Nicknamed “Architect to the Stars,” African American architect Paul R. Williams was one of the most successful architects of his time. But at the height of his career he wasn’t always welcome in the buildings he designed because of his race. Hollywood’s Architect will tell the story of how he used talent, determination and even charm to defy the odds and create a celebrated body of work. Click on his name for a documentary.
Gordon’s work includes the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (China), the world’s first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters (Abu Dhabi) and most recently the design of Astana Expo 2017 and its sustainable legacy community for Astana, Kazakhstan. Click on his picture for a documentary.
Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Click on his picture for a documentary.
Luis Ramiro Barragán Morfín was a Mexican architect and engineer. His works influenced contemporary architects visually and conceptually. Barragán’s buildings are frequently visited by international students and professors of architecture. Click on his picture for a documentary.
Santiago Calatrava Valls is a Spanish architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter, particularly known for his bridges supported by single leaning pylons, and his railway stations, stadiums, and museums, whose sculptural forms often resemble living organisms. Click on his picture for a documentary.
Tatiana Bilbao Spamer is a Mexican architect whose works often merged geometry with nature. Her practice focuses on sustainable design and social housing. She founded Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO in 2004 and has completed projects in China, France, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, among others. Click on her picture for a documentary.
Toyo Ito is a Japanese architect known for creating conceptual architecture, in which he seeks to simultaneously express the physical and virtual worlds. Click on his picture for a documentary.
Tadao Ando is a Japanese self-taught architect. His approach to architecture and landscape is categorized by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co as “critical regionalism”. Click on his picture for a documentary.
Known as the Queen of Curves, Architect Zaha Hadid (1950–2016) left an indelible mark on the architectural landscape. Her striking structures grace the skylines of major metropolitan cities, while her product designs, including furniture, jewelry, lighting, and shoes, can be found in homes around the world. The boundary-pushing designer—arguably the most famous female architect of her time—received numerous prestigious awards over the course of her career, including the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the 2010 and 2011 Stirling Prize, the 2014 Design Museum Design of the Year Award for her Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, and the 2015 RIBA Gold Medal. Click on her picture for a documentary.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
Known as one of America’s greatest architects — hated by some, adored by others. This film tells some of the story of Wright’s scandalous life and his extraordinary professional career. Click on his picture for a documentary.
“Great buildings blatantly express their true essence to the world.” The lauded Danish architect Bjarke Ingels here shares his personal story and his bold approach to architecture, which he feels should always be playful, generous and empathetic. Click on his picture for a documentary.
More architects to come!!