April 30 - 1 WTC surpasses the height of the Empire State Building to become the tallest building in New York City.
July - Mausoleums and a mosque in Timbuktu (Mali) are deliberately attacked by rebels, a war crime for which Ahmad al-Mahdi in 2016 pleads guilty before the International Criminal Court.
The fifth World Architecture Festival is held in Singapore.
Second hurricane survival of 1 WTC.
It is announced that the Opera House, Wellington, is below 34% of the earthquake code and may have to close for strengthening work to be carried out.
November - The Japanese government announces plans for a new National Olympic Stadium (Tokyo) for the 2020 Summer Olympics based on a design by Zaha Hadid; these will be abandoned in 2015.
December 11 - 1 WTC's spire comes to New York City.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum extension in Boston, Massachusetts, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the tallest hotel in the world, in Dubai.
January 1 - Ada Bridge, one of the tallest bridges in Europe, in Belgrade, Serbia.
January 5 - Baluarte Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in Latin America.
February - Extension to Städel art gallery in Frankfurt, Germany, designed by schneider+schumacher.
January 6 - Porta Macedonia, Skopje, designed by sculptor Valentina Stefanovska.
February 28 - Halley VI Research Station, designed by Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects, becomes operational in the Antarctic.
March - Jerwood Gallery on The Stade in Hastings, England, designed by Hana Loftus and Tom Grieve of HAT Projects.
March 18 - Bharati (research station) in Antarctica.
March 19 - Western concourse, London King's Cross railway station, designed by John McAslan + Partners.
March 24 - Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge, Warsaw, the eighth road bridge in the capital of Poland.
March 29 - Refurbished Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney with new Mordant Wing, designed by Sam Marshall.
March 31 - Sandworm by Marco Casagrande, in the Beaufort04 Triennial of Contemporary art in Wenduine, Belgium. The work is both architecture and environmental art.
April 4 - Twin Sails Bridge, Poole, England, by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
April 10 - SeaCity Museum, Southampton, England, with extension by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
April 20 - Belfast MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) in Northern Ireland, by Hackett Hall McKnight.
May 10 - Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan, designed by Zaha Hadid.
May 11 - ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower and sculpture in Olympic Park, London, designed by Anish Kapoor with Cecil Balmond and Ushida Findlay Architects.
June 29 - Cloud Forest and Flower Dome Bay South Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects (landscape design by Grant Associates).
July 3 - Giant's Causeway Visitors' Centre in Northern Ireland designed by Heneghan Peng for the National Trust.
July 5 - Shard London Bridge, designed by Renzo Piano, the tallest building in the European Union (2012–present).
July 18 - Tate Modern, London, opens The Tanks performance art/installation space, refurbished by Herzog & de Meuron.
July 27 - Opening of 2012 Summer Olympics based at Olympic Park, London, England, with site design by the EDAW Consortium (including EDAW and Buro Happold), working with Arup and WS Atkins; taken over by LDA Design in conjunction with Hargreaves Associates. Individual buildings include
Olympic Stadium, designed by Populous
London Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid
London Velopark, designed by Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP, and Grant Associates
ArcelorMittal Orbit tower, designed by Anish Kapoor (see above)
August 3 - Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane, Australia.
September 21 - Islamic art gallery at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, designed by Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti.
September 23 - Renovation and new wing for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architekten.
October 17 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City, designed by Louis Kahn.
October 24 - Boekenberg ("Book mountain") public library in Spijkenisse, Netherlands, designed by MVRDV.
December 11 - Le Louvre-Lens art gallery in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France, designed by SANAA.
Flame Towers, Baku, Azerbaijan, designed by HOK.
ME Hotel, London, designed by Foster and Partners.
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art new buildings are opened in Oslo, Norway.
January 6 - Porta Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia.
February 29 - Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, is completed in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan.
June - Airport Link, a 6.7 km road tunnel in Brisbane, the longest in Australia.
September - NEO Bankside apartments in London, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
November 1 - Mercury City Tower, in Moscow, topped-out to become the tallest building in Europe (2012–2014).
Abraj Al Bait in Mecca, the tallest buildings in Saudi Arabia.
Absolute World in Mississauga, Ontario, designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Studio.
Church of Pentecost, Vinkovci, Serbia, a replica of the 18th century church that was destroyed during the Croatian War of Independence.
Princess Tower, the world's tallest residential building, is completed in Dubai.
Soleil, the tallest building in Brisbane, Australia designed by DBI Design.
Astley Castle in North Warwickshire, England, is refurbished for the Landmark Trust by Witherford Watson Mann Architects (winner, Stirling Prize, 2013).
University of Limerick Medical School in Ireland designed by Grafton Architects.
Sarajevo City Center.
The Wilson art gallery and museum extension and refurbishment in Cheltenham, England, designed by BGS Architects.
AIA Architecture Firm Award – Vincent James Associates Architects
AIA Gold Medal – Steven Holl
Alvar Aalto Medal - Paulo David
Emporis Skyscraper Award – Absolute World in Mississauga designed by Burka Architects and MAD Studio
Lawrence Israel Prize - Diller Scofidio + Renfro
LEAF Award, Overall Winner – Sou Fujimoto Architects
Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate – Henning Larsen
Pritzker Architecture Prize – Wang Shu
Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture – Michael Graves
RAIA Gold Medal – Lawrence Nield
RIBA Royal Gold Medal – Herman Hertzberger
Stirling Prize – Stanton Williams, for Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University
Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture – Rafael Moneo
Twenty-five Year Award – Frank Gehry for Gehry Residence, Santa Monica
Vincent Scully Prize – Paul Goldberger
January 4 - Rod Robbie, Canadian architect (born 1928)
January 8 - John Madin, English architect (born 1924)
March 21 - Bruno Giacometti, Swiss architect (born 1907)
June 4 - Peter Beaven, New Zealand architect (born 1925)
Francis Bonaert, Belgian architect (born 1914) was a Belgian architect.
Günther Domenig, Austrian architect (born 1934)
June 19 - Gerhard M. Kallmann, German-born American architect (born 1915)
July 2 - Angelo Mangiarotti, Italian architect and industrial designer (born 1929)
August 20 - Dom Mintoff, Maltese architect and Prime Minister (born 1916)
August 26 - Peter L. Shelton, American architect and interior designer (born 1945)
October 6 - Ulrich Franzen (born 1921), German-born American architect
October 26 - John M. Johansen, American architect (born 1916)
Wayland Tunley, British architect associated with Milton Keynes (born 1937)
Lebbeus Woods, American architect and artist (born 1940)
November 1 - Gae Aulenti), Italian architect, interior and lighting designer (born 1927
November 4 - David Resnick, Brazilian-born Israeli architect and town planner (born 1924)
December 5 - Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (born 1907)
December 14 - Alan Colquhoun, British architect (born 1921)
2012 in architecture Wikipedia
The year 2012 in architecture involved some significant architectural events and new buildings.