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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
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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: 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: 71
    • Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
    • 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: 75
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Urban planner
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    Jane Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
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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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
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    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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
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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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