List of Famous Architects People

List of Famous Architects

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List of famous architects, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top architects in the world? This includes the most prominent architects, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable architects is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic architects were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned architects.

Use every person on this list for yours, from Thomas Jefferson to Leonardo da Vinci.

From reputable, prominent, and well known architects to the lesser known architects of today, these are some of the best professionals in the architect field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous architects ever?" and "What are the names of famous architects?" then you're in the right place. (1540 items)


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    Arnold Daniel Palmer is a retired American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in men's professional golf history. He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed "The King", he is one of golf's most popular ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Designer, Professional golfer, Architect
    • Credits: June 17th, 1994, Call Me Bwana, Pinehurst, Chicken Soup: Conversations for the Golfer's Soul, + more
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    Buckminster Fuller
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    Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetic. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1895-1983)
    • Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Poet, Visionary, Inventor, Designer, + more
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    Bobby Jones
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    Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr. was an American amateur golfer, and a lawyer by profession. Jones founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club, and co-founded the Masters Tournament. Jones was the most successful amateur golfer ever to compete on a national and international level. During his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1902-1971)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Golfer, Architect, Lawyer
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    Albert Speer
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    Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer was a German architect who was, for a part of World War II, Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich. Speer was Adolf Hitler's chief architect before assuming ministerial office. As "the Nazi who said sorry", he accepted moral responsibility at ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1905-1981)
    • Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
    • Profession: Politician, Architect, Writer
    • Credits: Inside The Third Reich, As from Afar
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    Professor Sir George Grenfell-Baines OBE DL was an English architect and town planner. Born in Preston, as George Baines, his family’s humble circumstances forced him to start work at the age of fourteen. Both George and his younger brother, Richard, were prodigiously gifted mathematicians and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1908-2003)
    • Birthplace: City of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Architect
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    Ai Weiwei is a film producer and film director.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Beijing, China
    • Profession: Film Producer, Cinematographer, Designer, Film Editor, Contemporary artist, + more
    • Credits: So Sorry, Ordos 100, Ping'an Yueqing, Fairytale, Chang'an Boulevard, + more
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    El Greco
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    El Greco, born Doménikos Theotokópoulos, was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" was a nickname, a reference to his Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος, often adding the word ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1541-1614)
    • Birthplace: Kingdom of Candia
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Architect, Artist
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    Frank Lloyd Wright
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    Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1867-1959)
    • Birthplace: Richland Center, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Interior designer, Designer, Architect, Writer, + more
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    Alfred Rosenberg
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    Alfred Ernst Rosenberg was a Baltic German philosopher and an influential ideologue of the Nazi Party. Rosenberg was first introduced to Adolf Hitler by Dietrich Eckart; he later held several important posts in the Nazi government. He is considered one of the main authors of key Nazi ideological creeds, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1893-1946)
    • Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
    • Profession: Politician, Architect, Writer, Philosopher
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    Italian Jesuit architect who stopped in Macau foe about two years 1600-1602, and designed the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Macau,completed in 1627.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1564-1622)
    • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
    • Profession: Missionary, Architect
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    Charles Percier
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    Charles Percier was a neoclassical French architect, interior decorator and designer, who worked in a close partnership with Pierre François Léonard Fontaine, originally his friend from student days. For work undertaken from 1794 onward, trying to ascribe conceptions or details to one or other of them ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1764-1838)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Architect
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    Antonio da Costa Santos was a Brazilian architect and politician affiliated to the Workers' Party. Toninho took office as Mayor of Campinas, on January 1, 2001. He was shot to death at 10:15 pm, September 10, 2001, as he was driving home alone from a shopping mall. The details and motives of his murder, ...more

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    • Profession: Politician, Architect
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    Eero Saarinen
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    Eero Saarinen was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for shaping his neofuturistic style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism.more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1910-1961)
    • Birthplace: Kirkkonummi, Finland
    • Profession: Designer, Architect
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    Annika Sörenstam is a Swedish retired professional golfer whose achievements rank her as one of the most successful female golfers in history. Before stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season, she won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Bro, Sweden, Sweden
    • Profession: Designer, Professional golfer, Architect
    • Credits: Jim Rome Is Burning, Monday Night Golf
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    Christopher Wren
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    Sir Christopher Michael Wren PRS is one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including his masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral, on Ludgate Hill, completed in 1710. The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1632-1723)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, South West England, United Kingdom, England, Wiltshire, + more
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Architect
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    Frank Gehry
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    Frank Owen Gehry, CC is a Canadian architect born in Canada, currently a United States resident based in Los Angeles. A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become world-renowned tourist attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Designer, Architect
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    Arne Emil Jacobsen, Hon. FAIA was a Danish architect and designer. He is remembered for his contribution to architectural Functionalism as well as for the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple but effective chair designs.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1902-1971)
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Profession: Designer, Architect
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    Chuck Hoberman is an artist, engineer, architect, and inventor of folding toys and structures, most notably the Hoberman sphere.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Architect, Engineer
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    Alvar Aalto
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    Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer, as well as a sculptor and painter. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware. Aalto's early career runs in parallel with the rapid economic growth and industrialization of Finland during the first half of the twentieth ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1898-1976)
    • Birthplace: Kuortane, Finland
    • Profession: Architect
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    Gary Player DMS; OIG is a South African professional golfer, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf. Over his career, Player accumulated nine major championships on the regular tour and six Champions Tour major championship victories, as well as three Senior British Open ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Profession: Golfer, Architect
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