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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
age 71 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, ...more

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Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 78 (1887-1965) 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 ...more

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Rem Koolhaas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 73 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 ...more

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Edward W. Soja is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Edward W. Soja age 78 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 ...more

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Jane Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 90 (1916-2006) 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 ...more

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Nanasaheb Peshwa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 40 (1721-1761) 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 ...more

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Paul Lester Wiener is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Paul Lester Wiener Died at 72 (1895-1967) 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
Died at 93 (1888-1981) 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 ...more

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Kevin A. Lynch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 66 (1918-1984) Kevin Andrew Lynch was an American urban planner and author. His most influential books include The Image of the City and What Time is This Place?.

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Cornelis van Eesteren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 91 (1897-1988) Cornelis van Eesteren was a prominent Dutch architect and urban planner. He worked for the Town Planning department of Amsterdam and was the chairman of the CIAM.

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Edmund Bacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 95 (1910-2005) Edmund Norwood Bacon was a noted American urban planner, architect, educator and author. During his tenure as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 1949 to ...more

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Daniel Burnham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 66 (1846-1912) Daniel Hudson Burnham, FAIA was an American architect and urban designer. He was the Director of Works for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Burnham took a leading role in the ...more

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George Kessler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 61 (1862-1923) George Edward Kessler was a German American pioneer city planner and landscape architect. Over the course of his forty-one year career, George E. Kessler completed over 200 projects and prepared ...more

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Peter Hoyt Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 81 Peter Hoyt Brown is a politician who held office as an at-large Council Member in the city of Houston, Texas. Known locally as "Peter Brown," he was a candidate for the 2009 Houston ...more

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John Nash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 83 (1752-1835) John Nash was a British architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency London under the patronage of the Prince Regent, and during his reign as George IV. Nash was also a pioneer in the ...more

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Dow Constantine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 56 James Dow Constantine, better known as Dow Constantine, is an American politician in the state of Washington where he currently serves as King County Executive, an office he has held since ...more

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John Nolen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 68 (1869-1937) John Nolen was an American landscape architect. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nolen was orphaned as a child and placed in Girard College. After he graduated first in his class in 1884, he ...more

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Josep Lluís Sert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 81 (1902-1983) 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
age 87 Charles Correa is a noted Indian architect, urban planner and activist. An influential architect credited for the creation of modern architecture in post-Independence India. He is noted for his ...more

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James Rouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 82 (1914-1996) James Rouse is the founder of Columbia Association.

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Joe Simitian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 65 Saren Joseph Simitian is a California Democratic politician. From 2004 to 2012, he was the State Senator representing California's 11th State Senate district, which encompasses all or part of 13 ...more

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Bruno Taut is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 58 (1880-1938) Bruno Julius Florian Taut was a prolific German architect, urban planner and author active during the Weimar period. He is known for his theoretical works as well as his designs and buildings.

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Margaret Feilman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 97 Margaret Anne Feilman was Perth's first female town planner, having also practised as an architect and landscape designer. A founding member of the Western Australian Town Planning Institute in ...more

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Stanley Hallett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 68 (1930-1998) Stanley James Hallett was an American urban planner and specialist in urban community development who helped seed numerous innovative initiatives and organizations throughout his career. With ...more

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Raymond Unwin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 77 (1863-1940) Sir Raymond Unwin was a prominent and influential English engineer, architect and town planner, with an emphasis on improvements in working class housing.

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Suki Mee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
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Clarence Stein is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 93 (1882-1975) Clarence Samuel Stein was an American urban planner, architect, and writer, a major proponent of the Garden City movement in the United States.

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Agustín de Betancourt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 66 (1758-1824) Agustín de Betancourt y Molina was a prominent Spanish engineer, who worked in Spain, France and Russia. His work ranged from steam engines and balloons to structural engineering and ...more

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John Augustus Sutter, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 71 (1826-1897) John Augustus Sutter, Jr. was the founder and planner of the City of Sacramento, California, a U.S. Consul in Acapulco, Mexico and the son of Swiss-born American pioneer John Augustus Sutter,

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Giovanni Michelucci is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 99 (1891-1990) Giovanni Michelucci, Italian architect, urban planner and designer, was born in Pistoia on the 2nd of January 1891 and died on the night of 31 December 1990, two days before his hundredth ...more

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Kees Christiaanse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 65 Kees Christiaanse is an architect and urban planner from the Netherlands. After working with Rem Koolhaas, he started two firms, Kees Christiaanse Architects & Planners in 1989 and ...more

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Léon Krier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 72 Léon Krier is an architect, architectural theorist and urban planner. He is a representative of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture. Krier was the first laureate of the Driehaus ...more

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Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 67 Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is an American architect and urban planner of Polish-Livonian aristocratic roots based in Miami, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in architecture and urban ...more

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Arthur Korn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 87 (1891-1978) Arthur Korn was a German Jewish architect and urban planner who was a proponent of modernism in Germany and the UK.

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William H. Whyte is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
William H. Whyte Died at 82 (1917-1999) William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte was an American urbanist, organizational analyst, journalist and people-watcher. After his book about corporate culture The Organization Man which ...more

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Lúcio Costa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 96 (1902-1998) Lúcio Marçal Ferreira Ribeiro Lima Costa was a Brazilian architect and urban planner, best known for his plan for Brasília.

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Patrick Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 78 (1879-1957) Sir Leslie Patrick Abercrombie was an English town planner. Educated at Uppingham School, Rutland; brother of Lascelles Abercrombie, poet and literary critic.

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Ralph Becker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 65 Ralph Elihu Becker Jr. is an American politician and attorney who is the former Minority Leader of the Utah State House of Representatives and the 34th and current mayor of Salt Lake City,

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Alexander Garvin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Alexander Garvin is a noted American urban planner, educator, and author. He is in private practice at Alexander Garvin & Associates in New York City and is also an adjunct professor at the ...more

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Andrés Duany is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 68 Andrés Duany is an American architect, an urban planner, and a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Duany was born in New York City but grew up in Cuba until 1960. He attended ...more

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Henry Vincent Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 72 (1875-1947) Henry Vincent Hubbard was an American landscape architect and planner, famous for his unique teaching styles at Harvard University, and his many publications. He was one of the prime supporters ...more

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Doug Bereuter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
age 78 Douglas Kent "Doug" Bereuter is a retired Republican politician from Nebraska. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 until 2004. He also served as the ...more

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Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadi... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis Died at 61 (1914-1975) Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis, was a Greek architect and town planner. He became known as the lead architect of Islamabad, the new capital of Pakistan, and later as the father of Ekistics.

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Ernest Hébrard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 58 (1875-1933) Ernest Hébrard was a French architect, archaeologist and urban planner who completed major projects in Greece, Morocco, and French Indochina. He is mostly renowned for his urban plan for ...more

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Ebenezer Howard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 78 (1850-1928) Sir Ebenezer Howard OBE the English founder of the garden city movement is known for his publication To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, the description of a utopian city in which people ...more

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Peter Hall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Peter Hall Died at 82 (1932-2014) Sir Peter Geoffrey Hall, FBA was an English town planner, urbanist and geographer. He was the Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration at The Bartlett, University College London and ...more

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Giuseppe Samonà is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 85 (1898-1983) Giuseppe Samonà was an Italian architect and urban planner, whose notable works include the post office in the Appio quarter of Rome, the Banca d'Italia in Padua and a theatre in Sciacca, ...more

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William Graham Holford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Died at 68 (1907-1975) William Graham Holford, Baron Holford was a British architect and town planner.

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Ann Lubin Buttenwieser is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners

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Oriol Bohigas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Urban Planners
Oriol Bohigas age 92 Oriol Bohigas i Guardiola is a Spanish architect and urban planner. He is a partner at the architectural firm MBM. From 1980 until 1984 he was the Director of Planning of the City of Barcelona. ...more