Santiago Calatrava

Valencia's favorite son, a man who has merged architecture and engineering into designs that (occasionally) transcend the limitations of both. Graceful bridges, train stations, museums- all white structure and glass...

Selected Projects
Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Museum of Art
BCE Place
Campo Volatin Bridge
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

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Zaha Hadid

For years it was easy to dismiss Zaha Hadid as just another theorist. Her designs were presented in a beautiful (although confusing) format that made you fear that such techniques were a distraction from any real talent...

Selected Projects
Vitra Firehouse
Mind Zone
Bergisel Mountain Ski Jump
Rosenthal Contemporary Art Center

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Norman Foster

Certainly prolific, Sir Norman Foster has created clean, shiny buildings across the globe. From the groundbreaking and expensive Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank to the immensely popular Reichstag dome in Berlin to the, um, suggestive Swiss Re Building in London...

Selected Projects
Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) Building
Reichstag Dome
Millennium Bridge
Great Court at the British Museum
London City Hall

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Rafael Viñoly

Often emphasizing structure, Rafael Viñoly has designed and built a portfolio of impressive projects throughout the world, including the winning competition entry for the 1 Billion Dollar (US) Tokyo International Forum...

Selected Projects
Tokyo International Forum
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Princeton Football Stadium
Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Louis Kahn

On St Patrick's Day in 1974, Louis Kahn met an anonymous death in the always unpleasant Men's Bathroom in Penn Station, New York. A sad end to such an inspired life...

Selected Projects
Richards Medical Research Laboratories
Salk Institute of Biological Studies
Kimbell Museum
Yale Center for British Art
Bangladesh National Assembly

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Paul Rudolph

Brutalists rarely got as brutal as Paul Rudolph, a man who suffered the singular misfortune of designing the Yale Art and Architecture Building. Fickle, unappreciative architecture students hated the building and it even found itself a victim of a suspicious fire in 1969...

Selected Projects
Yale Art and Architecture Building
Penthouse at 23 Beekman Place
Orange County Government Center
Temple Street Parking Garage

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Frank Gehry

Schadenfreude is a German word that (loosely) means taking joy in another's misery. In one hard to pronounce word it represents how much fun it can be to watch successful people fail, how jealousy can taint opinions and views...

Selected Projects
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Gehry House
Norton House

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Alvar Aalto
Will Alsop
Tadao Ando
Erik Gunnar Asplund
Luis Barragan
Mario Botta
Marcel Breuer
Will Bruder
Santiago Calatrava
Coop Himmelblau
Diller + Scofidio
Charles and Ray Eames
Peter Eisenman
Sverre Fehn
Norman Foster
Antonio Gaudi
Frank Gehry
Walter Gropius
Zaha Hadid
Herzog and de Meuron
Steven Holl
Toyo Ito
Philip Johnson
Louis Kahn
Rem Koolhaas
Kisho Kurokawa
John Lautner
Le Corbusier
Sigurd Lewerentz
Daniel Libeskind
Maya Lin
Adolf Loos
Richard Meier
Mies van der Rohe

Eric Owen Moss
Oscar Niemeyer
Jean Nouvel
Antoine Predock
Gerrit Rietveld
Renzo Piano
Richard Rogers
Aldo Rossi
Paul Rudolph
Eero Saarinen
Carlo Scarpa
Hans Scharoun
Rudolph M. Schindler
Alvaro Siza
Skidmore, Owings and
Giuseppe Terragni
Jorn Utzon
Robert Venturi
Rafael Vinoly
Frank Lloyd Wright

Peter Zumthor


Expressing Structure: The Technology of Large Scale Buildings
by Richard Thomasetti, Charles Thornton
(2004) Birkhauser Boston

Structural engineers don't come any better than Thornton-Thomasetti, this is a book that starts to bring you into their world. From Airport Terminals and Arenas to Cesar Pelli's Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur... (read more)


LOT/EK: Urban Scan
by Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Ligano, Philip Nobel
(2002) Princeton Architectural Press

If your idea has always been to creatively reuse shipping containers to make cool, practical and (relatively) inexpensive architecture, then you're already too late... (read more)


Shigeru Ban
by Matilda McQuaidl
(2003) Phaidon

Shigeru Ban has created architecture out of things that most people would never even think of using, from those infamous (and damn strong) cardboard tubes to the discarded soda cases that he has used in refugee housing... (read more)


Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and the Architecture of Decency
by Andrea Oppenheimer Dean and Timothy Hursley
(2002) Princeton Architectural Press

It's true that you don't know what you've got until it's gone- Sam Mockbee finally started to acheive the true recognition that he deserved after his death... (read more)


Richard Neutra - Complete Works
by Barbara Lamprecht, Julius Schulman
(2000) Taschen

Considering the size and weight of this book, it better damn well include Neutra's complete works. Ignoring its cool wood cover, tremendous weight (13 pounds!)... (read more)