Lots of architects have awful web sites. There are the Flash-based interfaces that don’t allow you to easily go back to something you just saw. There are long introductory videos you can’t skip, or slide shows you can’t pause to get a closer look at a specific image. Odd music plays unexpectedly. The contact information is buried in a nest of menus. Above all, far too often the site is all about the architecture firm’s work, and making sure you see it in the way that they think you should see it. Too many times there is little consideration given for what the site users, especially potential clients, might actually want or need.
With that said, there are also a number of architects and architecture firms that get it right. To focus on these positive examples, I asked today’s panel to tell us which site is their favorite, and why.