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.
The best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism, Antoni Gaudí (1852 –1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect famous for his individualized and distinctive style. Gaudí’s work was influenced by his biggest 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. Most of his works are located in Barcelona, including his magnum opus, a stunning Roman Catholic church known as Sagrada Família (pictured).
Born in 1929 in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry is a renowned American architect notable for his unique ability to create spaces that manipulate forms and surfaces. A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become world-renowned tourist attractions. Vanity Fair even labeled Gehry as “the most important architect of our age.” Gehry’s best-known works include the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (pictured); Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, France; Experience Music Project in Seattle, etc.
Frank Lloyd Wright
A prominent American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1859) designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called “organic architecture.” This philosophy was best exemplified in his masterpiece known as Falling Water (pictured), which has been called “the best all-time work of American architecture.”
Born in 1937 in Genoa, Italy, Renzo Piano is an Italian architect and engineer who won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1998. Piano was selected by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006. He is known for his museum commissions (such as the Morgan Library in New York City and the NEMO science museum in Amsterdam) as well as a number of other projects including skyscrapers such as The New York Times Building in Manhattan and The Shard in London (pictured), the tallest skyscraper in the European Union.
Ieoh Ming Pei
Born in 1917 in Canton, China, Ieoh Ming Pei is a Chinese-American architect famous for his unique use of geometric forms and incorporating Chinese influences into his work. A winner of numerous prizes and awards including the AIA Gold Medal in 1979, the first Praemium Imperiale for Architecture in 1989, and the Pritzker Prize in 1983, Pei is the author of many popular works such as the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, the John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts, the Dallas City Hall, the glass-and-steel pyramid for the Musée du Louvre in Paris (pictured), and the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.