Architect: SHoP Architects
Year completed: 2012
Located in New York City, SHoP Architects was founded in 1996. The firm is led by seven principals: Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples, William Sharples, Kimberly J. Holden, Gregg Pasquarelli, Jonathan Mallie, and Vishaan Chakrabarti. With over 160 architects and designers on staff, the firm has won numerous awards, including recognition from the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in New York City. Despite all their allocates, SHoP has made some regrettable design choices, the main offense being Brooklyn's new Barclays Center.
The stadium, completed in 2012, has garnered a lot of criticism from the surrounding community. According to Business Insider, "A lot of residents think it's ugly, and some go as far as calling the Barclays center an 'eyesore.' The facade of the building is covered in Cor-Ten—a type of weathering steel. While it is popular among architects, it can look 'unfinished' and rusty."