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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 72
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
Dec. 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 74
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 79
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 82
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
Dec. 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 57
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 88
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
Dec. 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 66
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
Dec. 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 98
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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.