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The world doesn't need architects to make buildings. The world needs architects to make architecture.

Expanding on the medieval mantra of let's make really ornate stuff, Early Modern architects created some truly impressive structures using pre-modern construction tools before settling down with simpler and more practical designs; here are some of the more note-worthy.
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Alexander Jackson Davis

bornactivedied
1803, Jul 241820s-18781892, Jan 14
was one of the most successful and influential American architects of his generation, known particularly for his association with the Gothic Revival style.
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Salomon de Bray

borndied
15971664
a Dutch Golden Age architect and painter. He painted history paintings, portraits and landscapes. As a Catholic he probably also made altar pieces for the Haarlem underground Catholic churches known as mission stations, or staties. He was a poet and member of the Chamber of rhetoric called "De Wijngaertranken".
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Thomas de Keyser

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1596 ca1620s-16671667
a Dutch painter and architect. He excelled as a portrait painter, and was the most in-demand portrait painter in the Netherlands until the 1630s. In addition to portraits, he also executed some historical and mythological pictures, such as the Theseus and Ariadne in the Amsterdam town hall, now the Royal Palace. De Keyser also worked as an architect. From 16...
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Philibert de l'Orme

aka: De l'Orme, de L'Orme, or Delorme
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1514 ca1540-15671570, Jan 8
a French architect, one of the great masters of the French Renaissance; also wrote two books on architecture. Much of his work has disappeared, but his fame remains. An ardent humanist and student of the antique, he yet vindicated resolutely the French tradition in opposition to Italian tendencies; he was a man of independent mind and a vigorous originality....
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Lauritz de Thurah

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1706, Mar 41725-1750s1759, Sep 5
a Danish architect and architectural writer. He became the most important Danish architect of the late baroque period. As an architectural writer and historian he made a priceless contribution to the understanding of both Denmark's architectural heritage and building construction in his day.
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Deodat del Monte

aka: van der Mont, Deodatus Delmont
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1582, Sep1644, Nov 24
a Flemish Baroque painter, architect, engineer, astronomer, and art dealer who was part of the inner circle of Peter Paul Rubens. It is believed that he became a pupil of Rubens between 1598 (the year in which Rubens became a master) and 1600. He possibly studied under another master before becoming Rubens’ pupil. He also worked as an architect and militar...
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George Devey

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18201850-1880s1886
a British architect, most of whose work was on country houses and their estates, especially those belonging to the Rothschild family. The second son of Frederick and Ann Devey, he was born and educated in London. After leaving school he studied art, under John Sell Cotman and James Duffield Harding with an ambition to become a professional artist, but later ...
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Laurent-Benoît Dewez

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1731, Apr 141758-18041812, Nov 1
a Belgian architect of Walloon origin. He is considered the most influential architect in the Austrian Netherlands (present-day Belgium) from the second half of the 18th-century. His architectural projects are of international stature and introduced a neoclassical style with Italian and English influences to the region. He designed a large number of château...
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Christoph Dientzenhofer

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1655, Jul 71670s-17221722, Jun 20
a prominent Bavarian architect of South-German, Austrian and Bohemian Baroque. Among his works are the Church of St. Nicholas (1703–11, later completed by his son) and the Brevnov Monastery (1708–21) in Prague, church of St. Klara in Eger (Cheb) (1708–11).
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Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer

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1689, Sep 11717-17511751, Dec 18
a Bohemian architect of the Baroque era. He was the fifth son of the German architect Christoph Dientzenhofer
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Tommaso Dingli

aka: Tumas
bornactivedied
1591, Dec 221608-16661666
an architect famous for having designed many parish churches in various localities. His masterpiece was designing the Attard Parish Church.
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John Dobson

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1787, Dec 91811-18631865, Jan 8
a 19th-century English architect in the neoclassical tradition. He became the most noted architect in the North of England. Churches and houses by him dot the North East - Nunnykirk Hall, Meldon Park, Mitford Hall, Lilburn Tower, St John the Baptist Church in Otterburn, Northumberland, and Beaufront Castle among them. During his career he designed more than ...
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Domenichino

aka: Domenico Zampieri
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1581, Oct 211641, Apr 6
an Italian Baroque painter of the Bolognese or Carracci School of painters. Domenichino's work, developed principally from Raphael's and the Carracci's examples, mirrors the theoretical ideas of his friend Giovanni Battista Agucchi, with whom the painter collaborated on a Treatise on Painting. With the election of a Bolognese pope (Gregory XV) in 1621, Domen...
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Thomas Leverton Donaldson

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1795, Oct 191826-1870s1885, Aug 1
a British architect, notable as a pioneer in architectural education, as a co-founder and President of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a winner of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal.
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John Douglas

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1709 ca1730s-1770s1778, Jun 20
a Scottish architect who designed and reformed several country houses in the Scottish Lowlands. His most notable works are Killin and Ardeonaig Church, Stirlingshire (1744); Kilmahew Castle, Argyll and Bute (attributed, 1744); Archerfield House, East Lothian (1745); Wardhouse (Gordonhall), Insch, Aberdeenshire (1757); and Campbeltown Town House, Argyll and B...
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