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The Most Amazing 88 Contemporary Architects And Their Work

Speaking about the best architecture, design, and buildings, we essentially refer to the minds behind all of this. We’ve gathered a list of the most amazing contemporary architects and their work in order to inspire you and inform you about the most fascinating constructions out there.

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 traveling 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 Koolhaas – CMG Headquarters

Rem Koolhaas, born on November 17, 1944, is a Dutch architect. architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor at Harvard University. His largest work 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 Nouvel – Doha Office Tower

Jean Nouvel, born in 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 Gehry –The Louis Vuitton Foundation

Frank Owen Gehry, born in 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 best-known works.

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

10. Tom Wright – The Burj Al Arab

Tom Wright, born in 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 Dosh – The Aranya Housing Project

Balkrishna Dosh, born in 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 in 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 Eisenman – Holocaust Memorial

Peter Eisenman, born in 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 Moura – Paula Rego Museum

Eduardo Souto de Moura, born in 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 marvelous 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 :Modulo.net

15. Kazuyo SejimaRolex Learning Center

Kazuyo Sejima, born in 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 centre. Image by Cricursa.

16. Moshe SafdieHabitat 67

Moshe Safdie, born in 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 Ban – The Paper Dome

Shigeru Ban, born in 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 in 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 Maki – The Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Fumihiko Maki, born in 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 Andrews – Satellite Campus of the University of Toronto

John Andrews, born in 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 works took part in the premises of 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 Zumthor – The Kunsthaus Bregenz

Peter Zumthor, born in 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 in April 19, 1950 and Pierre de Meuron, born in 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 Nishizawa – The 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 Aravena – The Siamese Towers

Alejandro Aravena, born in 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 Tezuk – The Roof House

Takaharu Tezuka, born in 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 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 Carrillo – The 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 Escobedo – The 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 Benitez – The 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 Perrault – The DC Towers

Dominique Perrault, born in 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 Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion

Álvaro Siza, born in 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 works that express his style and ideologies about architecture is the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion, a project that can be described as being a work of complex simplicity.

The Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion
The Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion

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 Berkel – The 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-colored 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 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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 Childs – One World Trade Center

David Childs, born in 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 a history for the reason that 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 in 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-Ramus – The Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center

Joshua Prince-Ramus, born in 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 Yeang – The 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 Singapore

42. Kengo Kuma – The 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 Yansong – The 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 Fuksas – The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3

Massimiliano Fuksas, born in 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 Moneo – The National Museum of Roman Art

Rafael Moneo, born in 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 in 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 Stern -The 15 Central Park West

Robert Stern, born in 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

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

Sheila Sri Prakash House
Sheila Sri Prakash House

50. Steven Holl The Kiasma Museum in Helsinki

Steven Holl, born in 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 Ando – The Row House

Tadao Ando, born in 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 Farrell – The MI6 Building

Sir Terry Farrell, born in 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 Caltrans District 7 Headquarters

Thom Mayne, born in January 19, 1944 is an American architect described as having a bold, futuristic and environmentally friendly design. One of his most famous constructions that follows his style is the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters. The building, completed in 2004 brought him the distinguished Pritzker Architecture Prize in the following year.

The Caltrans District 7 Headquarters
The Caltrans District 7 Headquarters

54. Thomas Heatherwick – The Learning Hub

Thomas Heatherwick, born in 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 Ito – The Tower of Winds

Toyo Ito, born in 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 Fox –The 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. Alvaro Siza – The Ibere Camargo Museum

Alvaro Siza, born in June 25, 1933 is a Portuguese architect known for his traditional approach for his projects. 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 Ibere Camargo Museum
The Ibere Camargo Museum. Image by: Francisco Nogueira

58. Stanley Tigerman The Illinois Holocaust Museum

Stanley Tigerman, born in 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 honor 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 Polshek – The Rose Center for Earth and Space

James Polshek, born in 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 in 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 Shu – The Ningbo Museum

Wang Shu, born in 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 Murcutt – The Riversdale Boyd Education Centre

Glenn Murcutt, born in 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 Zenghelis – The 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 Pennoyer – The Metropolitan Opera Club

Peter Pennoyer, born in 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 Lin – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Maya Ying Lin, born in October 5, 1959 is an American designer and architect best known for sculptures and historical memories but also for her care for nature and 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 Brown – The Postmodernism, the Sainsbury Wing

Denise Scott Brown, born in 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 Levete – The Selfridges Building

Amanda Levete, born in November 17, 1955 is a British architect, considered one of the most innovative architects in 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 Torre – Fire 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 Kéré – Primary School in Gando

Diébédo Francis Kéré, born in 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 Kuwabara – The 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

Douglas Cardinal, born in 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.

74. Douglas Cardinal The Canadian Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History
The Canadian Museum of History

75. Jack Diamond – The 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 Freschi – The Science World

Bruno Freschi, born in 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 in 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 Çinici – The 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 McDonough – NASA Sustainability Base

William McDonough, born in 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 his ecological style.

NASA Sustainability Base
NASA Sustainability Base, Image by: NASA

80. Eric Parry Architects– One Fen Court  

Eric Parry is a British architect who did establish Eric Parry Architect practice in 1983. Trough the years architectural firm achieved multiple awards, and currently additional to architectural and urban design as holds a large portfolio of interior design projects.

One fen court
One Fen Court.

81. Minsuk Cho – The 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 their 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 balance between nature and technology.

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

83. Thom Mayne – The 41 Cooper Square

Thom Mayne, born in 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.

The 41 Cooper Square 
The 41 Cooper Square 

84. Hafeez Contractor – The 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 Rewal – The 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 Merchant – The 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 ArchitectsThe 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

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