Famous British Architects

Architecture is a visual art that is inspired from creativity and inventiveness. An architect is concerned with building architectural marvels that are designed for the present with an awareness of the past for a future that is unknown. It is a reflection of the traditional culture of the place and the imagery of contemporary future. When you talk about visiting a country, you mostly mean exploring its architectural wonders that lets you peep into the historic past and gives you an essence of the rich heritage and the culture that the country uniquely possesses. United Kingdom has a multitude of architectural wonders that have played an instrumental role in the British past and till date stand tall, reviving the glorious heritage. Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, Palace of Westminster, Tower of London and London Bridge are few of the many architectural wonders that United Kingdom boasts of. But UK is not all about archaeological sites. It has numerous contemporary buildings that have casted a strong impact on the current landscape of the country such as The Shard which is the tallest building in United Kingdom and ranks fourth in Europe. However, none of that would have existed, had it not been for the visionary architects of Britain! It is to these architects that we dedicate this section. Find out more about famous British architects, their life and their creative outbursts.

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 1 Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid.
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baghdad
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.

 2 Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren.
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 20, 1632
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Knoyle
Died: February 25, 1723

Architect Sir Christopher Wren had built over 50 churches in London, the most popular of them being the St. Paul’s Cathedral. He was a major force behind the formation of the Royal Society and was also knighted for his achievements. He was also a member of the English Parliament.

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 3 Norman Foster

Norman Foster.
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockport, Cheshire, England

 4 Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 28, 1635
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Died: March 3, 1703

Scientist Robert Hooke, also called England's Leonardo, initially gained recognition as an architect, conducting surveys following the Great Fire of London. He also taught geometry and was part of the Royal Society. He assisted Robert Boyle and eventually developed his own microscope, thus becoming the first to visualize micro-organisms.

 5 Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Townhead, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Died: December 10, 1928

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, designer, and artist. He was married to fellow artist Margaret Macdonald, and they both were influential on the European design movements Art Nouveau and Secessionism. Mackintosh is considered one of the most important figures of Modern Style (British Art Nouveau style). In his later years, he worked largely as a watercolorist. 

 6 Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor
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Famous As: Sculptor, Visual artist, Painter, Architect
Birthdate: March 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai

 7 Edwin Lutyens

Edwin Lutyens.
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: March 29, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 1, 1944
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 8 Capability Brown

Capability Brown
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Famous As: Horticulturist, Architect, Landscape architect
Birthdate: August 30, 1716
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northumberland
Died: February 6, 1783

 9 Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll
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Famous As: Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect
Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: December 8, 1932

 10 Augustus Pugin

Augustus Pugin
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: March 1, 1812
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bloomsbury, London, England
Died: September 14, 1852

 11 Inigo Jones

Inigo Jones
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: July 15, 1573
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Smithfield, London
Died: June 21, 1652

 12 John Nash (Architect)

John Nash (Architect)
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Birthdate: January 18, 1752
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London Borough of Lambeth
Died: May 13, 1835

 13 Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick
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Famous As: Architect, Sculptor, Designer
Birthdate: February 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

 14 David Adjaye

David Adjaye
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Famous As: architect
Birthdate: September 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dar es Salaam

 15 Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers
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Famous As: Architect, Politician
Birthdate: July 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Florence

 16 Ebenezer Howard

Ebenezer Howard
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Famous As: Urban planner
Birthdate: January 29, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 1, 1928

 17 Tessa Kennedy

Tessa Kennedy
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Birthdate: December 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guildford

 18 Giles Gilbert Scott

Giles Gilbert Scott
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: November 9, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hampstead, Middlesex, England
Died: February 8, 1960

 19 Herbert Baker

Herbert Baker
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Famous As: Architect, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 9, 1862
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owletts
Died: February 4, 1946

 20 Joseph Paxton

Joseph Paxton.
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Famous As: Gardener & Architect
Birthdate: August 3, 1803
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bedfordshire
Died: June 8, 1865

 21 George Gilbert Scott

George Gilbert Scott
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: July 13, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gawcott, England
Died: March 27, 1878

 22 John Soane

John Soane
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Famous As: Architect, Archaeologist
Birthdate: September 10, 1753
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reading
Died: January 20, 1837

 23 Robert Trent Jones

Robert Trent Jones
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Famous As: Golf course Architect
Birthdate: June 20, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ince-in-Makerfield, United Kingdom
Died: June 14, 2000

Robert Trent Jones had designed more than 250 golf courses across 40 countries. Born in England, he moved to the U.S. and later worked as a caddie. He began by designing the golf course at Cornell, his alma, and his name is now a trademark in the golf circuit.

 24 Joseph Bazalgette

Joseph Bazalgette
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Famous As: Civil engineer
Birthdate: March 28, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Enfield, London, England
Died: March 15, 1891

British civil engineer Joseph Bazalgette was the man behind the development of the sewage system of London. He was later knighted for his achievements and had also served as the president of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Another notable work of his was the Hammersmith Bridge.

 25 Charles Barry

Charles Barry
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: May 23, 1795
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 12, 1860

 26 Nicholas Hawksmoor

Nicholas Hawksmoor
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Famous As: architect
Birthdate: 1661 AD
Birthplace: Nottinghamshire
Died: March 25, 1736

 27 John Vanbrugh

John Vanbrugh
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: January 24, 1664
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 26, 1726

 28 David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield
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Famous As: Architect, University teacher
Birthdate: December 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London

 29 William Burges

William Burges
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 2, 1827
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: April 20, 1881

 30 James Stirling

James Stirling
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Famous As: architect
Birthdate: April 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: June 25, 1992

 31 William Kent

William Kent
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Famous As: architect, painter, printmaker
Birthdate: 1685 AD
Birthplace: Bridlington
Died: April 12, 1748

 32 Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Benjamin Henry Latrobe
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: May 1, 1764
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fulneck Moravian Settlement, England
Died: September 3, 1820
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was a British-American neoclassical architect and civil engineer who established architecture as a profession in the United States. He was the most original proponent of the Greek Revival style in American buildings. His most famous works include Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Roman Catholic cathedral of Baltimore, Exchange and others. 

 33 Michael Ventris

Michael Ventris
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Famous As: Linguist, Architect, Historian, Archaeologist
Birthdate: July 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wheathampstead
Died: September 6, 1956

 34 Alison Smithson

Alison Smithson
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Died: August 14, 1993

 35 Peter Cook (Architect)

Peter Cook (Architect)
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Birthdate: October 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Southend-on-Sea

 36 Alfred Waterhouse

Alfred Waterhouse
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: July 19, 1830
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: August 22, 1905

 37 Denys Lasdun

Denys Lasdun
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: September 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 11, 2001

 38 Cedric Price

Cedric Price
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: September 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stone
Died: August 10, 2003

 39 William Thornton

William Thornton
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 20, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Died: March 28, 1828

British-American William Thornton was initially trained in medicine and that is when he began drawing and sketching as part of his medical notes. He later won a contest for the design of the Library Company of Philadelphia's new hall. He also designed the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

 40 Ian McHarg

Ian McHarg
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: November 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clydebank
Died: March 5, 2001

 41 Sir Basil Spence

Sir Basil Spence
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: August 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: November 19, 1976

 42 Nicholas Grimshaw

Nicholas Grimshaw
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hove

 43 James Wyatt

James Wyatt
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: August 3, 1746
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Weeford
Died: September 4, 1813

 44 Laurie Baker

Laurie Baker
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Famous As: Paramedic, Architect
Birthdate: March 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: April 1, 2007

 45 Owen Jones

Owen Jones
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Famous As: architect
Birthdate: February 15, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: April 19, 1874

 46 Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington

Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: April 25, 1694
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Died: December 4, 1753

 47 Peter Smithson

Peter Smithson
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: September 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockton-on-Tees, England
Died: March 3, 2003

 48 James Gibbs

James Gibbs
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: December 23, 1682
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: August 5, 1754

 49 Philip Webb

Philip Webb
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: January 12, 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: April 17, 1915

 50 Richard Norman Shaw

Richard Norman Shaw
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: May 7, 1831
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: November 17, 1912