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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 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. 
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    Marcy Kaptur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    BirthplaceArea codes 419 and 567, Ohio, Area code 419, United States of America, United States

    Marcia Carolyn Kaptur (; born June 17, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th... more on Wikipedia
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    Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Le Corbusier

    Dec. at 78 (1887-1965)

    BirthplaceLa Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

    Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French... more on Wikipedia
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    Rem Koolhaas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    BirthplaceRijnmond, Netherlands, Rijnmond, South Holland, European Netherlands

    Remment Lucas "Rem" Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Edward W. Soja is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Edward W. Soja

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Edward William Soja is a postmodern political geographer and urban planner on the faculty at... more on Wikipedia
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    Jane Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Jane Jacobs

    Dec. at 90 (1916-2006)

    BirthplaceScranton, Pennsylvania

    Jane Jacobs (née Butzner; May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was an American-Canadian journalist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Nanasaheb Peshwa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Nanasaheb Peshwa

    Dec. at 40 (1721-1761)
    Balaji Baji Rao (December 8, 1720 – June 23, 1761), also known as Nana Saheb, was a Peshwa... more on Wikipedia
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    Paul Lester Wiener is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Paul Lester Wiener

    Dec. at 72 (1895-1967)

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Paul Lester Wiener was an American architect and urban planner.
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    Robert Moses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Robert Moses

    Dec. at 93 (1888-1981)

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    Robert Moses was the "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City, Long Island, Rockland... more on Wikipedia
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    Kevin A. Lynch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Kevin A. Lynch

    Dec. at 66 (1918-1984)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Kevin Andrew Lynch (January 7, 1918 – April 25, 1984) was an American urban planner and... more on Wikipedia
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    Cornelis van Eesteren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Cornelis van Eesteren

    Dec. at 91 (1897-1988)

    BirthplaceKinderdijk, Netherlands

    Cornelis van Eesteren was a prominent Dutch architect and urban planner. He worked for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Edmund Bacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Edmund Bacon

    Dec. at 95 (1910-2005)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Edmund Norwood Bacon was a noted American urban planner, architect, educator and author.... more on Wikipedia
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    Daniel Burnham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Daniel Burnham

    Dec. at 66 (1846-1912)

    BirthplaceHenderson, New York

    Daniel Hudson Burnham, FAIA was an American architect and urban designer. He was the Director... more on Wikipedia
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    George Kessler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    George Kessler

    Dec. at 61 (1862-1923)

    BirthplaceBad Frankenhausen, Germany

    George Edward Kessler was a German American pioneer city planner and landscape architect. Over... more on Wikipedia
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    Peter Hoyt Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Peter Hoyt Brown (October 16, 1936 - December 12, 2017) is a politician who held office as an... more on Wikipedia
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    John Nash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    John Nash

    Dec. at 83 (1752-1835)

    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Lambeth, United Kingdom

    John Nash was a British architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency London under... more on Wikipedia
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    Dow Constantine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    BirthplaceWashington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, West Seattle

    James Dow Constantine (born November 15, 1961), better known as Dow Constantine, is an... more on Wikipedia
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    John Nolen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    John Nolen

    Dec. at 68 (1869-1937)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    John Nolen (June 14, 1869 – February 18, 1937) was an American landscape architect. Born in... more on Wikipedia
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    Josep Lluís Sert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Josep Lluís Sert

    Dec. at 81 (1902-1983)

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Josep Lluís Sert i López was a Catalan architect and city planner.
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    Charles Correa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    BirthplaceHyderabad district, India, South India, Hyderabad, Eurasia

    Charles Correa is a noted Indian architect, urban planner and activist. An influential... more on Wikipedia
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    James Rouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    James Rouse

    Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)

    BirthplaceEaston, Maryland

    James Wilson Rouse (April 26, 1914 – April 9, 1996), founder of The Rouse Company, was a... more on Wikipedia
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    Joe Simitian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

    Saren Joseph Simitian (born February 1, 1953) is a California Democratic politician. From 2004... more on Wikipedia
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    Bruno Taut is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Bruno Taut

    Dec. at 58 (1880-1938)

    BirthplaceKönigsberg, Germany

    Bruno Julius Florian Taut was a prolific German architect, urban planner and author active... more on Wikipedia
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    Margaret Feilman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    Margaret Anne Feilman OBE (21 June 1921 – 24 September 2013) was Perth's first female town... more on Wikipedia
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    Stanley Hallett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Stanley Hallett

    Dec. at 68 (1930-1998)

    BirthplaceNew Hampton, Iowa

    Stanley James Hallett (October 6, 1930 – November 24, 1998) was an American urban planner and... more on Wikipedia
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    Raymond Unwin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

    Raymond Unwin

    Dec. at 77 (1863-1940)

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    Sir Raymond Unwin was a prominent and influential English engineer, architect and town... more on Wikipedia
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