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World Famous Architects Throughout History

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The most famous architects in history come from all over the world and include some of the best known historical architects as well as the most talented architects of the modern age from around the world.

Who are the best architects of all time? Choosing the best architect in the world from all these great architects can seem like a daunting task - especially when considering all architects from all time - but these are the architects with the most significant achievements in the medium. Architectural artists and influential architects from around the world can be found on this list, and the famous architects can be sorted by any column.

This architects list can be used to start your own list own list of famous architects and their work, world renowned architects and other drafters and designers in the field of architecture who you feel merit distinction and praise for their achievements.
  • Antoni Gaudí
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    Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was a Spanish Catalan architect from Reus and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's works reflect an individualized and distinctive style. Most are located in Barcelona, including his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família. Gaudí's work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion. Gaudí considered every detail of his creations and integrated into his architecture such crafts as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He also introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís which used waste ceramic pieces. Under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1852-1926)
    • Place of Birth: Tarragona, Reus, Spain
    • Style: Art Nouveau, Modernisme, Gothic Revival architecture, Organic architecture
    • Structures: Sagrada Família, Church of Colònia Güell, Episcopal Palace, Astorga, Palau Güell
  • Frank Owen Gehry, CC is a Canadian architect born in Canada, currently a United States resident based in Los Angeles. A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become world-renowned tourist attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led Vanity Fair to label him as "the most important architect of our age". Gehry's best-known works include the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, France; MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Vontz Center for...  more
    • Age: 90
    • Place of Birth: Toronto, Canada
    • Style: Postmodern architecture, Reconstructivist, Modern architecture, Deconstructivism, Postmodernism
    • Structures: Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, Frank Gehry Residence, Peter B. Lewis Building, Santa Monica Place, BP Pedestrian Bridge
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
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    Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater, which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture". Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States. ...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 92 (1867-1959)
    • Place of Birth: Richland Center, Wisconsin
    • Style: Textile Block, Modern architecture, Prairie School, Organic architecture
    • Structures: Beth Sholom Congregation, Coonley House, The Last Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Park Inn Hotel, John D. Haynes House, D. D. Martin House Complex

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  • Richard Joseph Neutra was an American architect. Living and building for the majority of his career in Southern California, he came to be considered among the most important modernist architects....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1892-1970)
    • Place of Birth: Vienna, Austria
    • Style: Mid-Century modern, Desert Modernism, Modern architecture, International Style
    • Structures: Congregational Church in Hacienda Heights, Rajagopal Addition, Kronish House, Baldwin House by Neutra, Nuffer Cabin