From common residential houses most of us live in to iconic buildings and structures built hundreds or even thousands of years ago, architecture surrounds us every single day. There are many impressive buildings around us but have you ever thought about the people who actually design them? As architects might be somewhat underrated at times, we decided to create a post that will be dedicated to them exclusively. From Antoni Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright to Oscar Niemeyer and Norman Foster, let us introduce you to some of the greatest modern architects via this unranked list of 25 Modern Architects Whose Works Are Truly Inspiring.
Born in 1926 in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina, César Pelli is a renowned Argentine-American architect known for designing some of the world’s tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects listed Pelli among the ten most influential living American architects. A winner of the 1995 AIA Gold Medal, he is the author of the iconic Kuala Lumpur’s landmark the Petronas Twin Towers (pictured), which were for a time the world’s tallest buildings. Pelli also designed the World Financial Center complex in downtown Manhattan.
The first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize (in 2004), Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) was an Iraqi-born British architect. She liberated architectural geometry with the creation of highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry that evoke the chaos and flux of modern life. An icon of neo-futurism, her acclaimed work and ground-breaking forms include the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics, the Broad Art Museum in Michigan, and the Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China (pictured).
Born in 1951 in Valencia, Spain, Santiago Calatrava is a controversial Spanish neo-futuristic architect, structural engineer, sculptor, and painter. Calatrava has been criticized for many of his works being delayed and overpriced but there is no denying this architect ranks among the world’s most talented and influential modern architects. He has built more than 60 buildings and structures in many different countries, including airport terminals, railway stations, hospitals, bridges, and museums, but his most famous work is Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain (pictured).
One of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture, Le Corbusier (1887-1965) was a prominent Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, and urban planner. His career spanned five decades during which he constructed many buildings in Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America. A renowned urban planner, Le Corbusier even prepared the master plan for the city of Chandigarh in India, but he is most famous for his works such as Unité d´Habitation in Marseilles, Villa la Roche in Paris and Villa Savoye in Poissy, France (pictured).
Born in 1937 in Haifa, Israel, Moshe Safdie is an Isreali/Canadian/American architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author. Safdie’s works are known for their dramatic curves, arrays of geometric patterns, use of windows, and key placement of open and green spaces. He is most identified with his iconic masterpiece known as Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada (pictured). Habitat 67 is a model community and housing complex that was originally conceived as his master’s thesis in architecture at McGill University and then built as an actual pavilion for Expo 67, the World’s Fair.