I don't know that guy you mentioned Matija. Must hit the internet. I put Frank Lloyd Wright at the top of the list in my head. I like older buildings mostly and some modern stuff. Louis Sullivan and the Saarinen's both rank high with me. There's a Louis Sullivan bank about 70 miles from me in Owatanna Minnesota that is one of the best rooms in the world. People come from all over the world to see it. You can see some nice pictures at the link.
Anything Prairie School is cool. Bruce Goff is another guy to check out. Wild stuff with rocks and bent metal. Yet I'm not a big Frank Gehry fan. I liked the guys from the International Style. That's Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier up in the corner of this page. That style really translates to bricks very well.
I like Louis Sullivan, Frank L Wright, Minoru Yamasaki, Stanford White, etc.
One architect that I like is somewhat overlooked because he was a pragmatist rather than a visionary. That man is Albert Kahn. Because he would design in any style the client wanted, he is not given the respect accorded to those who developed their own unique style. Despite this he was very important because of his factory designs that revolutionized 20th century industry and influenced the Bauhaus movement in Europe. He also, far more than any other architect helped win WW2 by designing huge plants in the US to produce massive quantities of tanks and aircraft. His architectural practice also designed over 500 factories for the Soviet Union in the 1930s which certainly contributed to that country's ability to defeat the German invasion. That fact that he designed factories, homes and above all the Fisher Building in Detroit shows how versatile he was. Permalink
I'll second that. Gaudi must not be forgotten. Kind of hard to reproduce his buildings in Lego, though.... The contemporary work of Zaha Hadid is inspiring. Thanks for adding me, by the way :-) Permalink