Meet the world’s most inspiring architects
Each architectural structure has its own aesthetic appeal. Each architect is a unique and talented person, full of creativity. This article is dedicated to the top 10 architects in the world that most people have admired over the years.
- Moshe Safdie: He was born in Haifa in 1938. He is considered one of the most important architects of the second half of the 20th and the beginning of the 21stst century. His name is associated with international architectural projects in North and South America, the Middle East and throughout Asia which have been an inspiration to many other young architects. The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, the Jewel Changi Airport and the Habitat 67 residential complex in Montreal bear his signature. He has been honored several times for his architectural achievements. He runs “Safdie Architects” headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts.
- Jean Nouvel : He is a 75-year-old French architect. He is best known for the design project of the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, the Musée du quai Branly, the Copenhagen Concert Hall, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Tower 25 in Nicosia, from the Doha Tower skyscraper. in Doha, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and more. He is known around the world for his innovative architectural concepts. He directs the “Ateliers Jean Nouvel” which are located in Paris.
- Renzo Piano: He comes from Italy. He was born in 1937. Some of the iconic buildings he designed are the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris (with Richard Rogers, 1977), The Shard in London (2012), the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2015) and the Cultural Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens (2016). He recently completed a children’s surgical hospital in Uganda. A model architecture in a region which has known many difficulties and whose inhabitants lack basic assets. Of course, he has many other projects in the works. It has an office in Genoa, Italy and another in Paris, France.
- Tom wright: He is a British architect, born in 1957. He is best known as the designer of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The construction of the project lasted almost 6 years, from October 1993 to 1999. One of its most recent projects is the co-design of Celebrity Cruises’ new ship, the Celebrity Edge, a task which brings many innovations. to the cruise ship industry. He runs an office with two other architectural directors Hakim Khennouchi and Geku Kuruvilla in Horsham, UK.
- Zaha Hadid: She was an Iraqi British architect. She passed away in 2016. She is one of the most recognizable figures of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Some of his major projects are the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion (2005-2008), Sheikh Zayed Bridge (1997-2010), the National Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXXI), Rome, Italy (1998-2010), the Guangzhou Opera House (2003-2010), Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA (2007-2012), Wangjing SOHO Tower, Beijing (2009-2014) and more. The “Zaha Hadid Architects” office in London has 400 people and is present in 44 countries with 950 projects.
- Ieoh Ming Pei: He was a Chinese-American architect. He passed away in 2019. Although he grew up in Shanghai, he studied architecture in the United States. Its first major recognition came from the Mesa laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. He designed the project in 1961 and completed it in 1967. He was chosen as the chief architect of the John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts. He then designed the Dallas City Hall and the East Building for the National Gallery of Art. He then returned to China for the first time in 1975 to design a hotel in Fragrant Hills. He also designed a skyscraper in Hong Kong for the Bank of China. In the early 1980s, Pei received controversial criticism when he designed a glass and steel pyramid for the Louvre in Paris. His architectural office in New York now operates under the name Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
- Frank Gehry: He is an American architect and designer of Canadian origin, born in 1929. Some of his best-known works include the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles , the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, France, the MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the New World Center in Miami Beach, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Cinémathèque française in Paris and 8 Spruce Street in New York. He heads Gehry Partners, LLP and employs a large number of senior architects.
- Frank Lloyd Wright: In 70 years, he has designed more than 1,000 structures. He died in 1959, at the age of 91. During his career he has designed innovative offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums, etc. He was the first to implement the architectural style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries called Prairie School. He also developed the concept of the Usonian house in Broadacre City, his vision for town planning in the United States.
- Philippe johnson: He died in 2005 at the age of 98. He was an American architect best known for his works of modern and postmodern architecture. He became famous for his modernist Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, postmodern 550 Madison Avenue in New York, designed for AT&T and 190 South La Salle Street in Chicago. He has been honored three times in his life. That of 1978 when he received the gold medal from the American Institute of Architects.
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: He lived between 1886 and 1969. He was born in Germany but immigrated to the United States. Most people knew him as Mies. He is considered one of the pioneers of modernist architecture. The phrases that mainly characterized his architectural style were “less is more” and “God is in the details”. Some of his major projects include the residential towers at 860-880 Lake Shore Dr, the Chicago Federal Center complex, the Farnsworth House, the Crown Hall and other IIT structures, and the Seagram Building in New York City.
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