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Material Bank acquires global digital architecture website Architizer

United States Architecture News - Jun 23, 2022 - 14:19   1774 views

Material Bank acquires global digital architecture website Architizer

US company Material Bank, the world’s largest marketplace for architectural, design, and construction materials, has acquired global digital architecture platform Architizer.

Architizer has been acquired as part of Material Bank's strategic expansion into 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 (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) AEC professionals. 

"The acquisition will empower the industry to work more effectively and efficiently by simplifying design decisions"

In an announcement by Material Bank, the company explained that the acquisition of the platform "will link Architizer’s best-in-class design resources with Material Bank’s powerful specification tools."

This will "empower the industry to work more effectively and efficiently by simplifying design decisions," according to Material Bank.

"It is a winning proposition to bring together Material Bank’s unparalleled database of design products with Architizer’s robust database of architectural projects," said Architizer CEO David Weber.

"We’re excited to combine our data and resources to build better tools that serve the global community of architects and designers," Weber added.

Architizer, currently led by CEO David Weber, 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. 

Since then, the platform has 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. 

"With an incredibly powerful database that provides seamless, curated access to building product information, Architizer allows for creativity and meaningful connections," said Material Bank’s Founder and CEO, Adam I. Sandow, who aims to move the architecture and design industry forward.

Material Bank acquires global digital architecture website Architizer

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"This acquisition will benefit both our users and Brand Partners"

"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," Sandow added.

Each project showcased on Architizer’s platform forms a valuable case study for the real-world application of different products, materials, furniture, and lighting. 

This deeply contextual content provides a key foundation for informed decision-making when it comes to requesting samples and ultimately specifying materials and products.

"Architizer’s integration into Material Bank’s ecosystem is a natural one, creating much-needed synergy between the research and action stages of the design process," said Material Bank. 

As Material Bank explained, Architizer will continue to operate independently as a subsidiary of Material Bank led by David Weber.

Founded in 2019, Material Bank is a marketplace for design professionals and brands in the architecture and design industry, providing the fastest and most sustainable way to search, sample, and specify materials. 

Currently, the platform is exclusively available to design professionals in the United States and Canada.

Other global architecture platforms have been part of a similar move. Archdaily was sold to Architonic in 2020, later in 2022 Designboom was acquired by Archdaily and Architonic and converged in a single organization, called DAAily Platforms. 

Similarly, Dezeen was sold to Danish media group JP/Politiken in 2021.

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