Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan is considered to be the most important woman architect in history… even though she lived in an era when women were not supposed to be architects at all! Her story is one of great determination, overcoming tremendous obstacles to attain her goal.

During her professional career, Julia designed more than 700 buildings. Because of her great skill, vision and dedication, she earned the respect and friendship of the powerful Hearst. But Julia was not only a gifted architect. She was also a pioneering professional who cleared a path for many to follow. Today, each person who sees a Julia Morgan building is reminded not only of her unique talent, but also of her will and courage.

*First woman accepted in to the architecture section of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

*California’s first female architect.

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Arata Isozaki


His later works are Mannered and self-conscious, borrowing from a spectrum of architectural influences. He appropriates design ideas from such diverse sources as the Vienna Secession, Marcel Cuchamp and Archigram.

Considered Tange’s successor as the leading creative figure in Japanese architecture, Isozaki is equally important as a writer and theorist. He consistently acts as the leading interpreter of outside trends and movements for other Japanese designers.

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Michael Graves

American architect. Identified as one of The New York Five, Graves has become a household name with his designs for domestic products sold at Target stores in the United States.

Drawing is central to Michael Graves’s way of working on and thinking about architecture, and he is well known for his evocative sketches and drawings.

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Norman & Foster


Great Court at the British Museum

Designed by Foster and Partners, the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court transformed the Museum’s inner courtyard into the largest covered public square in Europe. It is a two-acre space enclosed by a spectacular glass roof with the world-famous Reading Room at its centre. 









City Hall, London – London, UK, 1998-2002

Located on the south bank of the Thames, alongside the new More London development, City Hall is one of the capital’s most symbolically important new projects. Advancing themes explored earlier in the Reichstag, it expresses the transparency and accessibility of the democratic process and demonstrates the potential for a sustainable, virtually non-polluting public building.

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Frank Lloyd Wright


For more than 70 years, Frank Lloyd Wright showed his countrymen new ways to build their homes and see the world around them. He created some of the most monumental, and some of the most intimate spaces in America. He designed everything: banks and resorts, office buildings and churches, a filling station and a synagogue, a beer garden and an art museum. From his first house to his final masterpiece, follow Frank Lloyd Wright’s extraordinary career, his life, and 20th century American architecture.

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Antoni Gaudi (1852 – 1926)

Architect and designer, Antoni Gaudi is the most internationally prestigious figure in spanish architecture.

Born in Reus, in Catalonia, he graduated in Barcelona in 1878 and this city became the center of his activities. One important aspect is his capacity as designer.

This led him to create, in close collaboration with some of the very fine artisans of his time, all those elements making up architectural space – wrought iron, furniture, stained glass, sculptural work, mosaics, ceramics and so on – within an organic concept of decoration and with the integration of these elements into the construction process.

The sea landscape was one of his most preferred inspirations.

In his own time, Gaudi was both admired and criticised for the audacity and singularity of his innovative solutions. His fame on a world scale has become an unquestioned fact both in specialised circles and among the general public.

Gaudi’s design techniques

In Gaudi’s work, it is suitable to appreciate his point of view as painter and sculptor. For him color was light, and whether he was using pure or iridescent shades, gold or silver, aspect and tone were just as important as the quality and durability of the pigment.

All of Gaudi’s designs began life as three-dimensional models in clay or plaster that allowed him to play with materials with maximum degree of creative freedom.

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Rem koolhaas


Rem Koolhaas was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association, London, 1972.

Major buildings by architect Rem Koolhaas:

Almere Megabioscoop – cinema multiplex, Netherlands 2007
Seattle Public Library, Seattle, Washington, USA 2004
Netherlands Embassy, Berlin, Germany 2001
Maison at Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France 1998
Lille Grand Palais, Lille, France 1994
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1992

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Manfredi Nicoletti


Manfredi Nicoletti sees architecture as a metaphor for nature. His work proposes sustainable bioclimatic solutions inspired by, rather than based upon, natural forms.

Putrajaya Waterfront : Malaysian Development 

“The building should have a uniqueness that tells of its place of origin, which is culturally modern, Islamic and tropical in nature. This group of houses is on the artificial lake, so we conceived a complex of elements, like a fleet, each one inspired by a boat.”

 – Manfredi Nicoletti 

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Frank Gehry

Website: http://www.foga.com/

Buildings by Frank Gehry: http://www.listphile.com/The_Buildings_of_Frank_Gehry

Frank Owen Gehry, born February 28, 1929 is a Canadian-American Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles, California.

His buildings, including his private residence, have become tourist attractions. His works are often cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led Vanity Fair to label him as “the most important architect of our age”.

I have only recently discovered the work of Frank Gehry due to this blog….each design is amazing and almost look un-realistic! The Walt Disney Concert hall is my favourite as I love the unusual design and the way the building looks different from every angle.

Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Dancing House in Prague

8 Spruce Street

8 Spruce Street (formerly the Beekman Tower) is a 76-story skyscraper designed by architect Frank Gehry currently under construction in the New York City borough of Manhattan at 8 Spruce Street, just south of City Hall Plaza and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Frank Gehry is also the first architect to ever appear on The Simpsons. (Unfortunately I was not able to locate the English version!)