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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Marcia Carolyn Kaptur (; born June 17, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district and a Democrat. The district stretches from Kaptur's hometown of Toledo to Cleveland. It  ...more
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    Dec. at 77 (1887-1965)

    BirthplaceLa Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    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  ...more
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    BirthplaceRotterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    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.  ...more
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    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  ...more
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    Dec. at 89 (1916-2006)

    BirthplaceScranton, Pennsylvania

    NationalityCanada, United States of America, Germany

    Jane Jacobs (née Butzner; May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist who influenced urban studies, sociology, and economics. Her book The Death and Life  ...more
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    Dec. at 39 (1721-1761)

    NationalityIndia

    Balaji Baji Rao (December 8, 1720 – June 23, 1761), also known as Nana Saheb, was a Peshwa (prime minister) of the Maratha Empire in India. He was appointed as Peshwa in 1740 upon the death of his  ...more
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    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Paul Lester Wiener was an American architect and urban planner.  ...more
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    Dec. at 92 (1888-1981)

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 compared to  ...more
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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kevin Andrew Lynch (January 7, 1918 – April 25, 1984) was an American urban planner and author. He is known for his work on the perceptual form of urban environments and was an early proponent of  ...more
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    Dec. at 90 (1897-1988)

    BirthplaceKinderdijk, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    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.  ...more
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    Dec. at 95 (1910-2005)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 1970,  ...more
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    Dec. at 65 (1846-1912)

    BirthplaceHenderson, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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 creation of  ...more
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    Dec. at 60 (1862-1923)

    BirthplaceBad Frankenhausen, Germany

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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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    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Peter Hoyt Brown (October 16, 1936 - December 12, 2017) 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  ...more
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    Dec. at 83 (1752-1835)

    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Lambeth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    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 use  ...more
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    BirthplaceWashington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, West Seattle

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James Dow Constantine (born November 15, 1961), better known as Dow Constantine, is an American politician in the state of Washington who is currently serving as King County Executive, an office he  ...more
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    Dec. at 67 (1869-1937)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    John Nolen (June 14, 1869 – February 18, 1937) was an American landscape architect. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nolen was orphaned as a child and placed in Girard College. After he graduated  ...more
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    Dec. at 80 (1902-1983)

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    Josep Lluís Sert i López was a Catalan architect and city planner.  ...more
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    BirthplaceHyderabad district, India, South India, Hyderabad, Eurasia

    NationalityIndia

    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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    Dec. at 81 (1914-1996)

    BirthplaceEaston, Maryland

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James Wilson Rouse (April 26, 1914 – April 9, 1996), founder of The Rouse Company, was a pioneering American real estate developer, urban planner, civic activist, and later, free enterprise-based  ...more
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    BirthplaceSan Francisco Peninsula, Santa Clara County, Northern California, California, Palo Alto

    NationalityUnited States of America, Armenia

    Saren Joseph Simitian (born February 1, 1953) is a California Democratic politician. From 2004 to 2012, he was the State Senator representing California's 11th State Senate district, which  ...more
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    Dec. at 58 (1880-1938)

    BirthplaceKönigsberg, Germany

    NationalityGerman Empire, Germany

    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.  ...more
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    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    NationalityAustralia

    Margaret Anne Feilman OBE (21 June 1921 – 24 September 2013) was Perth's first female town planner, having also practiced as an architect and landscape designer. A founding member of the Western  ...more
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    Dec. at 68 (1930-1998)

    BirthplaceNew Hampton, Iowa

    Stanley James Hallett (October 6, 1930 – November 24, 1998) was an American urban planner and specialist in urban community development who helped seed numerous innovative initiatives and  ...more
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    Dec. at 76 (1863-1940)

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Raymond Unwin was a prominent and influential English engineer, architect and town planner, with an emphasis on improvements in working class housing.  ...more