The 50 Greatest Architects
The People Whose Buildings Have Shaped Our World
"Engaging biographies alongside showstopping photos [...] A book that's both enlightening and beautiful" - LoveReading
In this stunning jacketed hardback, award-winning architecture writer Ike Ijeh introduces 50 of the world's most influential architects and a selection of their most celebrated buildings, showcased with full-color photography.
The architects selected here have designed buildings that are as dramatic as their impact on the world of architecture. From familiar modern era names such as Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster to geniuses from history such as Nicholas Hawksmoor and Andrea Palladio, Ike Ijeh reveals his top 50 list of the architects deserving of the description 'greatest'. Two double-page spreads are dedicated to each architect, outlining their influences, the legacy of their ideas and revealing the glorious designs that have made them famous.
o Full-color photographs and illustrations of famous buildings around the world
o Concise professional biographies of the architects listed
o Plans from great architecture projects
o Entries arranged in chronological order for easy reference
With this wonderful hardback reference guide you can discover the true breadth of the creative achievements that lie within the careers of these architectural giants and enjoy their beautiful creations through images and illustrations.
About this Author
Ike Ijeh is a practising London-based architect who is an architecture critic for some of the UK's foremost architecture and construction magazines. He is also the founder of London Architecture Walks, London's original guided walks company and one specifically conceived to bring architecture to the wider general public. In 2014 he was co-author of Architecture Beyond Criticism, an academic research book providing expert evaluation of the way architecture is perceived by and presented to society. His most recent book, Designing London: A Guide to the Character of London aims to provide the first comprehensive critical analysis of London's urban character and the role architecture helps play in defining it. In 2018 Ike was named the International Building Press (IBP) Architecture Writer of the Year and he has again been nominated for the same award in 2020. In 2016 Ike was nominated for the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Writer of the Year Award. As well as practising and writing about architecture, Ike also teaches extensively on the subject and has been a visiting lecturer to schools and universities in the UK, U.S. and Denmark. Ike is a born and bred Londoner who is passionate about his city and lives in the capital with his wife and baby son.
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