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World Famous Architects Throughout History

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The most famous architects in history come from all over the world and include some of the best known historical architects as well as the most talented architects of the modern age from around the world.

Who are the best architects of all time? Choosing the best architect in the world from all these great architects can seem like a daunting task - especially when considering all architects from all time - but these are the architects with the most significant achievements in the medium. Architectural artists and influential architects from around the world can be found on this list, and the famous architects can be sorted by any column.

This architects list can be used to start your own list own list of famous architects and their work, world renowned architects and other drafters and designers in the field of architecture who you feel merit distinction and praise for their achievements.


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    Antoni Gaudí
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    Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was a Spanish Catalan architect from Reus and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's works reflect an individualized and distinctive style. Most are located in Barcelona, including his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família. Gaudí's work was influenced by his passions ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1852-1926)
    • Place of Birth: Reus, Tarragona, Spain
    • Style: Art Nouveau, Modernisme, Gothic Revival architecture, Organic architecture
    • Structures: Sagrada Família, Church of Colònia Güell, Episcopal Palace, Astorga, Palau Güell, + more
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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
    • Place of Birth: Toronto, Canada
    • Style: Postmodern architecture, Reconstructivist, Modern architecture, Deconstructivism, Postmodernism
    • Structures: Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, Frank Gehry Residence, Peter B. Lewis Building, Santa Monica Place, BP Pedestrian Bridge, + more
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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)
    • Place of Birth: Richland Center, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Style: Textile Block, Modern architecture, Prairie School, Organic architecture
    • Structures: Beth Sholom Congregation, Coonley House, The Last Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Park Inn Hotel, John D. Haynes House, D. D. Martin House Complex, + more
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    Richard Neutra
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    Richard Joseph Neutra was an American architect. Living and building for the majority of his career in Southern California, he came to be considered among the most important modernist architects.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1892-1970)
    • Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria
    • Style: Mid-Century modern, Desert Modernism, Modern architecture, International Style
    • Structures: Congregational Church in Hacienda Heights, Rajagopal Addition, Kronish House, Baldwin House by Neutra, Nuffer Cabin, + more
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    Santiago Calatrava
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    Santiago Calatrava Valls is a Spanish neofuturistic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter. He has offices in New York City, Doha, and Zürich, where he now resides.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Place of Birth: Benimàmet, Valencia
    • Style: Contemporary architecture, High-tech architecture
    • Structures: Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife, Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, Zurich Stadelhofen railway station, James Joyce Bridge, Gare do Oriente, + more
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    Louis Kahn
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    Louis Isadore Kahn was an American architect, based in Philadelphia. After working in various capacities for several firms in Philadelphia, he founded his own atelier in 1935. While continuing his private practice, he served as a design critic and professor of architecture at Yale School of Architecture ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1901-1974)
    • Place of Birth: Kuressaare, Estonia
    • Style: Mid-Century modern, Modern architecture
    • Structures: Kimbell Art Museum, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy Library, Trenton Jewish Community Center Bath House and Day Camp, + more
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    Oscar Niemeyer
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    Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital ...more

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    • Age: Died at 105 (1907-2012)
    • Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Style: Modern architecture, Futurist architecture
    • Structures: Latin America Memorial, Palácio do Jaburu, Penang State Mosque, National Congress building, Anhembi Sambadrome, + more
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    Daniel Libeskind
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    Daniel Libeskind is a Polish-American architect, artist, professor and set designer of Polish Jewish descent. Libeskind founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its principal design architect. His buildings include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, the extension to the ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Place of Birth: Łódź, Poland
    • Structures: Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Imperial War Museum North, The Crystals, One World Trade Center, L Tower, + more
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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)
    • Place of Birth: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
    • Style: Modern architecture, International Style
    • Structures: National Museum of Western Art, Tsentrosoyuz building, Palace of Justice, Chandigarth, India, + more
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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)
    • Place of Birth: Kirkkonummi, Finland
    • Style: Mid-Century modern, Modern architecture, Futurist architecture, Futurism
    • Structures: IBM Rochester, John Deere World Headquarters, Eames House, Charles J. and Ingrid V. (Frendberg) Koebel House, Christ Church Lutheran, + more
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    Richard Meier
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    Richard Meier is an American abstract artist and architect, whose geometric designs make prominent use of the color white. A winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1984, some of his more iconic buildings include the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Getty Center in Los Angeles.more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Place of Birth: Downtown Newark, Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Structures: Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Twin Parks Northeast Housing Complex, Frederick J. Smith House, Museum für angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, + more
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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)
    • Place of Birth: Kuortane, Finland
    • Style: Mid-Century modern, Modern architecture
    • Structures: Säynätsalo Town Hall, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, PK2 Summa Mill Building, Villa Mairea, Mount Angel Abbey, + more
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    I. M. Pei
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    Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I. M. Pei, is a Chinese-born American architect often called the master of modern architecture. In 1948, Pei was recruited by New York real estate magnate William Zeckendorf. There he spent seven years before establishing his own independent design firm I. M. Pei & ...more

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    • Age: age 98
    • Place of Birth: Guangzhou, China
    • Style: High-tech architecture
    • Structures: Harbor Towers, Tour EDF, Society Hill Towers, Kips Bay Towers, Fairmont Singapore, + more
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    Moshe Safdie
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    Moshe Safdie, CC, FAIA is an Israeli/Canadian/American architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author. He is most identified with Habitat 67, which paved the way for his international career.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Place of Birth: Haifa, Israel
    • Structures: Pantages Tower, Vancouver Central Library, National Gallery of Canada, Habitat 67, The Class of 1959 Chapel, + more
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    Michael Graves was an American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, as well as Memphis Group, Graves was known first for his contemporary building designs and some prominent public commissions that became iconic examples of Postmodern architecture, such as the Portland Building and the ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Place of Birth: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
    • Style: Postmodern architecture
    • Structures: Disney's Hotel New York, Snyderman House, Newark Museum, Portland Building, Walt Disney World Dolphin, + more
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    Dominikus Böhm

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    Dominikus Böhm
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    Dominikus Böhm was a German architect specializing in churches. He built churches in Cologne, the Ruhr area, Swabia, and Hesse. Many of his buildings are examples of Brick Expressionism.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1880-1955)
    • Place of Birth: Jettingen-Scheppach, Germany
    • Structures: St Maria Königin
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    Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM, HonFREng is an English architect whose company, Foster + Partners, maintains an international design practice famous for high-tech architecture. He is one of Britain's most prolific architects of his generation. In 1999 he was awarded the Pritzker ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Place of Birth: Reddish, United Kingdom
    • Style: Sustainable architecture, High-tech architecture
    • Structures: National Portrait Gallery, Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, 30 St Mary Axe, Metro Bilbao, + more
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    Renzo Piano, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI is an Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect. Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff said of Piano's works that the "...serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world." In 2006, Piano was selected by TIME as one of ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Place of Birth: Genoa, Italy
    • Style: Sustainable architecture, High-tech architecture
    • Structures: California Academy of Sciences, The New York Times Building, Art Institute of Chicago Building, Morgan Library, Vulcano Buono, + more
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    Philip Cortelyou Johnson was an influential American architect. He is especially known for his postmodern work since the 1980s. In 1930, he founded the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In 1978 he was awarded an American Institute of Architects Gold ...more

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    • Age: Died at 99 (1906-2005)
    • Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Style: Postmodern architecture, Modern architecture
    • Structures: 190 South LaSalle Street, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Two International Place, One International Place, Glass House, + more
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    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German-American architect. He is commonly referred to and was addressed as Mies, his surname. Along with Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. Mies, like many of his post-World ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1886-1969)
    • Place of Birth: Aachen, Germany
    • Style: Modern architecture, International Style, Bauhaus style
    • Structures: Lafayette Pavilion Apartments, 1300 Lafayette East Cooperative, S. R. Crown Hall, Barcelona Pavilion, Highfield House Condominium, + more
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