World of

Best Architects

Architecture (Latin architectura, from the Greek ἀρχιτέκτων – arkhitekton, from ἀρχι- "chief" and τέκτων "builder, carpenter, mason") is both the process and product of planning, designing, and construction. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements. In recent years, as the complexity of buildings began to increase in terms of structural systems, services, energy and technologies, the field of architecture became multi-disciplinary with specializations for each project type, technological expertise or project delivery methods. In addition, there has been an increased separation of the 'design' architect from the 'project' architect who ensures that the project meets the required standards and deals with matters of liability. The preparatory processes for the design of any large building have become increasingly complicated and require preliminary studies of such matters as durability, sustainability, quality, money, and compliance with local laws. A large structure is rarely the design of one person but work of many. However those few best are still pulling architectural miracles, and this "people choice" competition is about them... learn about them.
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Santa Monica, California

“One day they’re going to discover I’m a fraud,” Frank jokes by phone from his L.A. office, a nondescript former warehouse near Marina del Rey. “A little insecurity is healthy. As soon as...
This is art.

London, United Kingdom

Since its inception, the practice has received more than 190 awards and citations for excellence and has won over 50 national and international competitions. 1968 - 1983 cooperation with Buckminster Fuller on some projects. Foster was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1983, and in 1990, the RIBA trustees medal was made for the Willis Faber Dumas building. He was knighted in 1990 and received the gold medal of the AIA in 1994. He was appointed an officer of the order of the arts and letter...

Porto, Portugal

“For me, architecture is a global issue. There is no ecological architecture, no intelligent architecture, no sustainable architecture—there is only good architecture. There are always problems we must not neglect; for example, energy, resources, costs, social aspects—one must always pay attention to all these.” ~ Eduardo Souto de Moura

Tokyo, Japan

Japanese architect is known for creating conceptual architecture, in which he seeks to simultaneously express the physical and virtual worlds. He is a leading exponent of architecture that addresses the contemporary notion of a "simulated" city, and has been called "one of the world's most innovative and influential architects." List of works 1976 – The U House (house for his sister) 1984 – Silver Hut (Ito's own house, adjacent to White U) 1986 – Tower of Winds, Yoko...

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Born in Rotterdam, Rem Koolhaas spent four years of his youth in Indonesia, where his father served as a director or a newly formed cultural institute. Following in the footsteps of his literary father, Koolhaas began his career as a writer. He was a journalist for the Haase Post in The Hague and later tried his hand at writing movie scripts. Koolhaas's writings won him fame in the field of architecture before he completed a single building. After graduating from the Architecture Association...

Cleveland, Ohio

Johnson’s early influence as a practicing architect was his use of glass. The Glass House (1949) that he designed as his own residence in New Canaan, Connecticut was a profoundly influential ...
Johnson House, "The Glass House", New Canaan, Connecticut (1949)

Porto, Portugal

Architects don't invent anything; they transform reality. Tradition is important when it contains moments of change, when it is not just outward form and when it also implies an idea of what goes ...

Beijing, China

Beijing-born architect Ma Yansong is recognized as an important voice in the new generation of architects. He is the first Chinese architect to win an overseas landmark-building project. As the founder and principal of MAD Architects, Ma leads design across various scales. In recent years, many of Ma’s designs follow his conception of the “Shanshui City”, which is his vision to create a new balance among society, the city and the environment through new forms of architecture. Since desi...

London, United Kingdom

Awards1982: Gold Medal Architectural Design, British Architecture for 59 Eaton Place, London1994: Erich Schelling Architecture Award2001: Equerre d'argent Prize, special mention2002: Austrian State Prize for Architecture for Bergiselschanze2003: European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture for the Strasbourg tramway terminus and car park at Hoenheim in Strasbourg, France2003: Commander of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) For services to Architecture2004: Pritz...

Vienna, Austria

Painted Desert Visitor Center, 1963, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona United States Embassy, (later US Consulate General until 2011), 1959, Karachi, Pakistan[19] Swirbul Library, 1963, Adelp...
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (also known as Van der Leeuw House or VDL Research House), 1932, Los Angeles, California

Pärnu, Estonia

Louis Kahn's work infused the International style with a fastidious, highly personal taste, a poetry of light. His few projects reflect his deep personal involvement with each. Isamu Noguchi called...
Kimbell Art Museum,Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas

Berlin, Germany

Gropius, German-American Architect is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.After founding a Bauhaus, most famous school of arts, with the help of the English arch...
Bauhaus Archive

Mexico, Mexico

Fernando Romero and FR-EE are involved in a wide range of educational and cultural activities. Regeneration, a project restoring selected pieces of modern Mexican architecture, preserves culture an...
Museo Soumaya, Mexico City

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Current projects in progress or on site include various housing projects in the Netherlands, China, France, India, the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries, a central market hall a...
Comic Museum, Hangzou, China

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Awards Charles Jencks Award 2007 1822-Kunstpreis 2003 Charlotte Köhler Award 1991 Eileen Gray Award 1983
Museum of Mercedes-Benz, Sttutgart Germany

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my cou...
United Nations Headquarters in New York City

London, United Kingdom

In 1999, David Chipperfield was awarded the Tessenow Gold Medal, what was followed by a comprehensive exhibition of his work together with the work of the Tessenow Stipendiat and Spanish architect ...
River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK (19891997)

New York, New York

"Cities are the greatest creations of humanity."~ Daniel Libeskind Completed ProjectsRun Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 20111989–1999 Jewish Museum Berlin – Berlin, Germany1995–1998 Felix Nussbaum Haus – Osnabrück, Germany1997–2001 Imperial War Museum North – Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom1998–2008 Contemporary Jewish Museum – San Francisco, California, United States2000–2003 Studio Weil – Majorca, Spain2000–2006 Extension to the Denver Art Museu...

Paris, France

Recognition of his achievements has included awards such as the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1989, the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo in 1995, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in1998, and the AIA Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2008. Some of his most important current projects include the redevelopment and enlargement of the Fogg Museum in Cambridge (Massachusetts), the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Campus of Columbia University in New York, an expansio...

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

The only realized skyscraper designed by Wright is the Price Tower, a 19-story tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It is also one of the two existing vertically oriented Wright structures (the other is the S.C. Johnson Wax Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin). Wright designed over 400 built structures of which about 300 survive as of 2005. Four have been lost to forces of nature: the waterfront house for W. L. Fuller in Pass Christian, Mississippi, destroyed by Hurricane Camille in August 1969; ...
Mies's last work was the Neue Nationalgalerie art museum, the New National Gallery of the Berlin National Gallery. Considered one of a perfect statements of his architectural approach, the upper pa...
Barcelona Chair
It was Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye (1929–31) that most succinctly summed up the five points of architecture that he had elucidated in L'Esprit Nouveau and the book Vers une Architecture, which he...
Modulor System

New York, New York

Calatrava represents a school of classical architecture strain that is responsible for both artistic and technical design of their buildings. He is the only architect to hold a retrospective exhib...
Telecommunication tower, Anillo Olmpico, Montjuic , Barcelona , Spain , 1992.

Paris, France

Nouvel has designed a number of notable buildings across the world, the most significant of which are listed below. As part of the announcement of Nouvel's Pritzker Prize, the Hyatt Foundation, which awards the prize, published a full illustrated list of Nouvel's architectural work, including projects which were never built, projects in construction and designs for which construction has yet to start. In 2001 director Beat Kuert filmed a documentary about five of Nouvel's projects titled Jean...

Hangzhou, China

"I design a house instead of a building. The house is the amateur architecture approach to the infinitely spontaneous order. Built spontaneously, illegally and temporarily, amateur architecture is equal to professional architecture. But amateur architecture is just not significant. One problem of professional architecture is, that it thinks too much of a building. House, which is close to our simple and trivial life, is more fundamental than architecture. Before becoming an architect, ...

Haldenstein, Switzerland

“To me, buildings can have a beautiful silence that I associate with attributes such as composure, self-evidence, durability, presence, and integrity, and with warmth and sensuousness as well; a ...
Serpentine Pavillon London 2011