15 Most Famous Architects of the 21st Century (Part 1)
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15 Most Famous Architects of the 21st Century


Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel is a French architect who studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a founding member of Mars 1976 and Syndicat de l’Architecture. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture; the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008.

Ateliers Jean Nouvel, his present practice, was formed in 1994 with Michel Pélissié and is one of the largest in France, with 140 people in the main office in Paris. The practice also has site offices are Rome, Geneva, Madrid and Barcelona.


National Museum of Qatar


One Central Park






Kengo Kuma

Kuma was is Japanese architect, who studied Architecture in the University of Tokyo. He has taught at Columbia University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Keio University, where in 2008, Kuma was awarded his Ph.D. in Architecture. Kuma is currently Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo, running diverse research projects concerning architecture, urbanity and design within his own Laboratory, Kuma Lab.

Some of his key projects include the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Bamboo Wall House in China, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Group’s Japan headquarters, Besançon Art Center in France, and one of the largest spas in the Caribbean for Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay.


V&A Dundee museum


ArtA Cultural Centre





Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas have developed an innovative approach through a strikingly wide variety of projects, ranging from urban interventions to airports, from museums to cultural centers and spaces for music, from convention centers to offices, from interiors to private houses and design collections.

From large to small scale, the holistic approach of Studio Fuksas allows to devise completely integrated design solutions. With a cosmopolitan team, the practice designs by researching and challenging, by simply asking the right questions. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport’s new Terminal 3, which his firm designed and built between 2008 and 2013 (with parametric design support by the engineering firm Knippers Helbig), is an outstanding example for the use of parametric design and production technologies in a large scale building that the practice has come to be associated with.



Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall 




Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie is an Israeli-Canadian architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author. He graduated from McGill University in 1961 with a degree in architecture. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montreal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat ‘67, an adaptation of his thesis at McGill, which was the central feature of the World’s Fair and a groundbreaking design in the history of architecture.

He served as Director of the Urban Design Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1978 to 1984, and Ian Woodner Professor of Architecture and Urban Design from 1984 to 1989.  Some of his most notable projects include: the acclaimed Habitat ‘67 in Montreal; the Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands, a museum and mixed-use integrated resort in Singapore; and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

Raffles City Chongqing





Norman Foster

Norman Foster was born in Manchester. After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he was a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College and gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. Norman Foster is the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate.

 Over the past four decades his company Foster + Partners has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban master plans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. Since its inception, the practice has received 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won more than 86 international and national competitions.


30 St Mary Axe Tower



Apple Headquarters




Cui Kai

Cui Kai is a Chinese architect, who graduated from the Department of Architecture of Tianjin University in 1984 with a master's degree. At present he is Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Deputy President and Chief Architect of China Architecture Design & Research Group; Winner of Liang Sicheng Architecture Prize and French Culture & Art Cavalier Medal, founder of China Architecture Design Group Land-based Rationalism D.R.C.


Beijing Olympic Park


Beijing Digital Publishing Information Center




Rem Koolhass

Rem Koolhass is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Koolhaas studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is the founding partner of OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

In 2000, Rem Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize.And in 2008, Time put him in their top 100 of The World’s Most Influential People. Koolhaas’ firm is now known almost exclusively for large-scale works, such as the CCTV Headquarters (named the “Best Tall Building in the World” in 2013) and the Seattle Library (which is widely regarded as one of the most important buildings of the 21st century). 


CCTV Headquarters


The Interlace




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