List of Famous Urban Planners People

List of Famous Urban Planners

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List of famous urban planners, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top urban planners in the world? This includes the most prominent urban planners, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable urban planners is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic urban planners 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 urban planners.

This list has a variety of people, like Marcy Kaptur and Le Corbusier, in it.

From reputable, prominent, and well known urban planners to the lesser known urban planners of today, these are some of the best professionals in the urban planner field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous urban planners ever?" and "What are the names of famous urban planners?" then you're in the right place. (88 items)


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    Marcy Kaptur
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    Marcia Carolyn "Marcy" Kaptur is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, who has served since 1983. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, anchored by the city of Toledo, includes all of Ottawa and Erie counties, and part of Lucas and Lorain counties. Serving her ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Urban planner
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    Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1887-1965)
    • Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
    • Profession: Designer, Architect, Writer, Visual Artist, Urban planner
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    Remment Lucas "Rem" Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Koolhaas studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at Cornell ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Rijnmond, Netherlands, Rijnmond, South Holland, European Netherlands, + more
    • Profession: Designer, Architect, Urban planner
    • Credits: Body and Soul
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    Edward W. Soja

    Edward William Soja is a postmodern political geographer and urban planner on the faculty at UCLA, where he is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning, and the London School of Economics. He has a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. His early research focused on planning in Kenya. In addition to his ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Urban planner
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    Jane Jacobs
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    Jane Jacobs OC OOnt was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Her influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities argued that urban renewal did not respect the needs of most city-dwellers. The book also introduced sociology ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1916-2006)
    • Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Author, Writer, Philosopher, Urban planner
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    Nanasaheb Peshwa
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    Balaji Baji Rao, also known as Nana Sahib Peshwa, was the son of Bajirao from his marriage with Kashibai and one of the Peshwa of the Maratha Empire. He contributed heavily to the development of the city of Pune, India. He was appointed as Peshwa by Chattrapati Shahu himself. At time of his death in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1721-1761)
    • Profession: Religious Leader, Urban planner
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    Paul Lester Wiener

    Paul Lester Wiener was an American architect and urban planner.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1895-1967)
    • Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
    • Profession: Architect, Urban planner
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    Robert Moses
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    Robert Moses was the "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City, Long Island, Rockland County, and Westchester County, New York. As the shaper of a modern city, he is sometimes compared to Baron Haussmann of Second Empire Paris, and was arguably one of the most polarizing figures in the history ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1888-1981)
    • Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect, Urban planner
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    Kevin Andrew Lynch was an American urban planner and author. His most influential books include The Image of the City and What Time is This Place?.more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1918-1984)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Urban planner
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    Cornelis van Eesteren was a prominent Dutch architect and urban planner. He worked for the Town Planning department of Amsterdam and was the chairman of the CIAM.more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1897-1988)
    • Birthplace: Kinderdijk, Netherlands
    • Profession: Professor, Architect, Urban planner
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    Edmund Norwood Bacon was a noted American urban planner, architect, educator and author. During his tenure as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 1949 to 1970, his visions shaped today's Philadelphia, the city in which he was born, to the extent that he is sometimes ...more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1910-2005)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Author, Architect, Urban planner
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    Daniel Burnham
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    Daniel Hudson Burnham, FAIA was an American architect and urban designer. He was the Director of Works for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Burnham took a leading role in the creation of master plans for the development of a number of cities, including Chicago, Manila and downtown ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1846-1912)
    • Birthplace: Henderson, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Designer, Architect, Urban planner
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    George Kessler
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    George Edward Kessler was a German American pioneer city planner and landscape architect. Over the course of his forty-one year career, George E. Kessler completed over 200 projects and prepared plans for 26 communities, 26 park and boulevard systems, 49 parks, 46 estates and residences, and 26 schools.more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1862-1923)
    • Birthplace: Bad Frankenhausen, Germany
    • Profession: Architect, Landscape architect, Urban planner
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    Peter Hoyt Brown
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    Peter Hoyt Brown is a politician who held office as an at-large Council Member in the city of Houston, Texas. Known locally as "Peter Brown," he was a candidate for the 2009 Houston Mayoral race, to succeed then Mayor Bill White who vacated the position due to term limits. Although an independent poll ...more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Architect, Urban planner
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    John Nash
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    John Nash was a British architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency London under the patronage of the Prince Regent, and during his reign as George IV. Nash was also a pioneer in the use of the Picturesque in architecture. His best-known buildings are the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1752-1835)
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Lambeth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Real estate development, Architect, Urban planner
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    James Dow Constantine, better known as Dow Constantine, is an American politician in the state of Washington where he currently serves as King County Executive, an office he has held since November 2009. He was previously in the state legislature and on the King County Council, chairing the latter ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Washington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, West Seattle, + more
    • Profession: Politician, Attorney at law, Urban planner, Lawyer
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    John Nolen was an American landscape architect. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nolen was orphaned as a child and placed in Girard College. After he graduated first in his class in 1884, he worked as a grocery clerk and secretary to the Girard Estate Trust Fund before enrolling in the Wharton School ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1869-1937)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Landscape architect, Urban planner
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    Josep Lluís Sert i López was a Catalan architect and city planner.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1902-1983)
    • Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
    • Profession: Architect, Urban planner
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    Charles Correa is a noted Indian architect, urban planner and activist. An influential architect credited for the creation of modern architecture in post-Independence India. He is noted for his sensitivity to the needs of the urban poor and for his use of traditional methods and materials. He has been ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Secunderabad, India
    • Profession: Architect, Urban planner
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    James Rouse
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    James Rouse is the founder of Columbia Association.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1914-1996)
    • Birthplace: Easton, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Urban planner
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