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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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Hans Hendrik van Paesschen

bornactivedied
1510 ca1540s-1570s1582
a Flemish architect, based in Antwerp, who designed high-style classical buildings in many countries of northern Europe. In sharp contrast to the gothic and mannerist styles being used at the time in northern Europe, Paesschen often designed buildings in a pure Florentine style, but with a northern flavor. He employed arcaded and colonnaded loggias, domes, a...
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Edward Graham Paley

aka: E. G. Paley
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1823, Sep 31845-18951895, Jan 23
an English architect who practised in Lancaster, Lancashire, in the second half of the 19th century. Paley's major work was the design of new churches, but he also rebuilt, restored, and made additions and alterations to existing churches. His major new ecclesiastical design was that of St Peter's Church, Lancaster, which became Lancaster Cathedral.
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Andrea Palladio

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1508, Nov 301530s-1570s1580, Aug 19
an Italian architect active in the Republic of Venice. Palladio, influenced by Roman and Greek architecture, primarily by Vitruvius, is widely considered to be the most influential individual in the history of architecture.
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Giovanni Paolo Panini

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1691, Jun 171710s-1750s1765, Oct 21
a painter and architect, who worked in Rome and is mainly known as one of the vedutisti ("view painters"). As a painter, Panini is best known for his vistas of Rome, in which he took a particular interest in the city's antiquities. Among his most famous works are his view of the interior of the Pantheon (on behalf of Francesco Algarotti), and his vedute—pa...
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Alexander Parris

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1780, Nov 241801-18501852, Jun 16
a prominent American architect-engineer. Beginning as a housewright, he evolved into an architect whose work transitioned from Federal style architecture to the later Greek Revival. He is also responsible for the designs of many lighthouses along the coastal Northeastern United States.
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Joseph Paxton

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1803, Aug 31823-18651865, Jun 8
an English gardener, architect and Member of Parliament, best known for designing The Crystal Palace. In 1832, Paxton developed an interest in greenhouses at Chatsworth where he designed a series of buildings with "forcing frames" for espalier trees.
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Edward Lovett Pearce

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16991720s-17331733, Dec 7
an Irish architect, and the chief exponent of palladianism in Ireland. He is best known for the Irish Houses of Parliament in Dublin, and his work on Castletown House. The architectural concepts he employed on both civic and private buildings were to change the face of architecture in Ireland. He could be described as the father of Irish Palladian architectu...
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Sir James Pennethorne

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1801, Jun 41820s-1870s1871, Sep 1
a 19th-century English architect and planner, particularly associated with buildings and parks in central London. Until 1840 Pennethorne engaged in some private practice, his works including the Bazaar, in St. James's Street; Southland Hall, Leicestershire; Dillington House, Ilminster; St. Julian's (a house at Sevenoaks); and Christ Church, Albany Street. Du...
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Charles Percier

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1764, Aug 221784-18041838, Sep 5
a neoclassical French architect, interior decorator and designer, who was one of the inventors and major proponents of the rich, grand, consciously-archaeological versions of neoclassicism we recognise as Directoire style and Empire style.
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Marie Adrien Persac

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18231856-18731873
a French-born painter, photographer, surveyor, lithographer and inventor, Marie Adrien Persac was the most important delineator of plantation scenes in nineteenth-century Louisiana. In addition to painting some thirty idealized plantation scenes and public buildings in gouache for private clients, Persac also worked in traditional watercolors, depicting hou...
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Giuseppe Piermarini

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1734, Jul 181765-18081808, Feb 18
an Italian architect who trained with Luigi Vanvitelli at Rome and designed the Teatro alla Scala, Milan (1776–78), which remains the work by which he is remembered. Indeed, il Piermarini serves as an occasional euphemism for the celebrated opera house. Pie...
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Maurits Post

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1645, Dec 101677, Jun 6
a Dutch Golden Age architect. Post was the son of the architect Pieter Post, and was probably his assistant, as he took over his father's projects when he died in 1669, and continued working in the neo-classical style. He worked in Siegen, The Hague, Dieren, Honselersdijk, Soestdijk, and Zuilenstein. He became the architect for Stadtholder William III of Ora...
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Pieter Jansz Post

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1608, May 11669, Apr/May
He is credited with the creation of the Dutch baroque style of architecture, along with his longtime collaborator Jacob van Campen. According to the RKD he became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke in 1623, and became painter and architect for Stadhouder Frederik Hendrik.
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Andrea Pozzo

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1642, Nov 301709, Aug 31
an Italian Jesuit Brother, Baroque painter and architect, decorator, stage designer, and art theoretician. Pozzo was best known for his grandiose frescoes using illusionistic technique called quadratura, in which architecture and fancy are intermixed. His masterpiece is the nave ceiling of the Church of Sant'Ignazio in Rome. Through his techniques, he has be...
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Jakob Prandtauer

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1660, Jul 161680s-17261726, Sep 16
an Austrian Baroque architect. Trained as a stonemason rather than as an architect, he designed and supervised the construction of the church of Melk Abbey, in Melk, Lower Austria. He was the uncle of Josef Munggenast, who inherited his business and continued his style.
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Francesco Primaticcio

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1504, Apr 301530s-1570s1570
an Italian Mannerist painter, architect and sculptor who spent most of his career in France. Together with Rosso Fiorentino he was one of the leading artists to work at the Chateau Fontainebleau (where he is grouped with the so-called "First School of Fontainebleau") spending much of his life there. Primaticcio's crowded Mannerist compositions and his long-l...
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Jan Provoost

aka: Jean Provost, Jan Provost
borndied
1462/651529, Jan
a Belgian painter born in Wallonië (Mons). He was one of the most famous Netherlandish painters of his generation. He was a prolific master who left his early workshop in Valenciennes to run two workshops, one in Bruges, where he was made a burgher in 1494, the other simultaneously in Antwerp, which was the economic center of the Low Countries. Provost was ...
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Pierre Paul Puget

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1620, Oct 161634-16881694, Dec 2
a French painter, sculptor, architect and engineer. He was born in Marseille. At the age of fourteen he carved the ornaments of the galleys built in the shipyards of his native city, and at sixteen the decoration and construction of a ship were entrusted to him. Soon after he went to Italy on foot, and was well received at Rome by Pietro da Cortona, who took...
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Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

aka: A.W.N.
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1812, May 11825-18521852, Sep 14
an English architect, designer, artist and critic, chiefly remembered for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style; his work culminated in the interior design of the Palace of Westminster. Pugin designed many churches in England, and some in Ireland and Australia.
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