Famous Architects and Builders Born in June

Architect Birthdays in the Month of June

Did you know that many of the world's most important builders and designers have June birthdays? The list is illustrious, including a high-tech British designer, a Spanish surrealist, a German-born immigrant who built an iconic bridge, and arguably the most famous architect in American history. If you believe in astrology, you might even suspect that something in the stars equips June-born infants with special creative powers. But, even if you think the shared birthdays are just coincidence, you'll enjoy pursing this list of June-born giants.

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June 1

Sir Norman Foster, architect, at the headquarters of Foster + Partners in Battersea, London
Architect Norman Foster in 2005, at the headquarters of Foster + Partners in Battersea, London. Photo by Martin Godwin/Hulton Archive/Getty Images ©2011 Martin Godwin

Sir Norman Foster (1935 - )
Born in a working class family, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Sir Norman Foster is known for modernist designs that explore technological shapes and ideas.
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Toyo Ito (1941 - )
In 2013 Toyo Ito became the sixth Japanese architect to win the Pritzker Prize. His humanitarian work includes Home-for-All, community spaces designed for the earthquake victims of his homeland.
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June 7

Painting by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Painting by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Photo by Print Collector / Hulton Fine Art Collection / Getty Images (cropped)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 - 1928)
Born in the Townhead area of Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was inspired by Scottish traditions. Combining them with Japanese and Art Nouveau forms, he pioneered the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain.
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June 8

Hatted Frank Lloyd Wright in 1947
Frank Lloyd Wright in 1947. Photo of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1947 by Joe Munroe/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 - 1958)
Frank Lloyd Wright is without a doubt North America's most famous architect. He experimented with unusual shapes and forms, and created the long, low style that set the standard for suburban housing.
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June 8

The 1948 Myron Bachman House at 1244 W. Carmen Avenue, Chicago designed with brick and corrugated aluminum by architect Bruce Goff
The 1948 Myron Bachman House at 1244 W. Carmen Avenue, Chicago designed with brick and corrugated aluminum by architect Bruce Goff. Photo ©jojolae via flickr.com, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) (cropped)

Bruce Goff (1908 - 1982)
Bruce Goff designed expressive and original buildings using throw-away materials such as cake pans, steel pipe, rope, cellophane, and ash trays.
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June 12

Looking up at the Brooklyn Bridge Tower and Cables
Looking up at the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by Siegfried Layda/Photographer's Choice Collection/Getty Images

John Roebling (1806 - 1869)
Born in Saxony, Germany, architect and civil engineer John Roebling found ingenious uses for wire rope. He is best known for designing the Brooklyn Bridge and other important suspension bridges, but did you know that his firm also provided the wire for the amusing toy, the Slinky?
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June 14

Touro Synagogue designed by Peter Harrison in Newport, Rhode Island
Touro Synagogue designed by Peter Harrison in Newport, Rhode Island. Photo by John Nordell/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images/Getty Images News Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

Peter Harrison (1716 - 1775)
Although born in England, Peter Harrison is often called America's first professional architect. He was inspired by England's grand Baroque buildings and taught himself architecture through books. In the US he's best known for rebuilding King's Chapel in 1754 Boston and America's oldest synagogue, the 1763 Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island.

Kevin Roche (1922 - )
Irish-born Kevin Roche is known for large, sophisticated, sculptural buildings such as the Oakland Museum in California, the Ford Foundation headquarters in New York, and additions to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. He's also a Pritzker Laureate.
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June 15

The Country Builder's Assistant by Asher Benjamin, 1797
The Country Builder's Assistant by Asher Benjamin, 1797. Image crop courtesy Amazon.com

Asher Benjamin (1773 - 1845)
When the United States was a new country, builders guides contained works by English authors. Asher Benjamin's book, The Country Builders Assistant, was the first truly American work on architecture. Benjamin's guide influenced architectural design throughout New England.
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June 17

DCW or “Dining Chair Wood” molded plywood 1946 prototype by Charles and Ray Eames
DCW or “Dining Chair Wood” molded plywood 1946 prototype by Charles and Ray Eames. Photo by Indianapolis Museum of Art / Archive Photos / Getty Images (cropped)
Charles Eames (1907 - 1978)
Charles Eames and his wife Ray Eames were among America's most important designers, celebrated for their contributions to architecture, industrial design, and furniture design.
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June 21

Architect Paolo Soleri, Arizona, 1976
Architect Paolo Soleri, Arizona, 1976. Architect Paolo Soleri, Arizona, 1976, photo by Santi Visalli/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Paolo Soleri (1919 - 2013)
Architect and visionary Paolo Soleri worked with Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1940s, but went on to develop his own ideas. Soleri coined the term arcology to describe the interrelationship of architecture and ecology. The desert community of Arcosanti in Arizona is a laboratory for Soleri's ideas.
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Smiljan Radic (1965 - )
Although he may be a rock star architect in his native Chile, the South American Radic is best known in the Western world for the 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.

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June 24

Replica of the 1917 Red and Blue Chair by Gerrit Rietveld
Replica of the 1917 Red and Blue Chair by Gerrit Rietveld. Image courtesy Amazon.com

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888 - 1964)
Known for his minimalist "Red and Blue Chair" and "Zig Zag" designs, Rietveld readily adopted the Dutch abstract De Stijl principles of his native Netherlands. The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a prime architectural example of De Stijl, or "the style."
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June 25

Black and white historical portrait of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926)
Portrait of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). Photo by Apic/Hulton Archive Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

Antoni Gaudí (1852 - 1926)
Born in Catalonia (Spain), Antoni Gaudí became known for his sensuous, curving buildings. Standing at the forefront of the Spanish Art Nouveau movement, Gaudí challenged our expectations of visual order and developed a distinct and original style.
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Joseph Eichler (1901 - 1974)
Eichler may not be an architect, but as a real estate developer he changed the way people lived in California after World War II.
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Robert Venturi (1925 - )
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Pritzker Laureate (1991) Robert Venturi and his wife, Denise Scott Brown, founded Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates (VSBA) in Philadelphia. One of their first projects was a house for his mother, the Vanna Venturi House, which they call "a seminal work" that has influenced their other designs. (Source: venturiscottbrown.org, PDF document, accessed August 13, 2012)
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June 26

Solomon Willard (1783 - 1861)
A leading architect in Boston, Solomon Willard designed the "Egyptian revival" granite obelisk known as Bunker Hill Monument. Willard also carved architectural details for many important buildings in Boston, but the 221-foot monument in nearby Charlestown may be Willard's lasting impression. Dedicated June 17, 1843, Bunker Hill is a monument to the first battles of the American Revolution in June 1775.

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June 30

A white, quiet, country church in Bavaria, Wieskirche near Steingaden, Allgau, Germany
Wieskirche near Steingaden, Allgau, Bavaria, Germany. Photo by Markus Lange/Robert Harding World Imagery/Getty Images

Dominikus Zimmerman (1685 - 1766)
German architect Dominikus Zimmerman spent his life designing rural churches in the exuberant Rococo style. The lavish Wies Pilgrimage Church (Wieskirche) was designed by Dominikus Zimmerman and his brother Johann Baptist, who was a fresco master.
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