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The year 1987 in architecture involved some significant architectural events and new buildings.
- August 13 – The first building in England of post-war design to be Listed is Bracken House in the City of London, designed by Sir Albert Richardson as the Financial Times headquarters (1955–59).
- Construction of Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, designed by Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers, begins; it will not be completed for 30 years.
- February – The CenTrust Tower in Miami.
- June – The Menil Collection, in Houston, Texas, United States, designed by Renzo Piano.
- August – National Library of New Zealand in Wellington.
- August 17 – One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, United States (Phase 1): the first tenant moves in.
- The Riga Radio and TV Tower in Riga, Latvia.
- One Atlantic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
- The Shaanxi Provincial TV Tower in Xian, China.
- Comerica Bank Tower in Dallas, Texas, US.
- Metropolitan Tower in Manhattan, New York City, US.
- The JPMorgan Chase Tower in Dallas, Texas, US.
- 1000 Second Avenue in Seattle, Washington, US, designed by Donald Winkelmann of NBBJ.
- KPMG Tower in Montreal, Canada
- The tower at Stade Olympique et La Tour de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is completed, 11 years after the Olympics took place, after a number of strikes by workers.
- King Saud Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
- The original 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, New York as the final building in the original World Trade Center complex.
- The Clore Gallery at Tate Britain in London, designed by James Stirling.
- Richmond Riverside, London, designed by Quinlan Terry.
- The Mound Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, designed by Michael Hopkins & Partners.
- Paustian House, a furniture showroom in Copenhagen designed by Jørn Utzon.
- The Pan Pacific Singapore.
- "House on chicken legs" residential apartment building in Saint Petersburg.
- 50 Glebe Place in Chelsea, London.
- Southern Outfall Pumping Station, Cleethorpes, England, designed by Sam Scorer.
- Aga Khan Prize – Jean Nouvel for the Institute of the Arab World in Paris.
- Architecture Firm Award – Benjamin Thompson & Associates, Inc..
- Grand prix national de l'architecture – Jean Nouvel.
- Pritzker Prize – Kenzo Tange.
- Prix de l'Équerre d'Argent – Jean Nouvel and Architecture Studio for the Institute of the Arab World in Paris.
- RAIA Gold Medal – Daryl Jackson.
- RIBA Royal Gold Medal – Ralph Erskine.
- Twenty-five Year Award – Bavinger House.
- UIA Gold Medal – Reima Pietila.
- Harwood, Elain (2003). England: a Guide to Post-War Listed Buildings (rev. ed.). London: Batsford. ISBN 0-7134-8818-2.
- "About the Menil". Houston Museum District. Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- "A Moving Day on a Grand Scale". The Philadelphia Inquirer: B07. 1987-08-16.
- Douglas, George H. (2004). Skyscrapers: A Social History of the Very Tall Building in America. Jefferson (N.C.): McFarland.
- "Building big: Databank: Olympic Stadium". WGBH. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- Hardingham, Samantha (1996). London: a guide to recent architecture (3rd ed.). London: Ellipsis. ISBN 1-899858-08-3.
- Bridget Cherry; Nikolaus Pevsner (1991-03-01). London 3: North West. Yale University Press. p. 576. ISBN 978-0-300-09652-1.
- Weirup, Torben, ed. (2003). Det Åbne Vindue: et essay om arkitekten Johan Otto von Spreckelsen. ISBN 87-985316-3-8.
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