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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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Ange-Jacques Gabriel

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1698, Oct 231728-17771782, Jan 4
the most prominent French architect of his generation. His sober rationality in planning and detail promoted the transition from Rococo to Neoclassicism. For forty years, Gabriel supplied all designs not only for exterior construction and also for the constant remodeling of interiors at Versailles. His Petit Trianon at Versailles is one of the gems of French...
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Lorenzo Gafa

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16381661-16991703
a Maltese baroque architect. He worked on the church of St. Paul, Rabat (1664–1683); Sarria church in Floriana in 1676 and the Carmelite church, in Mdina (1668–1672) and had worked on various structures in Valletta by 1680. He designed a great number of other cathedrals in the 1680s and 1690s such as St. Catherine in ?ejtun beginning in 1692 and in 1699 ...
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Jean Gamel

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unknown1610s-1620sunknown
The fort of Mardyck was constructed in 1622 by architect Jean Gamel


Charles Garnier

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1825, Nov 61848-18951898, Aug 3
a French architect, perhaps best known as the architect of the Palais Garnier and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Garnier's works represent a Neo-Baroque-inspired style, popular during the Beaux-Arts period in France. He was influenced by the Italianate styles of Renaissance artisans such as Palladio, Sansovino, and Michelangelo, perhaps the result of his many vi...
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Jean Goujon

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1510 ca1541-15621565 ca
a French Renaissance sculptor and architect. His most famous works are the sculptural decorations made in collaboration with Lescot for the western extension of the Louvre, 1555-62. A fine representative of Mannerism in France, Goujon's figures are elongated, sensual and fluid; his drapery work reveals knowledge of Greek sculpture, though certainly not at fi...
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Guarino Guarini

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1624, Jan 71648-16831683, Mar 6
an Italian architect of the Piedmontese Baroque and Theatine priest, mathematician, and writer. He wrote four mathematical books in both Latin and Italian, of which Euclides adauctus is a work on descriptive geometry. In 1665, he published a mathematical-philosophical tract Placita Philosophica defending the geocentric universe against more
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John Gwynn

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17131749-17811786, Feb 28
an English architect and civil engineer, who became one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768. He advocated greater control over planning in London, for which he produced detailed suggestions. His buildings include Magdalen Bridge and the Covered Market in Oxford, and several bridges over the River Severn.
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