizer’s platform forms a valuable case study for the real-world application of different products, materials, furniture and lighting. Architizer’s integration into Material Bank’s ecosystem is a natural one, according to the company, and creates much-needed synergy between the research and action stages of the design process.
“It is a winning proposition to bring together Material Bank’s unparalleled database of design products with Architizer’s robust database of architectural projects,” Weber said. “We’re excited to combine our data and resources to build better tools that serve the global community of architects and designers.” Architizer said it will continue to operate independently as a subsidiary of Material Bank led by Weber.