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Since there's a thread for the architects we don't like, what about a thread about our idols or simply the architects we admire.

For me, before anyone else, is Frank Lloyd Wright. I still remember when I was 11 years old, and on the art book we used at school I saw for the first time a picture of Fallingwater. He represents (at least aesthetically) everything I like in architecture. He invented a new way to build, and his creativity was boundless, but he had also the desire to make buildings with a sense of warmth and humanity. He had a fantastic eye for detail, and his furniture is as beautiful as his buildings.
I'm not saying that everything he did was perfect (the flat ceilings notorious for leaks, the structural problems of some of his buldings (included Fallingwater), and many criticize the idea of Broadacre city.

Others architects I really admire:
Gaudi
Greene & Greene
Carlo Scarpa
Oscar Niemeyer
Eero Saarinen
Felix Candela
Reima Pietila
Jorn Utzon
Ray Kappe
Togo Diaz
Decio Tozzi
Joao Figuiras Lima (Lelè)
John Lautner
Richard Neutra
Ricardo Bofil

etc... Laurie Baker for his ideas about sustainable architecture, Kazuo Shinohara for his aesthetic rigor (altough I would never live in one of his houses), Paolo Soleri... the list could be long.
What about your favorite architects?
 

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Modern architecture: being organic (warm), green, minimalistic, stylish, interesting, urbanistically refined - humanistic - socially friendly.

1. Norman Foster
2. Oscar Niemeyer
3. Adrian Smith
4. Santiago Calatrava
5. William Van Alen
6. Jørn Utzon
7. Fazlur Rahman Khan
8. Frank Lloyd Wright
9. Kengo Kuma
10. Jun Xia
11. John Schlossman
12. William Pedersen

Old masters:
1. Filippo Brunelleschi
2. Charles Barry
3. Antoni Gaudí
4. Donato Bramante
 

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I love what Ricardo Bofill does. He basically lived out my dream, buy a historic factory and convert it into your mansion and architectural studio.

I also like John Lautner for his timeless houses connected to the natural surrounding. In fact, any architect who focuses on environmental connection.
 

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There's a beautiful factory-to-home conversion on Boston avenue in Leslieville Toronto. Small but charming, kept many of the fittings.

For residential architecture I adore Richard Neutra for simplicity, massive vertical glass planes and linkages with the outdoors.

Rem Koolhaas is up there for his pioneering gravity defying and jarring forms, an innovator who inspired a few baby Rems such as Zaha Hadid.
 

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From an aesthetic point of view I really like weird architects, like Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel. From an ideological point of view I like Bjarke Ingels and Moshe Safdie for their innovative ideas. Then there is Santiago Calatrava who concerns me for having many good and many bad aspects.
 

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I created a map with the works of famous (greatest?) 20th and 21st century architects.

Link to the google map: 24 Great Modern Architects

Here is a my selected list:

AG - Antonio Gaudi
LS - Louis Sullivan
FW - Frank Lloyd Wright

WG - Walter Gropius
MR - Mies Van der Rohe
LC - Le Corbusier

AA - Alvar Aalto
LK - Louis Kahn

PJ - Philip Johnson
ON - Oscar Nemeyer
ES - Eero Saarinen

KT - Kenzo Tange
IP - Ieoh Ming Pei
JU - John Utzon

CP - César Pelli
FG - Frank Gehry
RR - Richard Rogers

NF - Norman Foster
RP - Renzo Piano
RK - Rem Koolhaas

JN - Jean Nouvel
DL - Daniel Libeskind
ZH - Zaha Hadid

SC - Santiago Calatrava

You can do a virtual tour or better plan your vacation to see all these places :)
Enjoy.
 

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Currently I would go with Bjarke Ingels Group and Moshe Safdie for their housing projects, MAD and Snohetta (but msotly MAD) for combining architecture and landscape and Jean Nouvel for adapting his designs to specific conceptions and taking local needs into account.

I also like Zaha Hadid Architects for their aesthetics, which I like to call "Baroque Modernism", but I think they are a little too trapped in the aesthetic part.

Among older architects I would choose Le Corbusier for his innovative ideals in middle class housing, Antonio Gaudi for his approach in naturalistic forms and Frank Lloyd Wright for his "organic" and "traditional-modern" style.

I also have my Baroque heroes, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francesco Borromini and Guarino Guarini.
 

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iI might have forgotten some but here are some of the architects whose buildings' designs cause me a sensory impact.

Antonio Gaudí
Luis Barragán
Ricardo Legorreta
Teodoro González de León
Felix Candela
Sordo Madaleno
Ricardo Bofill
Mies Van der Rohe
Frank Lloyd Wright
Oscar Niemeyer
Santiago Calatrava
Norman Foster
Richard Rogers
WOHA
Zaha Hadid
 

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Update on my previous list.

I think the high-tech trio, Foster, Rogers and Piano, are among the few great architects that are both very creative and very ethical on their approach.

I also idolize OMA for their creative approach to spatial configurations and I also like other offices directly or indirectly descending from them, like MVRDV and Bjarke Ingels.

I like Zaha Hadid but mostly her early works, like the MAXXI. And I also love MAD Architects, especially for their Harbin Opera House.

And I still think I like Moshe Safdie, though I want to look deeper into his work.
 

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I created a map with the works of famous (greatest?) 20th and 21st century architects.

Link to the google map: 24 Great Modern Architects

Here is a my selected list:

AG - Antonio Gaudi
LS - Louis Sullivan
FW - Frank Lloyd Wright

WG - Walter Gropius
MR - Mies Van der Rohe
LC - Le Corbusier

AA - Alvar Aalto
LK - Louis Kahn

PJ - Philip Johnson
ON - Oscar Nemeyer
ES - Eero Saarinen

KT - Kenzo Tange
IP - Ieoh Ming Pei
JU - John Utzon

CP - César Pelli
FG - Frank Gehry
RR - Richard Rogers

NF - Norman Foster
RP - Renzo Piano
RK - Rem Koolhaas

JN - Jean Nouvel
DL - Daniel Libeskind
ZH - Zaha Hadid

SC - Santiago Calatrava

You can do a virtual tour or better plan your vacation to see all these places :)
Enjoy.
Great list! I knew about most of these in the northeast US, but you did a good job getting obscure places. There were a few that I had heard of in other places that you had some good information on that doesn't appear to be widely available.

Do you plan on continuing to expand on this?
 
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