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Famous Architects 🏛️

Famous Architects and Their Major Works 🏛️

Overview of famous architects in history, their best known works including traditional and modern buildings and their lifetime and country of origin.

  • ADDucation’s list of architects famous works compiled by Joe Connor and last updated 15 Feb 2021.

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Famous Architects Nationality Born Died Selected Buildings, Constructions & Major Works of Famous Architects
Behnisch, Günther 🇩🇪 Germany 1922 2010
  • Olympic Stadium (1967-1972, Munich, Germany)
  • German Bundestag (Parliament) (1992-1993, Bonn, Germany)
  • Academy of Arts (1993-2005, Berlin, Germany)
  • German Postal Museum (1984-1990, Frankfurt/Main, Germany).
Behrens, Peter 🇩🇪 Germany 1868 1940
  • Mannesmann House (1911-1912, Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • Alexander and Berolinahaus (1929-1932, Berlin, Germany)
  • Stations on the Metro Line 8 (1929, Berlin, Germany)
  • Technical Administration Building of Hoechst AG (1920-1924, Frankfurt/Main, Germany).
Böhm, Gottfried 🇩🇪 Germany 1920
  • Hans Otto Theater (1997-2006, Potsdam)
  • Public Library (1998-2004, Ulm)
  • WDR arcades (1991-1998, Cologne, Germany).
Childs, David 🇺🇸 USA 1941
  • Time Warner Center (2000-2004, NYC, USA)
  • Four Seasons Hotel (Washington, USA)
  • 1 World Trade Center (under construction 2006-2014).
Eiffel, Gustave 🇫🇷 France 1832 1923
  • Ponte Maria Pia (1875-1877, Pontoon, Portugal)
  • West Railway Station (1875 Budapest, Hungary)
  • Garbit Viaduct (1881-1884, Loubarresse, France)
  • Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty (1886, USA)
  • Eiffel Tower (1887-1889, Paris, France).
Foster, Norman, Sir 🇬🇧 UK 1935
  • Commerzbank Tower (1994-1997, Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Dome of the Reichstag (1999, Berlin, Germany)
  • Millau Viaduct (Longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, 2001-04)
  • City Hall (2002, London), “Gherkin” (2004, London, England)
  • Beijing airport Terminal 3 (2008). One of Britain’s most famous architects.
Gaudi, Antoni 🇪🇸 Spain 1852 1926
  • La Sagrada Familia (1882 – present)
  • Casa Vicens (1883-1885)
  • Casa Calvet (1898-1904)
  • Bishop’s Palace (1889-1893, Astorga, Spain)
  • Park Güell (1900-1914)
  • Casa Batlló (1904-1906)
  • Casa Milà (1906-1910, Barcelona, Spain).
Gehry, Frank 🇨🇦 Canada 1929
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall (1989-2004, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Guggenheim Museum (1991-1997, Bilbao, Spain)
  • Dancing House (1996, Prague)
  • Der Neue Zollhof (1997-99, Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • DZ Bank (2001, Berlin, Germany)
  • Gehry Tower (2001, Hanover, Germany)
  • 8 Spruce Street (2006-2011, NYC, USA)
  • New World Center (2008-2011, Miami Beach, Florida, USA)
  • Station Sagrera (2008-2012, Barcelona, Spain).
Gropius, Walter 🇩🇪 Germany 1883 1969
  • Jena City Theater (1922)
  • Bauhaus (1926, Dessau, Germany)
  • Siemens City (1930, Berlin, Germany)
  • University of Baghdad (1957)
  • Pan Am Building/MetLife (1957-59, NYC, USA)
  • Gropius City (1962-75, Berlin, Germany)
  • Glass Cathedral (1968, Amberg).
Hadid, Zaha
, Iraq
🇬🇧 UK 1950 2016
  • Bergisel ski jump (2003 Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Hungerburgbahn (funicular railway, 2005-2008, Innsbruck Austria)
  • BMW HQ (2004, Leipzig)
  • Phæno (2005, Wolfsburg, Germany)
  • MAXXI Art Museum (2010, Rome, Italy)
  • Aquatics Center (2012, London, England).
Hundertwasser, Friedensreich 🇦🇹 Austria 1928 2000
  • Hundertwasser House (1983-1985, Vienna, Austria)
  • Children’s day care center (1989-95, Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Uelzen Station (1999-2001).
Ito, Toy 🇰🇷 South Korea, 🇯🇵 Japan 1941
  • Tower of Winds (1986, Yokohama, Japan)
  • Serpentine Pavilion (2002, London)
  • Vivo City (2006, Singapore). One of Japan’s most famous architects.
Jahn, Helmut
🇩🇪 Germany, 🇺🇸 USA 1940
  • City Spire Center (1985-87, NYC, USA)
  • Trade Fair tower (1988-1991, Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Highlight Towers (2002-2004, Munich, Germany)
  • Sony Center with Railway Tower (1995-2000, Berlin, Germany)
  • Munich Airport Center (1999, Munich, Germany)
  • Cologne Triangle (2004).
Johnson, Philip 🇺🇸 USA 1906 2005
  • AT&T Building (1980-1984, NYC, USA)
  • Lipstick Building (1983-1986, NYC, USA)
  • Transco Tower (1984, Houston, Texas, USA).
Koolhaas, Rem 🇳🇱 Netherlands 1944
  • Art Museum (1993, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Zollverein (2002, Essen, Germany)
  • Library (2004, Seattle, USA)
  • Casa da Música (2005, Porto).
Le Corbusier 🇫🇷 France, 🇨🇭 Switzerland 1887 1965
  • Notre-Dame-du-Haut (1951-1955, Ronchamp)
  • Unité d’habitation (1958, Berlin, Germany)
  • Centre Le Corbusier (1963-67, Zurich, Switzerland).
Libeskind, Daniel 🇺🇸 USA 1946
  • Jewish Museum (1999, Berlin, Germany)
  • Felix-Nussbaum-House (1998, Osnabrück, Austria)
  • Imperial War Museum (2001, Manchester, England)
  • Jewish Museum in San Francisco (2008, USA)
  • Kö-Bogen (under construction until 2014, Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • Zlota 44 (2007-2012, Warsaw, Poland)
  • Reflections ” Keppel Bay ” (2008-2011, Singapore).
Meier, Richard 🇺🇸 USA 1934
  • Atheneum (1975-1979, New Harmony, USA)
  • Museum of Applied Arts (1979-1985, Frankfurt/Main, Germany)
  • Paul Getty Center (1984-1997, LA), Townhouse Ulm (1992-1994)
  • Museum Frieder Burda (2002 -2004, Baden-Baden, Germany).
Mendelsohn, Erich 🇩🇪 Germany 1887 1953
  • Einstein Tower (1921, Potsdam)
  • Schocken Department Store (1927-1930, Chemnitz)
  • Theater / WOGA (1927-1931, Berlin, Germany).
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig 🇩🇪 Germany 1886 1969
  • Barcelona Pavilion (1929, Spain)
  • Farnsworth House (1951, Illinois, USA)
  • Crown Hall (1956, Chicago, USA)
  • Seagram Building (1958, NYC, USA)
  • New National Gallery (1967, Berlin, Germany)
  • Toronto Dominion Center (1967-1969, Canada)
  • IBM Office Building (1969, Chicago, USA).
Nervi, Pier Luigi 🇮🇹 Italy 1891 1979
  • UNESCO building (1953-1958, Paris, France)
  • Pirelli Tower (1956-1958, Milan, Italy)
  • Audience Hall (1964-1970, Vatican City).
Niemeyer, Oscar 🇧🇷 Brazil 1907 2012
  • UN HQ (1952, NYC, USA)
  • Public Buildings of Brasilia (1957-1964)
  • Sambódromo (1984, Rio de Janeiro)
  • Concert Hall (2004, Sao Paulo)
  • Ibirapuera Auditorium (2005, Sao Paulo).
Nouvel, Jean 🇫🇷 France 1945
  • Galeries Lafayette (1991-1995, Berlin, Germany)
  • Culture and Convention Centre (1993-95, Lucerne)
  • Lyon Opera (1993)
  • Gasometer A (2001, Vienna, Austria)
  • Torre Agbar (2004, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Musée du Quai Branly (2006, Paris, France)
  • Concert Hall (2009, Copenhagen, Denmark).
Otto, Frei 🇩🇪 Germany 1925 2015
  • Bonhoeffer Church (1971, Bremen, Germany)
  • Olympic roof (1972, Munich, Germany)
  • Multihalle (1975, Mannheim, Germany).
Pei, Ieoh Ming
🇺🇸 USA, 🇨🇳 China 1917
  • Dallas City Hall (1966-1970)
  • National Gallery of Art (1968-78, Washington, USA),
  • Bank of China Tower (1982-90, Hong Kong)
  • Grand Louvre (1985-1989, Paris, France)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987-95, Cleveland, USA)
  • Miho Museum (1991-1997, Kyoto, Japan).
Piano, Renzo 🇮🇹 Italy 1937
  • Paul Klee Centre (1987-95, Bern)
  • Kansai Airport (1988-1994, Japan)
  • NEMO Science Museum (1992-1997, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Weltstadthaus (1999-2005, Cologne, Germany)
  • New York Times Building (2000, New York, USA)
  • London Bridge Tower (2000-2009, England)
  • The Shard Of Glass (2009-2013. London, England) tallest building in the UK but doesn’t make our list of the tallest buildings in the world.
Poelzig, Hans 🇩🇪 Germany 1869 1936
  • Large Playhouse (1919, Berlin, Germany)
  • House of Broadcasting (1929, Berlin, Germany)
  • Goethe-University / IG Farben (1928-31, Frankfurt, Germany).
Rogers, Richard 🇬🇧 UK 1933 Richard Rogers, one of Britains famous architects, is best known for his functionalist and modernist high-tech architecture; e.g. the Lloyd’s building and Millennium Dome, both in London.
  • Centre Pompidou (1971-1977, Paris, France)
  • European Court of Human Rights (1992-1995, Strasbourg)
  • Millennium Dome (1997-1999, London, England)
  • London Heathrow Terminal 5 (2005-2008, England).
Rossi, Aldo 🇮🇹 Italy 1931 1997
  • Teatro del Mondo (1979, Venice, Italy)
  • Il Palazzo (1989, Fukuoka, Japan)
  • Bonnefantenmuseum (1992-95, Maastricht).
Scharoun, Hans 🇩🇪 Germany 1893 1972
  • Philharmonic (1956-63, Berlin, Germany)
  • City Theater (1965-73, Wolfsburg, Germany)
  • German Maritime Museum (1970-1975, Bremerhaven, Germany).
Siza, Álvaro 🇵🇹 Portugal 1933
  • Boa Nova Restaurant (1958-63, Palmeira)
  • Lido da Palmeira (1961-1966)
  • “Bonjour Tristesse” (1983, Berlin, Germany).
Wallot, Paul 🇩🇪 Germany 1841 1912
  • Reichstag building (1884-1918, Berlin, Germany)
  • Reichstag President’s palace (1897-1904, Berlin Tiergarten, Germany).
Wright, Frank Lloyd 🇺🇸 USA 1867 1959
  • Imperial Hotel (1916, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Taliesin West (1937, Arizona, USA)
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1956, NYC, USA). One of America’s most famous architects.

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