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Alejandro Aravena

Building in photo: Quinta Monroy

Alejandro Gastón Aravena Mori is a Chilean architect and executive director of the firm Elemental S.A. He won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2016 and was the director and curator of the Architecture Section of the 2016 Venice Biennale.

Alvaro Siza

Building in photo: Ibere Camargo Foundation

Alvaro Siza (born 1933) is considered Portugal’s greatest living architect and possibly the best that country has ever produced.

READ ARTICLE: Álvaro Siza’s latest project is tinged with sadness

Zaha Hadid

Building in photo: Heydar Alijev Center

Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA was a British-Iraqi architect, artist and designer, recognised as a major figure in architecture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.


Glenn Murcutt

Building in photo: Marika-Alderton House

Glenn Marcus Murcutt AO is Australia’s most internationally recognised architect and winner of the 1992 Alvar Aalto Medal, the 2002 Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for architecture), the 2009 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the 2021 Praemium Imperiale.


Jacques Herzog

Building in photo: Blavatnik School of Government

Jacques Herzog studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) with Aldo Rossi and Dolf Schnebli from 1970 to 1975. Together with Pierre de Meuron, he established Herzog & de Meuron in Basel in 1978. They were awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2001), the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK, 2007), the Praemium Imperiale (Japan, 2007), and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (USA, 2014).


Lina Bo Bardi

Building in photo: São Paulo Museum of Art

Lina Bo Bardi, was an Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect. A prolific architect and designer, she devoted her working life, most of it spent in Brazil, to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design.


Rem Koolhaas

Building in photo: China Central Television Headquarters

Remment Lucas Koolhaas, born in 1944, is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. His habit of shaking up established conventions has made him one of the most influential architects of his generation.


Elements of building in the starring role in Venice

The  Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has focused almost exclusively on research over the last two years in preparation for his architecture installation at this year’s Venice Biennale for Architecture. Together with students from Harvard and a handful of other researchers, he has revisited elements of architecture – ceiling, floor, facade, etc.


Toyo Ito

Building in photo: Tama Art University Library

Toyo Ito is a Japanese architect known for creating conceptual architecture, in which he seeks to simultaneously express the physical and virtual worlds.


Antoni Gaudi

Building in photo: Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was a Catalan architect from Spain known as the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works have a highly individualised style. Most are located in Barcelona, including his main work, the church of the Sagrada Família.


Gehry's new Paris museum: boat, whale or crystal palace?

While his work is known internationally, Frank Gehry’s designs do not suit every person’s taste – or budget.
Many of the projects take longer to complete and often cost considerably more than planned. With his latest project, the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, this winner of the Pritzker Prize has been true to style, but court cases to prevent the erection of the building eventually have not succeeded. 


2014 Stirling award to Everyman

The name, even, of this year’s Stirling Prize winner – Everyman Theatre in Liverpool – offers a contrast with some of the other buildings on the shortlist: the London School of Economics (LSE) Student Centre, Manchester School of Art and the Aquatic Centre built in London for the Olympic Games. 


Impetus for architecture, in Britain

Architecture is as important as health and food. This is the opinion of the chairperson of the British Farrel commission that was appointed in 2013 to investigate the status of architecture and the built environment in that country.  


Design: a moral enterprise?

The architect Michael B. Lehrer describes design as a moral enterprise, finding beauty in chaos and in places where people usually don’t look for value.  He illustrates his view of designers’ moral enterprise with examples of award-winning work.


Wales offers a virtual model for Farrell's 'urban rooms'

One of the main themes of the Farrell Review is the need for a new level of public engagement through education and outreach in every village, town and city.
There was a specific recommendation for “urban rooms” where people can inspect how the past, present and future fit together.