Famous American Architects

Have you ever passed by a building or a bridge that has a charm of its own? Though it is essentially made of the same brick, stone and cement just as any other building, what makes it different from the rest is its architectural beauty. Architecture in itself today is a multicultural society that has a rich eclectic and innovative tradition to it. What’s more, they are the reflection of the historic past and the contemporary present. The Pyramids of Giza or the Golden Pavilion of Japan or even Taj Mahal of India are few of the most notable early constructions and architectural wonders. What gives them the edge over others is their instant recognition. Architectural marvels are known thus for their ingenious design, cutting-edge innovation and pioneering work of art. America has been home to such innovative and pioneering architects who have added iconic buildings to the world landscape. Be it Frank Llyod Wright and his prairie-styled buildings such as Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater residence, or Philip Johnson and his forward thinking architectural style in the form of Crystal Cathedral and Seagram building, each of them and many more have created some of the most dynamic, recognizable landmarks and distinctive buildings in and out of America. With this write-up, learn about famous American architects and their life and works.

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 1 Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 9, 1959

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect who designed over 1,000 structures in a career spanning 70 years. A pioneer of organic architecture, Wright influenced three generations of architects by playing a critical role in the 20th century's architectural movements. His structure Fallingwater is called America's best architectural work and Wright is considered the greatest architect America has ever produced.

 2 I. M. Pei

I.M. Pei
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Famous As: Master of Modern Architecture
Birthdate: April 26, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 2019

I. M. Pei was a Chinese-American architect who drew inspiration from the garden villas at Suzhou when he was young. He is credited with founding I. M. Pei & Associates, an independent design firm, in 1955. Today, the award-winning firm is known by the name, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Pei is known for designing structures like the Mesa Laboratory.

 3 Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 4 Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: July 12, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: July 1, 1983

Buckminster Fuller was an American systems theorist, architect, designer, inventor, author, and futurist. He is credited with popularizing the geodesic dome, which resembles carbon molecules known as fullerenes. Fullerenes were named after Fuller for their resemblance to geodesic spheres. Fuller's work has influenced several personalities from different walks of life. His work has also inspired a couple of documentary films.

 5 Nancy Allen

Nancy Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 6 Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: February 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 7 Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted
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Famous As: Landscape Architect
Birthdate: April 26, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: August 28, 1903
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 8 Maya Lin

Maya Lin
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: October 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 9 Jacque Fresco

Jacque Fresco
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Famous As: Futurist, Designer, Writer, Architect
Birthdate: March 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 10 Louis Kahn

Louis Kahn
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: February 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 17, 1974

 11 Stanford White

Stanford White
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Famous As: Architect, Painter
Birthdate: November 9, 1853
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: June 25, 1906

 12 Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: July 8, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: January 25, 2005

 13 Louis Sullivan

Louis Sullivan
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Famous As: Pioneering Architect
Birthdate: September 3, 1856
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: April 14, 1924

 14 Minoru Yamasaki

Minoru Yamasaki
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 7, 1986

 15 Daniel Burnham

Daniel Burnham
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Famous As: Architect, Urban Designer
Birthdate: September 4, 1846
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 1, 1912

 16 Mary Richardson Kennedy

Mary Richardson Kennedy
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 2012

 17 Jed Johnson

Jed Johnson
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Famous As: film director, film editor, cinematographer, interior designer
Birthdate: December 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 1996

 18 Barnett Newman

Barnett Newman
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Visual artist, Architect
Birthdate: January 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 4, 1970

 19 Lewis Mumford

Lewis Mumford
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Famous As: Architect, Historian of technology, Historian, Sociologist, Screenwriter, Literary critic, Philosopher, Journalist
Birthdate: October 19, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 26, 1990

 20 Edmund Norwood Bacon

Edmund Norwood Bacon
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Famous As: Urban Planner
Birthdate: May 2, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 14, 2005

 21 Robert Venturi

Robert Venturi
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 2018

 22 Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: January 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: February 2, 1957

 23 Michael Graves

Michael Graves
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: July 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 12, 2015

 24 Rachel Lambert Mellon

Rachel Lambert Mellon
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Famous As: Art collector
Birthdate: August 9, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 17, 2014

 25 Richard Meier

Richard Alan Meier
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Famous As: Architect & Abstract Artist
Birthdate: October 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 26 Christopher Alexander

Christopher Alexander
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 27 Peter Eisenman

Peter Eisenman
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Famous As: Architect, University teacher
Birthdate: August 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 28 Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Architect, Investor, University teacher
Birthdate: December 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 29 David Childs

David Childs
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Famous As: architect
Birthdate: April 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 30 Richard Morris Hunt

Richard Morris Hunt
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 31, 1827
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 31, 1895

 31 John Lautner

John Lautner
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: July 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 1994

 32 Lloyd Wright

Lloyd Wright
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: March 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 31, 1978

 33 Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin
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Famous As: Artist, Sculptor, Architect
Birthdate: April 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 29, 1996

 34 Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: January 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 35 Steven Holl

Steven Holl
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Famous As: Architect, University teacher
Birthdate: December 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 36 William Wesley Peters

William Wesley Peters
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Famous As: Engineer, Architect
Birthdate: June 12, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 1991

 37 Henry Hobson Richardson

Henry Hobson Richardson
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: September 29, 1838
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 27, 1886

 38 Elsie de Wolfe

Elsie de Wolfe
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Famous As: Actor, Architect, Socialite
Birthdate: December 20, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 1950

 39 Walter Burley Griffin

Walter Burley Griffin
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Famous As: Architect, Landscape architect, Urban planner
Birthdate: November 24, 1876
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 11, 1937

 40 Jeanne Gang

Jeanne Gang
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Famous As: architect
Birthdate: March 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 41 Gustav Stickley

Gustav Stickley
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Birthdate: March 9, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 1942

 42 Paul Rudolph

Paul Rudolph
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Famous As: architect, university teacher
Birthdate: October 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: August 8, 1997

 43 John C. Portman Jr.

John C. Portman Jr.
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 29, 2017

 44 Cass Gilbert

Cass Gilbert
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Famous As: architect, painter
Birthdate: November 29, 1859
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 17, 1934

 45 Addison Mizner

Addison Mizner
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 12, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 5, 1933

 46 Robert A.M. Stern

Robert A.M. Stern
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: May 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 47 Norman Bel Geddes

Norman Bel Geddes
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Famous As: Architect, Designer, Scenographer
Birthdate: April 27, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 8, 1958

 48 Robert Robinson Taylor

Robert Robinson Taylor
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 8, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 13, 1942

 49 Thom Mayne

Thom Mayne
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Famous As: Architect, University teacher
Birthdate: January 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 50 George Nelson

George Nelson
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Famous As: designer, architect
Birthdate: May 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: March 5, 1986