If ever an architect could capture the spirit of a nation, it’s the Pritzker Prize-winning Eduardo Souto de Moura of Portugal.
During a career that spans more than fifty years, British architect Richard Rogers has helped shape the modern era.
Curving, organic shapes are the hallmark of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen. You may know him for grand, swooping structures like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, or the Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C.
However, Saarinen also designed on a smaller scale. He began his career designing furniture with Charles Eames. By the 1960s, Saarinen’s Tulip Chair became a classic interior design motif.
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Mies van der Rohe: On first glance, you might find his buildings sterile. Look more closely, and you may discover elegant beauty in their minimalist design.
Born on July 8, 1906, Philip Johnson became famous for his glass-walled house and for surprising designs like this New York City landmark, often called the Lipstick Building.
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Adolf Loos (1870-1933) was born in what is now the Czech Republic, but much of his influence was felt in Vienna, Austria. He scandalized the city in 1909 by situating the bare-bones Goldman and Salatsch Building (Looshaus) across the plaza from the ornate Imperial Palace.
Architect Jean Nouvel designs with a painterly eye, working with color, light, and shadow.