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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 popular urban planners and designers, 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. 
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 seventeenth term in the House of Representatives, Kaptur is the dean of Ohio's congressional delegation, the longest serving woman in the House and the second longest-serving ever after Edith Rogers; in the Congress, she is tied for the second longest-serving woman with Senator Barbara Boxer, behind Senator Barbara Mikulski. She ranks 15th out of 435 members in seniority and serves on the ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: Area codes 419 and 567, Ohio, Area code 419, United States of America, United States, + more

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Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
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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 decades, with his buildings constructed throughout Europe, India, and America. Dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities, Le Corbusier was influential in urban planning, and was a founding member of the Congrès international d'architecture moderne. Corbusier prepared the master plan for the planned city of Chandigarh in India, and contributed specific designs ...more

Age: Died at 78 (1887-1965)

Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

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Rem Koolhaas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
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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 University in Ithaca, New York. Koolhaas is the founding partner of OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2005, he co-founded Volume Magazine together with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman In 2000, Rem Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize. In 2008, Time put him in their top 100 of The World's Most Influential People. ...more

Age: 73

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

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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 readings of American feminist cultural theorist bell hooks, and French intellectual Michel Foucault, Soja's greatest contribution to spatial theory and the field of cultural geography is his use of the work of French Marxist urban sociologist Henri Lefebvre, author of The Production of Space. Soja has updated Lefebvre's concept of the spatial triad with his own concept of spatial trialectics which ...more

Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America