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50 Famous Architects in the World of all Time

Right from the time of Imhotep to the times of Gehry, the world has seen many famous architects, RTF here has tried to list down some of these icons with no intention to rank their work since each one of them has their own styles and are known for their individuality. We’ve included the Educational Institutes, notable works, and a quote by all of these famous architects.

50. Adolf Loos | Famous Architects in the World

Education: the Dresden University of Technology (Drop out) Notable works: Steiner House, Looshaus, Villa Müller Quote: “Supply and demand regulate architectural form” Adolf First, in the list of famous architects, Loos was an architect who grew up in Germany and was the leading critic of the use of decoration and style in architecture, which he argued needed to be functional which we still have in his writing “Ornamentation and Crime”. Loos viewed the use of design and ornament as childish and backward. He frequently railed against the idea that buildings should be made visually pleasing in anyways, which did not add to the function of the structure.

Adolf Loos – Villa Muller

Adolf Loos – Looshaus, Austria

49. Álvaro Siza | Famous Architects in the World

Education: Fine Arts of the University of Porto Notable works: Iberê Camargo Foundation, the Serralves, New Orleans building. Quote: “Architects don’t invent anything, they just transform reality” Álvaro Siza is a Portuguese architect and architectural educator. In his childhood, he wanted to become a sculptor which is reflected in his architecture practice. His most buildings are a representation of sculptural works that have been described as “poetic modernism.” This sculptural architecture he knits into its context, connecting his buildings with the site and the culture masterfully.

Alvaro Siza – The Serralves, Portugal

Alvaro Siza – Iberê Camargo Foundation, Brazil

48. Alvar Alto

Education: Helsinki University of Technology and University of Jyvaskyla Notable works: Viipuri Library, Villa Mairea, Baker House, Finlandia Hall Quote: Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.” Our next famous architect, Alvar Alto was part of the Modern Movement of Architecture, but he developed his own style, based on modernist architecture combined with the usage of local materials and his own personal expression. He practiced an organic modern style that would equip the functionality of the building during his mature years. Although Aalto was from a younger generation, he is considered one of the master architects of Modern Architecture, along with Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe, and Walter Gropius.

Alvar Alto – Villa Mairea, Finland

Alvar Alto – The Baker House, Massachusetts

47. Antoine Predock | Famous Architects in the World

Education: Columbia University Notable works: Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, Trinity River Audubon Center, Canadian Museum for Human Rights Quote: “Architecture is a ride – a physical ride and an intellectual ride.” Antoine Predock is an American architect based in New Mexico. He is the principal of Antoine Predock Architect PC. His buildings appear to have been organically grown out of the earth. He actually begins his building designs in clay and then bonds his creations with the modern world of computer design. Many of Predock’s designs have clearly been influenced by his time in New Mexico. Experts have said he brings a sense of connection and force to his work, with spiritual interaction, movement, the natural environment, and technology.

Antonie Pedrock – Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Canada

Antonie Pedrock – Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, Colorado

46. Antoni Gaudí | Famous Architects in the World

Education: ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture

Notable works: Sagrada Família, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló Quote: “There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.”

One of the great and most famous architects in the world, Antoni Gaudí’s works reflect an individualized and distinctive style. His work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion. He considered every detail of his creations and integrated into his architecture such crafts as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging, and carpentry. He also introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís(broken tile mosaics) which used waste ceramic pieces.

Antoni Gaudi – Sagrada Família, Spain

Antoni Gaudi – Casa Batlló, Spain

45. Arne Jacobsen

Education: RoyalDanish Academy of Fine Arts Notable works: Bellavista residential complex, Bellevue Teatret, Stelling House, Soholm Row Houses Quote: Clearly, if a building is not functionally and technically in order, then it isn’t architecture either, it’s just a building” Arne Jacobsen is noted for his sense of proportion. He is remembered for his contribution to architectural Functionalism as well as for the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple but effective chair designs.

Arne Jacobsen – Bellavista residential complex, Denmark

Arne Jacobsen – Bellevue Teatret, Denmark