Architects

An architect may refer to a professional who is trained and educated to design plans and supervise the construction of various kinds of buildings. Every architect should exhibit creative abilities along with practicality in order to create both stylish and easy to use buildings. A good knowledge of the various facets of aesthetics, cost efficiency, latest trends in designs, materials and other legal regulation add to the advantage of an architect. An architect may be involved in the building of a home, an office building, a commercial or business establishment, museums and other public buildings. One of the most lucrative professions, the architecture industry is a multibillion dollar industry in the 21st century, with more and more licensed architects graduating every year. The different area that come under architecture involve architectural designing, architectural planning, architectural drawing and architectural technologist among many others. Architects play the role of trusted advisers, while they have the great responsibility of designing safe buildings for human occupation. Many architects are required to work within the budget provided by the clients and also face cost management challenges. Get to know some famous architects and learn more fascinating facts and details about them with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: April 15, 1452
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 2, 1519

Widely regarded as one of the greatest painters ever, Leonardo da Vinci was an extremely talented polymath. While his work The Mona Lisa became the most famous portrait, his drawing The Vitruvian Man became a cultural icon. A man well ahead of his time, Leonardo is also known for his notes on science and invention.

 2 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.

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 3 Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor
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Listed In: Artists, Sculptors
Famous As: Sculptor, Visual artist, Painter, Architect
Birthdate: March 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian, British

 4 Vitruvius

Vitruvius
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Famous As: Roman Architect
Birthdate: 0080 BC
Nationality: Ancient Roman
Died: 0015 BC

 5 Albert Speer

Albert Speer
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Famous As: German Architect
Birthdate: March 19, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: September 1, 1981
Albert Speer was the Minister of Armaments and War Production of the Third Reich during World War II. After his 20-year sentence following his conviction in the Nuremberg Trials, he authored the memoirs Inside the Third Reich and Spandau: The Secret Diaries, claiming to regret his association with the Nazis.

 6 Sebastián Marroquín

Sebastián Marroquín
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Listed In: Family Members
Famous As: Son of Pablo Escobar
Birthdate: February 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Colombian
Sebastián Marroquín is the son of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. He and his family fled to Mozambique after Pablo’s death, and then to Argentina, where he dropped “Escobar” from his name. He owns an organic clothing line and has written a book and contributed to a documentary about Pablo.

 7 Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: March 31, 2016
Baghdad-born British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid is best remembered for her revolutionary and modern architectural designs, that involved abstraction and relied on curves. She won the Stirling Prize and was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize. She designed the Guangzhou Opera House and Rome's MAXXI Museum, among other marvels.
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 8 Riteish Deshmukh

Riteish Deshmukh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 9 Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 25, 1852
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Spanish
Died: June 10, 1926

 10 Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

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

 11 Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swiss, French
Died: August 27, 1965

Le Corbusier was a Swiss-French designer, painter, architect, writer, and urban planner. He was one of the pioneers of modern architecture. During his illustrious career, which spanned 50 years, Le Corbusier designed buildings in India, Japan, Europe, and North and South America. He is also credited with revolutionizing urban planning.  

 12 Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 28, 1635
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: March 3, 1703

 13 Buckminster Fuller

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

 14 Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: February 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, American

 15 Seve Ballesteros

Seve Ballesteros
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Listed In: Golfers
Famous As: Golfer, Architect
Birthdate: April 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish
Died: May 7, 2011

 16 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.

 17 Imhotep

Imhotep
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Egyptian

 18 Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese

 19 El Greco

El Greco
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 1, 1541
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Spanish, Greek
Died: April 7, 1614

 20 Nancy Allen

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

 21 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: March 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: August 17, 1969

 22 Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 7, 1598
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 28, 1680

 23 Gustave Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Famous As: Architect, Civil Engineer
Birthdate: December 15, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: December 27, 1923

 24 Neri Oxman

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

 25 Filippo Brunelleschi

Filippo Brunelleschi
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: 1377 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 15, 1446

 26 Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
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Famous As: Politician, Engineer, Architect
Birthdate: June 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Libyan

 27 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

 28 Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: August 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Finnish, American
Died: September 1, 1961

 29 Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Architect, sculptor, painter
Birthdate: July 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Spanish

 30 Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren
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Listed In: Astronomers
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 20, 1632
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: February 25, 1723

 31 Maya Lin

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

 32 Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: May 18, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, American
Died: July 5, 1969

 33 Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: December 10, 1928

 34 Vitaly Kaloyev

Vitaly Kaloyev
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: January 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian

 35 Jacque Fresco

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

 36 Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi
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Listed In: Sculptors
Famous As: Sculptor, Architect
Birthdate: November 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese, American
Died: December 30, 1988

 37 Norman Foster

Norman Robert Foster
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 38 Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Friedensreich Hundertwasser
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Austrian
Died: February 19, 2000

 39 Edwin Lutyens

Edwin Lutyens
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: March 29, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: January 1, 1944

 40 Louis Kahn

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

 41 Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano
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Famous As: Architect, Politician
Birthdate: September 14, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

 42 Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: September 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese

 43 Gorō Miyazaki

Gorō Miyazaki
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Listed In: Directors
Famous As: Film director, Animator, Screenwriter, Architect
Birthdate: January 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

 44 Stanford White

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

 45 Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Danish

 46 Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: December 5, 2012

 47 Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas
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Famous As: Dutch architect
Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch

 48 Philip Johnson

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

 49 Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto
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Listed In: Sculptors
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: February 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Finnish
Died: May 11, 1976

 50 Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck
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Famous As: Interior architecture, Architect, Designer
Birthdate: January 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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