The Most Amazing 88 Contemporary Architects And Their Work

by | Jun 12, 2019

The most notable architecture, design, and iconic buildings of today are changing the skyline of today’s cities. Thanks to the visionary architects of the last century have inspired countless modern-day architects with their daring and mystifying projects.

We’ve gathered a list of the most amazing contemporary architects and their work in order to inspire you.

Get inspired by these fascinating large scale projects.

Table of Contents

1. Daniel LibeskindThe Jewish Museum

Daniel Libeskind was born in 1946 in Poland. The Jewish Museum in Berlin was Libeskind’s first major international success.

Some other notable works include the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin and the Imperial War Museum North in England.

Jewish museum in Berlin by  Daniel Libeskind
The Jewish Museum in Berlin. By Turbopass

2. Richard MeierBarcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Richard Meier, born on October 12, 1934, is an American abstract artist and architect, whose geometric designs make prominent use of the color white.

A winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1984, Meier has designed several iconic buildings including the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. Local media referred to the museum as “the pearl” among the old architecture of Barcelona.

Richard Meier - Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary art. By Inexhibit

3. Norman Foster30 St Mary Axe

Norman Foster, born on June 1, 1935, is a British architect whose company, Foster + Partners, maintains an international design practice famous for high-tech architecture.

He is one of Britain’s most prolific architects of his generation. When you are travelling to London, one of the first buildings to strike your eye will be the 30 St Mary Axe. The building is a commercial skyscraper in London’s primary financial district.

30 st. Mary Axe in London.
30 st. Mary Axe in London. Image by: Architectours

4. Renzo PianoThe Shard

Renzo Piano, born on September 14, 1937, is an Italian contemporary, abstract and functional architect.

One of his most notable projects is “The Shard”, which is the tallest building in the United Kingdom (309 meters).

The shard by Renzo Piano in United kingdom.
The Shard in United Kingdom

5. Santiago CalatravaCity of Arts and Sciences

Santiago Calatrava, born on July 28, 1951, is a Spanish architect, structural design and analyst engineer, sculptor, and painter.

His largest project in the City of Arts and Sciences in his birthplace, Valencia. The building is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex. It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.

Santiago Calatrava - City of Arts and Sciences  in Valencia
City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

6. Rem KoolhaasCMG Headquarters

Rem Koolhaas, born on November 17, 1944, is a Dutch architect. architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor at Harvard University.

His largest project to date is the CMG Headquarters in Beijing. The CCTV Headquarters won the 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

CMG Headquarters designed by dutch architect Rem Koolhas. Located in Beijing
CMG Headquarters located in Beijing

7. Ieoh Ming Pei The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ieoh Ming Pei, born on April 26, 1917, is a Chinese American architect and he is often called the master of modern architecture.

One of his most notable projects is” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, that recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. By HBO

8. Jean NouvelDoha Office Tower

Jean Nouvel, born on August 12, 1945, is a French architect. At 25, Novel started a firm with François Seigneur.

In 2008, he received the Pritzker Prize for his work on over 200 projects, including Doha Office Tower in Qatar. Doha Tower is an iconic tower located in Doha, Qatar. The $125-million office building, has a height of 232 meters, with 46 floors.

Jean Nouvel - Doha Office Tower  with height of 232 m.
Doha Office Tower. By My2200

9. Frank Owen GehryThe Louis Vuitton Foundation

Frank Owen Gehry, born on February 28, 1929, is a Canadian-born American architect. A number of his buildings, including his private residence, have become world-renowned attractions.

His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture. The building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation is an art museum and cultural center and is one of Frank Gehry’s best-known works.

The Louis Vuitton Foundation  By Frank Owen Gehry
The Louis Vuitton Foundation. By Fondation Louis Vuitton

10. Tom WrightThe Burj Al Arab

Tom Wright, born on September 18, 1957, is a British architect best known as the designer of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

The Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel that is the fifth tallest hotel in the world, although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. The shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship.

The Burj Al Arab , luxury hotel in Dubai.
The Burj Al Arab

11. Balkrishna DoshThe Aranya Housing Project

Balkrishna Dosh, born on August 26, 1927, is an Indian architect, known as the Eco-friendly Architect of the Millennium.

He is considered to be an important figure of Indian architecture and in 2018 he became the first Indian architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. One of his most notable works is The Aranya Housing Project which is considered a model project for its care for third world urban poor.

The Aranya Housing Project, eco friendly housing solution for poor
The Aranya Housing Project. By Courtesy of Architect

12. Ole ScheerenThe Interlace

Ole Scheeren, born on January 6, 1971, is a German architect and urbanist. You can see his contemporary architectural style in various buildings such as The Interlace which won the World Building of the year award in 2015.

The Interlace is a large residential complex in Singapore consisting of a series of apartment blocks stacked diagonally across one another. The concept behind The Interlace was to find a way of creating high-density housing without adding another tower block to Singapore’s skyline.

The Interlace residential complex building in Singapore
The Interlace

13. Peter EisenmanHolocaust Memorial

Peter Eisenman, born on August 11, 1932, is an American architect who is considered one of the New York Five, a group of world-renowned architects of New York City.

His style of architecture mainly focuses on high modernism or deconstruction. One of his most notable works is the Holocaust Museum in Berlin, a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Holocaust memorial in  Berlin
Holocaust memorial

14. Eduardo Souto de MouraPaula Rego Museum

Eduardo Souto de Moura, born on July 25, 1952, is a Portuguese architect who was the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011.

His major works include a style of conservatism and modernism. One of his marvellous pieces of architecture is the Paula Rego Museum. The design was made in concordance with Paula Rego’s wishes. She stated that the building should be “fun, lively and also a bit mischievous”.

Paula Rego Museum located in Portugal
Paula Rego Museum. Image by

15. Kazuyo SejimaRolex Learning Center

Kazuyo Sejima, born on October 29, 1956, is a Japanese architect known for her clear modernist elements in her designs.

Her buildings are distinguished by the fact that they have large windows which creates a fluid transition between interior and exterior. One of these buildings that describe her style is the Rolex Learning Center.

Rolex Learning centre
Rolex learning center. Image by Cricursa.

16. Moshe SafdieHabitat 67

Moshe Safdie, born on July 14, 1938, is an Israeli-Canadian architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author.

Safdie is famous for architecture which bends lines and curves to create geometry that has never been defined before. He is most identified with Habitat 67, which paved the way for his international career. Habitat is a model community and housing complex in Montreal and is considered one of the most recognizable and spectacular buildings in Canada.

Habitat 67 the low cost home
The habitat. Image by C’est beau

17. Shigeru BanThe Paper Dome

Shigeru Ban, born on August 5, 1957, is a Japanese architect, known for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes.

His designs are minimalist and require only the necessary building material. One of these types of works is the Paper Dome, a temporary church building.

The Paper dome
The Paper Dome. Image by: Sun Moon Lake

18. David Chipperfield The Hepworth Wakefield

David Chipperfield, born on December 18, 1953, is an English Architect who is known for his contemporary architectural style.

One of his buildings that describes the best his style is The Hepworth Wakefield and the art museum that received 100,000 visitors is the first five weeks after opening.

The Hepworth Wakefield
The Hepworth Wakefield. Image by: Hepworth Wakefield

19. Fumihiko MakiThe Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Fumihiko Maki, born on September 6, 1928, is a Japanese architect who received the Pritzker Prize for his work, which often explores pioneering uses of new materials and fuses the cultures of east and west.

The project that brought him the most desired prize in architecture is the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The building is characterized by the contemporary design style that made Fumihiko Maki known worldwide.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
The Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Image by: Where in Tokyo

20. John AndrewsSatellite Campus of the University of Toronto

John Andrews, born on October 29, 1934, is an Australian architect, known for designing a number of acclaimed structures in Australia, Canada, and the United States.

One of his most noteworthy projects is located at The University of Toronto Scarborough, a satellite campus of the University of Toronto.

The first completed building of the campus named after its designer, John Andrews, was built in a “brutalist” architectural style and completed in 1964.

Satellite campus Toronto
Satellite campus

21. Peter ZumthorThe Kunsthaus Bregenz

Peter Zumthor, born on April 26, 1943, is a Swiss architect known for his uncompromising and minimalist work.

His work brought him the 2009 Pritzker Prize and 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. One of his best projects is the Kunsthaus Bregenz, one of Europe’s leading galleries for contemporary art.

Kunsthaus bregenz
Kunsthaus bregenz. Image by: Kunsthaus bregenz

22. Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron Tate Modern

Herzog & de Meuron is a Swiss architecture firm with its head office in Basel, Switzerland.

The founders and senior partners Jacques Herzog, born on April 19, 1950, and Pierre de Meuron, born on May 8, 1950, were awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2001.

They are best known for their conversion of the giant Bankside Power Station in London to the new home of Tate Modern, one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world.

Tate modern
Tate Modern. Image by: Art Rabbit

23. Ryue NishizawaThe Garden and House

Ryue Nishizawa, born in 1966 is a Japanese architect based in Tokyo.

In 1995, he co-founded the firm SANAA with the architect Kazuyo Sejima. In 2010, he became the youngest recipient ever of the Pritzker Prize, together with Sejima.

One of his eye-catching projects is the “garden and house”, a five-story townhouse fronted by a stack of gardens.

Ryue Nishizawa - The Garden and House
Ryue Nishizawa – The Garden and House. Image by: Iwan Baan

24. Alejandro AravenaThe Siamese Towers

Alejandro Aravena, born on June 22, 1967, is a Chilean architect. He won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2016 and he is best known for the work on the Siamese Towers.

The building serves as the Center for Technological Innovation at the Catholic University of Chile.

The Siamese Towers
The Siamese Towers. Image by: Cristobal Palma

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25. Takaharu TezukaThe Roof House

Takaharu Tezuka, born on February 23, 1964, is a Japanese architect. He and his wife founded the Tokyo-based firm Tezuka Architects.

Their work emphasizes human activity and connectivity as it can be seen in the work of the “Roof House”.

The Roof House
The Roof House. Image by: Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA

26. Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta The Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta founded RCR ARQUITECTES in 1988 with the intention of producing quality architecture while focusing on the environment and landscape.

One of their projects that is basically only about the environment is the Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium, where the architects choose not to alter the space by cutting any trees or by leveling the landscape.

The Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium
The Tossols Basil Athletics Stadium. Image by: Dezeen

27. Mauricio Rocha & Gabriela CarrilloThe Criminal Courts for Oral Trials

Taller de Arquitectura established by Mauricio Rocha in 1991. Later on, in 2012, Gabriela Carrillo joined the firm and the name was changed to Taller.

Taller projects try to develop contemporary architecture, focusing on the environment and on the overall efficiency.

One of their known projects is the Criminal Courts for Oral Trials in Mexico. The project matches the Taller ideology of design and functionality.

The Criminal Courts for Oral Trials
The Criminal Courts for Oral Trials. Image by Rafael Game

28. Frida EscobedoThe Serpentine Galleries

Frida Escobedo, born in 1979 is a Mexican architect. Her focus is on the design and restoration of urban spaces like housing, community centers, art venues, and hotels.

The Serpentine Galleries are two contemporary art galleries situated in London.

Every year they appoint world-renowned architects to build a temporary summer pavilion. Frida Escobedo was the youngest architect to ever work on this project.

The Serpentine Galleries 
The Serpentine Galleries

29. Solano BenitezThe Unilever Building

Solano Benitez, born in 1963 is a Paraguayan architect.

In 1987 he founded his own firm that tries to produce sustainable and economic solutions. One of these buildings is the Unilever Building, a large container of offices that permits entry of light and proper ventilation.

The Unilever building by Solano Benitez
The Unilever building. Image by Leonardo Finetti

30. Dominique PerraultThe DC Towers

Dominique Perrault, born on April 9, 1953, is a French architect.

He had and has projects all around the world, some notable ones are the Olympic Velodrome and Olympic swimming pool in Berlin, the Olympic Tennis Stadium in Madrid, the Fukoku Tower in Osaka or the French National Library.

Another project that he is working on is the DC Towers. Only one of the DC Tower is finished and is currently the tallest skyscraper in Austria.

The DC Towers
The DC Towers

31. Álvaro Siza The Imbere Camargo Museum

Álvaro Siza, born on June 25, 1933, is a Portuguese architect known for his simple but breath-taking projects. He stated that “architects don’t invent anything, that they just transform reality”.

One of his awarded projects is the Ibere Camargo Museum, inaugurated in 2007. The design museum follows the European trends of that specific year and perfectly shows Alvaro’s style.

The Imbere Camargo Museum, Alvaro Siza’s awarded work.

32. Antoine PredockThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Antoine Predock, born in 1936 in an American architect based in New Mexico.

His style is aiming to preserve the cultural foundation of a scene and he is designing his creations as being part of the landscape. One of his famous projects that reflects his ideologies is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Image by Nick Blazanovic

33. Ben van BerkelThe Erasmus Bridge

Ben van Berkel, born in 1957 is a Dutch architect; who founded together with his wife, UNStudio. One of his memorable projects is the Erasmus Bridge, which was accomplished before the creation of his new office, UNStudio.

The bridge is compared with a swan by the public and described by the architect as being “a bracket construction in sky-coloured steel [that] can appear thin as a needle, or wide as a harp”.

Erasmus bridge
Erasmus bridge

34. Bernard TschumiThe New Acropolis Museum

Bernard Tschumi, born on January 25, 1944, is a Swiss architect and educator who is known for his deconstruction approach towards his projects.

One of his most well-known works is The New Acropolis Museum, a place that stores the most important works of art and architecture.

The New Acropolis Museum
The New Acropolis Museum. Image by: Christian Richters

35. Bjarke IngelsThe 8 House

Bjarke Ingels, born on October 2, 1974, is a Danish architect known for his innovative and ambitious design approach, many of his buildings defy traditional architectural stereotypes.

One of his most notable projects is the “8 House”. The building is a mixture of three types of residential housing and retail and office spaces.

The 8 house
The 8 house. Image by Jens Lindhe.

36. César Pelli The Petronas Towers

César Pelli, born on October 12, 1926, is an Argentinian architect who designed some of the tallest buildings in the world. One of his projects that enter in this category is the Petronas Towers.

The towers were the tallest building between 1998 and 2004 and they still are the tallest twin towers in the world. Cesar Pelli states that “Humanity has an obsession with building big” and the fact that “Tall has power.”

The Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers

37. Christian de Portzamparc Château Cheval Blanc

Christian de Portzamparc, born on May 5, 1944, is a French architect, urbanist and winner of the world-renowned, Pritzker Prize in 1994.

His work is being described as having a bold design, artistic touch and focusing on the importance of the environment and landscape.

Château Cheval Blanc is a winery designed by our architect where his focus was not put only on the structure but also on the contrast between the landscape and the design of the building.

Château Cheval Blanc
Château Cheval Blanc.Image by Erik Saillet

38. David ChildsOne World Trade Center

David Childs, born on April 1, 1941, is an American architect, known for being the architect behind the tallest building in New York City, One World Trade Center.

The structure holds sentimental value and history for the reason that it is built on the same spot where a tragedy happened to the old World Trade Center.

One World Trade centre
One World Trade centre

39. Jeanne Gang The Aqua Tower

Jeanne Gang, born on March 19, 1964, is an American architect and urban designer. She’s work is characterized by having an innovative use of materials and an environmentally sensitive approach.

Her most famous work is the Aqua Tower, an 82-story residential skyscraper. The building was awarded as being the best skyscraper of the year 2009.

The Aqua Tower
The Aqua Tower. Image by Hedrich Blessing

40. Joshua Prince-RamusThe Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center

Joshua Prince-Ramus, born on August 11, 1969, is an American architect and founder of REX, the international architecture, and design firm. He received many awards for one of the best young architects of our era.

One of his works that brought him these awards is the” Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center”. The construction is two office buildings, built one inside the other.

The Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center
The Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center

41. Ken YeangThe National Library of Singapore

Ken Yeang, born on October 6, 1949, is a Malaysian architect, well known for his Eco-architecture and green design.

One of his key buildings that follows his ideologies is the National Library Singapore, where Ken Yeang found the opportunity to apply his sustainability concepts.

The National Library Singapore
The National Library of Singapore

42. Kengo KumaThe Bamboo Wall House

Kengo Kuma, born in 1954 is a Japanese architect and professor. He is known for his goal to recover the traditions that the Japanese architecture holds and implement them in the architecture from our century. 

One of his key projects is the Bamboo Wall House, which had the purpose to contrast the Great Wall of China in the sense of fragility and transparency.

The Bamboo Wall House
The Bamboo Wall House

43. Ma YansongThe Absolute Towers

Ma Yansong, born in 1975 is a Chinese architect and founder of MAD architects. His ideology comes from the concept that contemporary architecture has no spirit and he wants to make buildings that inspire people and are against this concept of today.

One of his most notable projects is the Absolute Towers, residence with the focus on reducing energy load and giving to its inhabitants as much light as possible.

The Absolute towers
The Absolute towers

44. Massimiliano and Doriana FuksasThe Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3

Massimiliano Fuksas, born on January 9, 1944, is an Italian architect and founder of Studio Fuksas alongside his wife, Doriana Fuksas.

Their architecture is known for its elegance, their focus on the desires and needs of the public and the importance that they give to the environment. One example of their exemplary work is the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3, a project that shows elegance and utility.

The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3
The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3. Image by: Studio Fuksas

45. Rafael MoneoThe National Museum of Roman Art

Rafael Moneo, born on May 9, 1937, is a Spanish architect, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1996. He is known as an architect that combines aesthetics and functionality in his projects.

One of his best buildings is the National Museum of Roman Art, where Rafael Moneo used Roman techniques, materials and proportions in order to give authenticity to the building.

The National Museum of Roman Art
The National Museum of Roman Art. Image by Manuel Sanchez.

46. Rafael Viñoly The 432 Park Avenue

Rafael Viñoly, born in 1944 is an Uruguayan architect, who describes itself as being a practical and intelligent architect who takes into consideration all the factors that go into the architecture of a building.

One of his most famous works is 432 Park Avenue, the third tallest building in North America.

432 Park avenue
432 Park avenue. Image by: 432 Park Avenue

47. Richard RogersThe Pompidou Centre

Richard Rogers, born on July 23, 1933, is a British-Italian architect, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2007 and known for his focus on functionality and modern design.

One of his memorable projects is the Pompidou Centre, designed with the help of Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini.

The project is described as being “not a building but a town where you find everything – lunch, great art, a library, great music”.

The Pompidou Centre
The Pompidou Centre

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48. Robert SternThe 15 Central Park West

Robert Stern, born on May 23, 1939, is an American architect, which often uses “modern traditionalist” to describe his work.

Robert Stern is behind the design of one of the most famous condominium apartment buildings in New York City, the 15 Central Park West.

The 15 Central Park West
The 15 Central Park West

49. Sheila Sri Prakash Mahindra World City

Sheila Sri Prakash, born on July 6, 1955, is an Indian architect known for being the first architect woman to open her own firm in India.

While working on her firm, Shilpa Architects, she became one of the most influential architects in the world. She is being known for focusing on local and cultural arts and by centre her architecture on sustainability.

Sheila designed the first official entrance to Mahindra World City – the first Special Economic Zone in Tamil Nadu. The design is meant to reflect the city being a “new hope”.

Mahindra World City by architect Sheila Si Prakash

Mahindra World City. Image: Shilpa Architects

50. Steven Holl The Kiasma Museum in Helsinki

Steven Holl, born on December 9, 1947, is considered one of the most important American architects for the importance that he gives to natural light.

He has the ability to utilize the light and shadows in his design in order to get the best balance between the two.

One of his most known projects is the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, which is on par with his abilities, being designed in such a way so it can catch the low angle of the Scandinavian sun.

The Kiasma Museum in Helsinki
The Kiasma Museum in Helsinki

51. Tadao AndoThe Row House

Tadao Ando, born on September13, 1941, is one of the most distinguished Japanese architects.

His unique and abstract style brought him many awards including the most desired award, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995.

One of his most famous works that resemble the simplicity in his style is the “Row House”.

Tadao Ando The Row House
Tadao Ando The Row House. Image by Hiromitsu Morimoto

52. Sir Terry FarrellThe MI6 Building

Sir Terry Farrell, born on May 12, 1938, is a British architect and urban designer.

One of his most famous projects is the MI6 Building, headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom.

The construction characterizes the best his contextual urban design and postmodernism style.

The M16 Building
The M16 Building

53. Thom Mayne The 41 Cooper Square

Thom Mayne, born on January 19, 1944, is an American architect and principal founder of Morphosis. The company is focusing on culture and modern design and forms. 

One of their innovative projects is 41 Cooper Square, a project that integrates sustainability into function and architecture.

41 Cooper Square

54. Thomas HeatherwickThe Learning Hub

Thomas Heatherwick, born on February 17, 1970, is an English designer, known as an “ideas engine”. He states that he does not have his own style as many other architects, but he describes himself as being a problem solver.

One of his most notable works is the Learning Hub in Singapore, an academic building with no corridors that creates a dynamic environment and encourage interactions between students.

The Learning Hub
The Learning Hub

55. Toyo ItoThe Tower of Winds

Toyo Ito, born on June 1, 1941, is a Japanese architect, world known for his creative and unique projects and for his innovative designs.

His style brought him the world-renowned, Pritzker Prize in 2013. One of his famous projects that scream his style is the “Tower of Winds”.

Even dough the building is just a storage house it looks like so much more due to the relation between nature and architecture that Toyo Ito manages to implement in its design.

The Tower of Winds
The Tower of Winds

56. A. Eugene Kohn, William Pedersen and Sheldon FoxThe Lotte World Tower

A. Eugene Kohn, William Pedersen, and Sheldon Fox are the founders of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, one of the biggest architecture firms in the world.

Their projects touch a vast area of activity, from cultural spaces, commercial office buildings, transportation facilities to educational facilities, residential and hospitality developments.

One of their most famous works is the Lotte World Tower, the 5th tallest building in the world, that is inspired by traditional Korean art and design.

The Lotte World Tower
The Lotte World Tower

57. Marina TabassumThe Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque

Marina Tabassum, born in 1968, is a Bangladeshi architect and the owner of Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA).

One of her most contemporary and well-known works is the Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque, winning her the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016.

The building is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh and serves as the epitome of “peace and solidarity”.

Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque in Dhaka.  
Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque in Dhaka. Image by Mustafa Razi.

58. Stanley Tigerman The Illinois Holocaust Museum

Stanley Tigerman, born on September 20, 1930, is an American architect, theorist, and designer, characterized by his social and development-mindset.

One of his most known works is the Illinois Holocaust Museum, a building that has the mission to honour those who were lost and teach the mass how to fight against hate and indifference.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum
The Illinois Holocaust Museum. Image by David Seide

59. James PolshekThe Rose Center for Earth and Space

James Polshek, born on February 11, 1930, is an American architect known for his attention that he gives to people and their needs and his ability to add modern architecture components to the traditional ones.

One of his best-known projects is the Rose Center for Earth and Space, one of the biggest attractions of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The Rose Center for Earth and Space
The Rose Center for Earth and Space

60. David AdjayeThe National Museum of African American History and Culture

David Adjaye, born on September 22, 1966, is a British architect known for his diversified design and unique way of using materials and light.

One of his most known projects is the “National Museum of African American History and Culture” in Washington DC. The building and the connection between its design and surrounding landscape represent America’s long African culture.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture

61. Wang ShuThe Ningbo Museum

Wang Shu, born on November 4, 1963, is a Chinese architect known for his modern design accomplished by using classic materials and an older style.

His well-known design approach can be seen in his most famous work, The Ningbo Museum.

The Ningbo Museum
The Ningbo Museum

62. Glenn MurcuttThe Riversdale Boyd Education Centre

Glenn Murcutt, born on July 25, 1936, is an Australian architect and winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2002. He is known for being the most famous Australian architect.

Glenn earns this title not by building tall and imposing buildings but by designing smaller settlements that let him focus on economical design, preserving energy and environment. One of the many examples of buildings that enter this category is the Riversdale Boyd Education Centre.

The Riversdale Boyd Education Centre
The Riversdale Boyd Education Centre

63. Elia ZenghelisThe Ashikita House of Youth

Elia Zenghelis, born in 1937 is a Greek architect characterized by simplifying structures, materials and building taking into account the landscape and environment.

An example of his work is the Ashikita House of Youth, which was built in such a manner so the design will direct people’s eyes towards the water.

The Ashikita House of Youth
The Ashikita House of Youth. Image by Visit Japan Architecture

64. Peter PennoyerThe Metropolitan Opera Club

Peter Pennoyer, born on February 19, 1957, in an American architect known for his traditional and classic design.

Even though he has many outstanding modern works, one of the most famous ones is the Metropolitan Opera Club, which we can say it’s strengthened his classic style.

The Metropolitan Opera Club
The Metropolitan Opera Club

65. Maya Ying LinThe Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Maya Ying Lin, born on October 5, 1959, is an American designer and architect best known for sculptures and historical memories but also for her care for nature and the environment.

Her most famous project is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, build in the honor of the US army that fought in the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

66. Denise Scott BrownThe Postmodernism, the Sainsbury Wing

Denise Scott Brown, born on October 3, 1931, is a South African architect that became one of the most influential architects of the past century by her planning, writing and teaching architecture.

She and her husband manage to build one of the most sophisticated public projects in the Postmodernism, the Sainsbury Wing.

The Postmodernism, the Sainsbury Wing.
Postmodernism, the Sainsbury Wing. Image by Valentino Danilo Matteis

67. Amanda LeveteThe Selfridges Building

Amanda Levete, born on November 17, 1955, is a British architect, considered one of the most innovative architects in the UK.

She obtained this title by designing the Selfridges Building with the Future System team. The building is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre, it cost 60 pounds and it is one of the most futuristic buildings in Birmingham.

The Selfridges Building 
The Selfridges Building

68. Annabelle SelldorfThe David Zwirner Gallery

Annabelle Selldorf is a German architect and founder of Selldorf Architects. This firm creates clear and modern settlements, which are “brought to life by its users”.

Included in this category are museums, libraries, galleries and residential buildings. One of the most notable ones being the David Zwirner Gallery.

The David Zwirner Gallery
The David Zwirner Gallery

69. Odile Decq The Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum

Odile Decq, born in 1955 is an award-winning French architect and founder of Studio Odile Decq.

Her work is characterized by the importance that she gives to the overall space. An example is the Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum, where the interior is spacious and structured.

The Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum
The Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum. Image by Odile Decq

70. Susana TorreFire Station Five

Susana Torre, born in 1944 is an Argentinian architect known for her projects that gather cultural, social and regional topics.

Her style can be recognized is some of her best-known projects like Fire Station Five in Columbus, the Clark and Garvey Houses in The Hamptons and the Consulate of the Ivory Coast in New York City.

Susana Torre
Susana Torre house. Image by Steve Risting

71. Elizabeth Diller and Diller Scofidio + RenfroThe Institute of Contemporary Art

Elizabeth Diller, born in 1954 is an American architect and partner in Diller Scofidio + Renfro alongside Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro, and Benjamin Gilmartin.

She is known as one of the most influential designers of cultural buildings. One of her many known buildings is the Institute of Contemporary Art, the first new art museum to be built in Boston.

The Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art

72. Diébédo Francis KéréPrimary School in Gando

Diébédo Francis Kéré, born on April 10, 1965, in Burkina Faso is the founder of Kéré Architecture.

He finished his studies in Germany and then decided to come back and help his home town. He is known for building the Primary School in Gando alongside many other school-related buildings.

Primary School in Gando.
Primary School in Gando. Image by: Simeon Douchoud

73. Bruce KuwabaraThe Remai Modern

Bruce Kuwabara, born in 1949 is a Canadian architect and founder of KPMB Architects.

He is known for his sustainable architectural design and for being one of the few who was studding this aspect before being a priority in Canada.

One of his well-known projects is the Remai Modern art museum.

The Remai Modern.
The Remai Modern. Image by KPMB Architects

74. Douglas Cardinal The Canadian Museum of History

Douglas Cardinal, born on March 7, 1934, is a Canadian architect known for his curved style.

One example is the Canadian Museum of History, Canada’s most visited museum.

The Canadian Museum of History
The Canadian Museum of History

75. Jack DiamondThe Four Seasons Centre

Jack Diamond is a Canadian architect known for his ability to analyze the construction site.

He won many awards on different types of buildings, from civic and residential to academic and cultural projects.

One of the most famous ones is the Four Seasons Centre, a theater in Toronto with a capacity of 2000.

The Four Seasons Centre
The Four Seasons Centre

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76. Bruno FreschiThe Science World

Bruno Freschi, born on April 18, 1937, is a Canadian architect known for his specific focus on space, form, and urbanism.

One of his projects is the Science World where his style can be clearly seen.

The Science World
The Science World

77. Barton MyersThe New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Barton Myers, born on November 6, 1934, is an American architect and he is known for his focus on urban consolidation, the ability of a building to define the surroundings and the ability to combine the old and new architectural combinations.

His style can be seen in one of his most popular projects, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center

78. Altuğ ÇiniciThe Middle East Technical University

Altuğ Çinici, born in 1935 is a Turkish architect known for her fast adaptability to modernization and her focus on the environment.

She earned a lot of awards over the years and one of the reasons is one of her most notable works, the Middle East Technical University.

The Middle East Technical University
The Middle East Technical University

79. William McDonoughNASA Sustainability Base

William McDonough, born on February 20, 1951, is an American architect known for his focus on “green” architecture and for minimizing the negative environmental impact.

One of his most famous construction is the NASA Sustainability Base, which shows the best of his ecological style.

NASA Sustainability Base
NASA Sustainability Base, Image by: NASA

80. Eric Parry ArchitectsOne Fen Court  

Eric Parry is a British architect who did establish Eric Parry Architects practice in 1983.

Throughout the years, the architectural firm achieved multiple awards, and currently additional to architectural and urban design holds a large portfolio of interior design projects.

One fen court
One Fen Court.

81. Minsuk ChoThe S-Trenue Tower

Minsuk Cho, born in 1966 is a South Korean architect, founder of Mass Studies and known for his urban research and for his buildings.

His work is worldwide recognized for its shape, size, innovation and space efficiency. A clear example of all mentioned in the residential/office tower, the S-Trenue Tower.

The S-Trenue Tower
The S-Trenue Tower

82. MVRDV : Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, and Nathalie de Vries The EXPO 2000 Pavilion

Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries founded MVRDV in 1993.

The company is based in the Netherlands and had implemented contemporary architectural solutions and urban issues all over the world.

One of their most well-known projects is the EXPO 2000 Pavilion, which was made to represent a balance between nature and technology.

 The EXPO 2000 Pavilion
The EXPO 2000 Pavilion. Image by: MVRDV

83. Sergey SkuratovHouse on Mosfilmovskaya

Sergey Skuratov, born in 1955, is an award-winning Russian architect, winning the Architect Of The Year place at Urban Awards in 2012.

Sergey Skuratov states seeing “the buildings as living things.” His most well-known project, for now, is “House on Mosfilmovskaya”, a skyscraper which almost became demolished at the time by former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, because of its height (213 meters).

However, his passion for skyscrapers continues, as Moscow is currently designing its “tallest” skyscraper yet, reaching 404 meters, directed by his company, Sergey Skuratov Architects.

Gennady Grachev – House on Mosfilmovskay Moscow, Russia

84. Hafeez ContractorThe Imperial

Hafeez Contractor, born in 1950 is an Indian architect known for building a large number of skyscrapers in India.

He also stated that he does not have a particular style, he wants to make beautiful and imposing construction. An example is the twin-tower residential skyscraper, The Imperial.

The Imperial 
The Imperial

85. Raj RewalThe Parliament Library

Raj Rewal, born in 1934 is an Indian architect, known for his ability to combine light and dark design and also the ability to connect the interior design with the exterior landscape.

One of his most known projects that reflect his style is the Parliament Library in New Delhi.

Raj Rewal - The Parliament Library
Raj Rewal – The Parliament Library

86. Rahul Mehrotra The KMC Corporate Office

Rahul Mehrotra is an Indian architect and founder of RMA Architects. The firm is known for the equal importance that they give to urban design, architecture, planning, landscape, and historic preservation.

One of their most famous projects is the KMC Corporate Office, which illustrates Rahul Mehrotra’s style; the building is able to control the amount of light and air that circulates inside the construction.

The KMC Corporate Office
The KMC Corporate Office

87. Sanjeev Panjabi & Sangeeta MerchantThe Exim Tower

Sanjeev Panjabi and Sangeeta Merchant are two Indian architects and founders of SPASM Design Architects, one of the best firms in the country.

Their work includes family houses, luxury villas or commercial towers. One work that is included here is the Exim Tower, which is in concordance with the Indian tradition and the firm style.

The Exim Tower
The Exim Tower

88. Christopher Lee, Serie Architects The Jameel Arts Centre Dubai

Serie Architects are focusing on architecture, urban design and research.

One of their well-known projects is the Jameel Arts Centre Dubai, where their focus on space efficiency and elegance can be seen, as well as the relation between inside and outside, art and nature.

The Jameel Arts Centre Dubai
The Jameel Arts Centre Dubai

Notable mention

Xavier Vilalta, Vilalta StudioLidetaMercato in Ethiopia.

Vilalta Studio operates in the fields of architecture, urbanism and design. Declaring that “we love nature and we care about people”, firms design philosophy is to connect the old and the new.

The Lideta Mercato was intended to be a shopping mall just like many others in the city of Addis Ababa. Common issues of the existing malls in the city were uncomfortable thermal conditions and over-illumination in the interiors.

The observation of the Old Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa, was an inspiration to redefine the program of the building, conceiving a multi-story contemporary market instead of a conventional shopping mall based on large shops.

The skin of the building was designed considering the local climate conditions and traditions. The facade acts as protection from the sun, controlling the natural light and ventilation in the interior spaces.

It was built using a lightweight concrete prefab system, and the shapes come from a traditional Ethiopian fractal pattern commonly found in the local fabrics.

Lideta Mercato
Lideta Mercato

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  1. Tim

    Great post! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our site.
    Keep up the great writing.

  2. Architect

    I would love to see a list by country at some point. These are great but its hard to sort other than using the map

  3. Frans

    This list is on point! Nobody writes out these kind of lists these days. Its hard to find inspiration from the best when you’re struggling to discover new architects. Good stuff!

  4. Vera Pavlovich

    No Zaha Hadid?

    • Dimitris Tsekeris

      Really nice but I don’t get how you missed Zaha Hadid. At least the Heydar Aliyev Center should be in this list.


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