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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list World Famous Architects Throughout History
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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: Tarragona, Reus, 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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list World Famous Architects Throughout History
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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list World Famous Architects Throughout History
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list World Famous Architects Throughout History
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list World Famous Architects Throughout History
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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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list World Famous Architects Throughout History
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list World Famous Architects Throughout History
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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 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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