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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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Kolyu Ficheto

aka: Nikola Fichev
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18001836-18761881
a Bulgarian National Revival architect, builder and sculptor. Some of his notable works include the Byala Bridge over the Yantra River close to Byala (1865-1867), the Covered Bridge in Lovech over the Osam (1872-1874), churches in his native town, as well as in Svishtov (Church of the Holy Trinity, 1867) and Veliko Tarnovo (1844), where he also designed a nu...
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Johann Michael Fischer

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1692, Feb 181714-17661766, May 6
a German architect in the late Baroque period. He studied in Bohemia and combined Bohemian elements with Bavarian Baroque traditions. He often co-operated with the most gifted Bavarian artists of his time. Fischer designed 32 churches and 23 monasteries in southern Germany.
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Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach

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1656, Jul 201671-17231723, Apr 5
an Austrian architect, sculptor, and architectural historian whose Baroque architecture profoundly influenced and shaped the tastes of the Habsburg Empire. His influential book A Plan of Civil and Historical Architecture (1721) was one of the first and most popular comparative studies of world architecture. His major works include Schönbrunn Palace, Karlski...
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Pietro Paolo Floriani

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1585, Apr 261608-16381638, May 27
an Italian engineer and architect who designed many military and theatrical buildings. He had an adventurous life and a multifaceted personality as he was also a man of arms and a literary figure. Floriani is a key figure in his native town of Macerata and throughout the region of the Marche due to his multifaceted personality which is revealed in two of his...
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Pierre François Leonard Fontaine

aka: Pierre-François-Léonard
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1762, Sep 201794-18531853, Oct 10
a neoclassical French architect, interior decorator and designer. Starting in 1794 Fontaine worked in such close partnership with Charles Percier, originally his friend from student days, that it is difficult to distinguish their work. Together they were inventors and major proponents of the rich and grand, consciously archaeological versions of neoclassicis...
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John Frazee

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1790, Jul 181820s-18501852, Feb 24
an American sculptor and architect. The Smithsonian has a collection of many of his sculptures as well as paintings of Frazee by other artists including Asher B. Durand and Henry Colton Shumway. In 1826, he helped found the National Academy of Design.
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Charles James Freake

aka: 1st Baronet
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1814, Apr 71884, Oct 6
an English architect and builder, responsible for many famous 19th-century facades in west London, including Eaton Square and Onslow Square. From humble beginnings and apprenticeship as a carpenter, he became a master builder, patron of the arts — especially music — and a philanthropist.
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