17 Best Architects in the World

Date: 19-March,2022Last Updated: 26-September,2022
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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.

The Best Architects in the World are

  1. Frank Gehry

  2. Antoni Gaudi

  3. Le Corbusier

  4. Louis Kahn

  5. Frank Lloyd Wright

  6. Santiago Calatrava

  7. Steven Holl

  8. Ceasar Pelli

  9. Tadao Ando

  10. Thom Mayne

  11. Zaha Hadid

  12. Philip Johnson

  13. Norman Foster

  14. Rafael Moneo

  15. Jeanne Gang

  16. Daniel Burnham

  17. B V Doshi

Frank Gehry

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.

Major Works

  • El Peix

  • Gehry Towers

  • Dancing House

  • The Museum of Pop Art

Antoni Gaudi

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.

Major Works

  • Casa Mila

  • Park Güello

  • Casa Batlló

  • Nativity façade

Le Corbusier

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.

Major Works

  • Maison Blanche
  • Villa La Roche-Jeanneret
  • Villa Savoye
  • UN Headquarters

Louis Kahn

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.

Major Works

  • Salk Institute
  • Arts United Centre
  • Hurva Synagogue
  • IIM Ahmedabad

Frank Lloyd Wright

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.

Major Works

  • Falling Water

  • Unity Temple

  • Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

  • Park Inn Hotel

Santiago Calatrava

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.

Major Works

  • Turning Torso

  • Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

  • City of Arts and Sciences

  • Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Steven Holl

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.

Major Works

  • 2019 REACH expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

  • Linked Hybrid Beijing

  • Turbulence House

  • Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library, University of Minnesota

Ceasar Pelli

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.

Major Works

  • Petronas Towers

  • World Financial Centre

  • Salesforce Tower

  • Transbay Transit Centre

  • Landmark Tower

Tadao Ando

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.

Major Works

  • Church of Light

  • Row House ( Azuma House)

  • Langen Foundation

Thom Mayne

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.

Major Works

  • Caltrans HQ

  • University of Toronto

  • Wayne L Morse Court House, USA

Zaha Hadid

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.

Major Works

  • Bridge Pavillion

  • Heyder Aliavev Centre


  • Daxing International Airport

Philip Johnson

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.

Major Works

  • The Glass House
  • IDS Centre
  • Thanksgiving Square
  • Crystal Cathedral
  • Lipstick Building

Norman Foster

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

Major Works

  1. Crystal Tower
  2. HSBC Building Hong Kong
  3. Apple Park
  4. Heart Tower
  5. Wembley Stadium

Rafael Moneo

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.

Major Works

  • Valladolid Science Museum

  • Cathedral of our Lady of Angels

  • National Museum of Roman Arts

Jeanne Gang

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.

Major Works

  • St Regis Chicago

  • 40 Tenth Avenue

  • MIRA

  • One Hundred Above the Park

  • Aqua Tower

Daniel Burnham

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

Major Works

  • Union Station
  • Flatiron Building
  • Fisher Building

B V Doshi

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.

Major Works

  • Tagore Memorial Hall
  • IIM Bangalore

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