“As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.” – Norman Foster
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Today we'll explore the best architects in the world.
Hope our previous blog on the top architects in India has tweaked your interest. Architects and Architecture have always been seen as the greatest blending of art and technology in every era.
Architecture is also the measure of humanity's creativity, from the time of adorning huts with twigs and branches to creating colors and designs using natural and wild objects, now architecture has unbelievable spectacles that have gone beyond the limits of metal and concrete.
*the numbers below are only for reference and in no way related to the ranking of the architects.
Frank Lloyd Wright
B V Doshi
Frank Gehry is seen as one of the most important architects of our time and a master of contemporary architecture. His numerous buildings across the world are considered works of art and are testament to his brilliance as creator par excellence. His works embrace modernism, deconstructivism and also incorporated the "funk" cultural movement as well.
The Museum of Pop Art
Antoni Gaudi was synonymous with the great Catalan Modernism. He was deeply motivated by nature and religion, the tenets of which can be found in almost all of his works. Seven of his works are declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Le Corbusier was a highly influential and at the same time controversial figure. He was one of the major names in urban planning and a founder of CIAM( Congrès Internationaux architecture moderne). He had worked across Europe and also has designed buildings in India.
Known for his Monumental and Monolithic works, Louis Kahn is considered one of the best architects of all time. He was a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has won an AIA Gold Medal as well.
Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps one of the greatest architects in the world. His architectural philosophy was dubbed by him as organic architecture. His work " Falling Water" is called the best all-time work of American Architecture. He had been an apprentice of legendary architects like Louis Sullivan, who is known as the father of skyscrapers and modernism as well as Joseph Lyman Silsbee. A selection of his works is declared as world heritage sites by UNESCO.
Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
Park Inn Hotel
Santiago Calatrava is one of the most famous architects in the world. His works often resemble living organisms and are often identified by bridges supported by single-leaning pylons. He is also counted among one of the best living architects in the world.
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
City of Arts and Sciences
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
Steven Holl is one of the best American born architects in the world. Inspired by the architecture philosopher Juhani Uolevi Pallasmaa and Maurice Jean Jacques Merleau-Ponty, he has created outstanding works all across the world. His designs are structured on the philosophy of phenomenology.
2019 REACH expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Linked Hybrid Beijing
Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, University of Minnesota
Ceasar Pelli has a reputation for crafting some of the tallest towers in the world. A huge name in modern architecture, he has often designed amazing structures that fit the zeitgeist of the modern world. He has also been awarded the AIA Gold Medal.
World Financial Centre
Transbay Transit Centre
Tadao Ando is perhaps the most famous among the self-taught architects of the world. Born in Japan, he is influenced by the sophistication of simplicity of "Haiku" poetry. His approach to architecture was categorized as Critical Regionalism by Francesco Dal Co. He is also the recipient of the famous Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal.
Church of Light
Row House ( Azuma House)
Reputed for his Unconventional and Bold Architectural wonders, Thom Mayne is considered one of the best architects in the world. He is also one of the founders of Morphosis.
University of Toronto
Wayne L Morse Court House, USA
Dame Zaha Hadid was a British Iraqi Architect who was known for her daring experiments in architecture and is seen as a major figure in modern architecture. Heavily influenced by Russian Avante Garde and Suprematism, Zaha Hadid went on to create many modern marvels. She is also the first woman to win Pritzker Architecture Prize and had also won a Stirling Prize.
Heyder Aliavev Centre
Daxing International Airport
One of the major proponents of modern and post-modern architecture, Philip Johnson is known to have crafted some of the finest architectural masterpieces of the modern world. He received the very first Pritzker Prize and has also won AIA Gold Medal.
A key figure in modern British Architecture, Norman Foster is known as one of the best architects in the world. Often synonymous with High Tech architecture, his innovative use of glass and steel has spawned many great modern architectural marvels. The iconic Apple Park is one of his major works
Rafael Moneo is one of the greatest Spanish Architects of all time and has created some of the best architectural wonders of the modern era. He is well known for combining aesthetics with functionality.
Valladolid Science Museum
Cathedral of our Lady of Angels
National Museum of Roman Arts
Jeanne Gang is one of the most famous female architects in the world and her masterpieces St Regis and Aqua is recognized as the tallest woman designed buildings in the world.
St Regis Chicago
40 Tenth Avenue
One Hundred Above the Park
Daniel Burnham was one of the most famous architects in the world. He was one of the key figures in the Beaux Arts Movement and was the Director of Works for the World's Columbian Exposition. He was also a great city planner and had designed downtown of Washington DC and plan of Chicago
BV Doshi is perhaps the most famous Indian born architect in the world. He had worked under Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn. His works are considered greatly influential and have won both Padma Shri and Pritzker Prize.
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