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Architecture is one industry that has enormous potentials, and it’s possible you might not identify any architect, but you can readily reel off the list of favorite pop stars.

An American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, described architecture as “the mother of art” and went further to explain its potential: “without architecture of our own, we have no soul of our own civilization.”

Architecture is indeed an untapped industry. You’re presented with the list of the most famous architects.

Renzo Piano

Born into a family of builders in Genoa, Italy on September 14th, 1937, Renzo Piano studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic University and taught there after his graduation from 1965-1968.

Renzo’s first architectural edifice was the IPE factory built in Genoa, Italy in the year 1968. Renzo and two other architects, Gianfranco Franchini and Richard Rogers partnered and built a 20th-century art French national museum called the Centre Georges Pompidou.

Renzo Piano is also famous for his architectural design for the Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan; the Foundation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland and the Nemo Science Centre in Amsterdam.

Norman Robert Foster

Sir Norman Robert Foster was born on June 1, 1935, at Cheshire, Manchester, England. He took architectural courses at the Manchester University School of Architecture and the Yale University (where he bagged a Masters in Architecture).

Norman Foster is famous for his immense contribution to the architectural industry through some of the works such as the Wembley Stadium in London, the Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters in Ipswich and the 30 St Mary Axe in London.

Sir Norman Foster has many awards in recognition of his architectural prowess such as the AIA Gold Medal (1994), the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1999) and the Prince of Asturias Award (2009).

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lincoln ‘Lloyd’ Wright was an American architect born on June 8, 1867, and died on April 9, 1959. Frank Wright’s rural upbringing greatly influenced his love for architecture.

During his lifetime, Frank Wright designed about 1,000 structures and these cut across houses, libraries, schools, and museums. He believed that structures should have an appeal to humanity and he developed a concept for this which he called organic architecture.

He had many structures to his credit such as the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Fallingwater, Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Unity Temple and his personal homes (Taliesin and Taliesin West).

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid

Perhaps the most influential woman-architect, Zaha was the first woman to bag the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in the year 2004. Born on October 31, 1950,

Zaha has many structures to her credit such as the aquatic center used during the 2012 London Olympics; the Guangzhou Opera House in China; the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion and the Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.

Frank Owen Gehry

Born on February 28, 1929, Frank Gehry is a Canadian residing in Los Angeles, USA. Frank is famous for his numerous architectural works such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; the New World Centre in Miami Beach and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, USA.

Frank has many awards to his credit such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal and the Pritzker Prize.