The Fahad Al-Tamimi list of Architects you need to know

When it comes to architecture, so much of the work is built up on the work of others, most modern designs are the culminations of centuries of design work. When you’re studying the art form you often have architects you look up to, and ones you wish to either emulate or pay homage to. Here are some of Fahad Al-Tamimi Architecture’s favourite artists.

Sir Norman Foster was a graduate from the Manchester University School of Architecture and the extremely demanding Yale University Masters in Architecture program. He founded the company Foster and Partners which has received over 470 awards and citations for excellence over their 45 years as a business. He has also won the extremely prestigious Prtizker Prize. His most notable works include the Beijing Airport, The Dresden Railway Station and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Renzo Piano was born in 1937 in Genoa, Italy. He was brought up in a family that adored construction. His father, four uncles and brother were all contractors and so it was almost destiny he would go into a similar field of construction. After he graduated from the Politecnico di Milano School of Architecture, he worked in the offices of Louis Khan in Philadelphia, before striking out on his own. Some of his most famous buildings are the Menil Collection in Houston and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Santiago Calatrava was born in 1957 in Spain. He went to school in Paris before moving back to Spain and attending the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura. After this he was still unhappy with the way his education was going and so finally attended ETH to study civil engineering. After graduation he began to take on small engineering commissions. His big break was in 1984 when he won a competition proposal in 1984 to build the Bach De Roda Bridge in Barcelona. This was the competition that introduced him to the world. Since then he has worked on several large scale projects like the BCE Place Mall in Toronto, Tenerife Opera House in the Canary Islands and the Orient Railway station in Lisbon.

Zaha Hadid has struggled all her career, being a female in a male dominated field. She was a student of the famous Rem Koolhaas. She was the first woman to ever win the Pritzker Prize award in 2004 and is still the only woman to have won it. Her breakthrough was when she was commissioned to design the Cincinnati Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art. The New York Times called the building ‘The most important new building in America since the Cold War’.



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