6 Legendary Architects You Should Know About

Architects have helped make our world more beautiful one building at a time. And it is not just limited to beauty; architecture has direct impacts on our environment, health and cultures. It is an expression of traditions and serves as an identity for a city or country. Our world has seen such architectures that were deemed impossible to construct but architects made it possible.

Singapore is a hub of contemporary architecture that brings life and technology together. There are numerous architecture firms in Singapore that have made unbelievable building designs. Park Associates is one such architecture firm whose aim is to bring beauty with simplicity.

Here are some architects you should know about:

Daniel Libeskind
Born in Poland in 1946, Daniel Libeskind moved to New York and attended high school there. He went to Cooper Union. He started working for Richard Meier in 1972 briefly and founded his own studio in 1989. The Jewish Museum in Berlin became his first international success. His other remarkable contributions include Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin, Ireland and the Imperial War Museum North in England.

Richard Meier
He was a Cornell graduate who worked with some very famous architects like Marcel Breuer, who was essentially a furniture designer. His architecture works include the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague City Hall, Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Central Library in the Netherlands. He has won numerous accolades including the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the prestigious Pritzker Price.

Zaha Hadid
This Iraqi-British architect was a pioneer and trailblazer who rocked the world of architecture with her curvy designs. She is the most famous female architect in the world right now. She is the only women to win the Pritzker Prize. Some of her famous works include the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Abu Dhabi Performing Art Center and Bee’ah Headquarters.

Renzo Piano
He was born in Genoo, Italy in 1937 and had love for architecture running in his blood as most men in his family were contractors. He attended Politecnico di Milano School of Architecture. The New York Times Building in New York City, the Centre Georges Pimpidou in Paris and the Shard Bridge in London are all his creations. He won the AIA Gld Medal and the Pritzker Prize.

Michael Graves
He was a post-modernist, born in Indianapolis who had developed interest in drawing early in his life. This influenced him to take up architecture and he went on to work with the likes of George Nelson and Carl Strauss. His notable works include the Steigenberger Hotel in Egypt, the Portland Building in Oregon and the Walt Disney World’s Swan. He was awarded with an AIA Giold Medal in 2001.

Eero Saarinen
He was a Finnish-American architect born to a well established architect father. He moved to USA and studied at Yale University. He also taught at Cranbrook. He partnered with Charles Eames and collaborated in the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” at MoMA. He then moved towards architecture and is credited for the iconic Gateway Arch of St. Louis, Missouri and Dulles International Airport of Washington D.C. He also won the AIA Gold Medal in 1962 after his death.