The role architecture plays in our daily lives is phenomenal and relatively unnoticed. From the houses we admire to the historical buildings that we recognize on the spot, architecture is constantly around us. The following architects have contributed greatly to the global structure and have paved the way for future innovative designs, updated invention, and are pioneers in their chosen field. This article will discuss the top five greatest architects in the world today.
1. Tom Wright
Is it possible to be one of the most popular modern architects if you are only recognized as having created one building? If the building is the most recognized hotel in Dubai, then the answer is yes.
Tom Wright, a British architect, is responsible for creating the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. It is acclaimed for the luxurious amenities as a hotel; however, it is also identified as being one of the most recognizable buildings in contemporary architecture. Incorporating the world’s tallest atrium, a tennis court atop the hotel, and equipped with a helicopter landing pad; Wright deserves his position alongside this list of great modern architects.
2. Zaha Hadid
“Zaha Hadid is one of the most prominent female contemporary architects in today’s society, not only in Britain but on a global scale,” gushes an established architect in Surrey. Hadid has received the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 2004 and she was the only female to have received the award thus far. Her main architectural contribution was the Cincinnati Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art. She was assigned to design the building and it has been described as one of the most imperative new buildings in the US since the time of the Cold War. Since then she has completed several other projects including public transportation, opera houses and libraries.
3. Frank Lloyd Wright
Some people consider Frank Lloyd Wright to be the greatest architect because of his forward-thinking opinions regarding building construction methods. This was particularly outstanding considering he did not attend any formal architectural training school and did not achieve any qualifications. His middle-class American upbringing led him to train under another architectural great, Louis Sullivan, and to this day Wright is noted from the prairie-style designs and organic influences to architecture.
The natural or organic forms seem to become one with nature, and his innovative detailing is still considered to be one of the best building and design concepts in architectural theory, even after approximately 150 years!
4. Eero Saarinen
Born in Finland, Eero Saarinen began his career in architect by working at his father’s architectural office. When at Cranbrook, he became acquainted with Charles Eames and the two began designing new furniture forms. This collaboration resulted in a participation in the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” project. However, Saarinen found himself more focused on architectural design that furniture and worked in this area. His most notable contributions to architecture include the TWA terminal at JFK Airport and the Dulles International Airport.
5. Norman Foster
A fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, the British architect, Norman Foster, worked as an associated of Buckminster Fuller during his early years in the architectural field; Buckminster Fuller being the creator of the geo-design dome. This visionary design’s tessellated pattern using triangular forms had a lasting impression on Foster as the majority of his designs present with this pattern, particular his most recognizable buildings.