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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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Joseph Hansom

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1803, Oct 261882, jun 29
a prolific English architect working principally in the Gothic Revival style. He invented the Hansom cab and founded the eminent architectural journal, The Builder, in 1843. He took a post as assistant to John Oates and there befriended Edward Welch, with whom he formed his first architectural partnership in 1828. On 23 December 1834 he registered the design...
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Jules Hardouin-Mansart

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1646, Apr 161670s-17031708, May 11
a French architect whose work is generally considered to be the apex of French Baroque architecture, representing the power and grandeur of Louis XIV. Hardouin-Mansart was one of the most important European architects of the seventeenth century. Born Jules Hardouin in Paris, he studied under his renowned great-uncle François Mansart, one of the originators ...
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Philip Hardwick

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1792, Jun 151819-18571870, Dec 28
an English architect, particularly associated with railway stations and warehouses in London and elsewhere. Hardwick is probably best known for London's demolished Euston Arch and its twin station Birmingham Curzon Street, which stands today as the oldest railway terminus in the world.
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Philip Charles Hardwick

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18221847-1870s1892
an English architect. Philip Charles Hardwick was born in Westminster in London, the son of the architect Philip Hardwick (1792–1870) and grandson of architect Thomas Hardwick (junior) (1752–1825). Hardwick trained under his father and also Edward Blore. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy between 1848 and 1854. His best known work was the Great ...
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Thomas Hardwick

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17521829
a British architect and a founding member of the Architects' Club in 1791. The Hardwicks were one of the finest architectural families during the 19th century. In 1769, aged 17, he enrolled at the new Royal Academy Schools, where he studied architecture under Sir William Chambers, for whom he later worked during the construction of Somerset House. During his...
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Peter Harrison

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17161747-17721775
a colonial American architect who was born in York, England and emigrated to Rhode Island. Peter Harrison returned to England between 1743 and 1745 and received his formal training as an architect under the direction of one of the English Lords who had dedicated themselves to the training of architects through private studio-schools using pattern books, gran...
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Nicholas Hawksmoor

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1661 ca1679-17361736, Mar 25
an English architect. He was a leading figure of the English Baroque style of architecture in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. Hawksmoor worked alongside the principal architects of the time, Christopher Wren and John Vanbrugh, and contributed to the design of some of the most notable buildings of the period, including St Paul's Cathedral...
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Juan de Herrera

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15301561-15891597, Jan 15
a Spanish architect, mathematician and geometrician. One of the most outstanding Spanish architects in the 16th century, Herrera represents the peak of the Renaissance in Spain. His sober style was fully developed in buildings like the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The Herrerian style was named after him, and was representative of the architecture...
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Francisco Herrera the Younger

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16221650s-16851685, Aug 25
a Spanish painter and architect. He excelled in still life. He already painted bodegones, fish so cleverly done that the Romans called him lo Spagnuolo dei pesci ("the Spaniard of the Fish"). In 1656 he returned to Seville, founded the Seville Academy, and in 1660 became its sub-director under Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
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Gustav Friedrich Hetsch

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1788, Sep 281815-18571864, Sep 7
a Danish architect of German origin. Though most of his accomplishments were in the area of decorative art, Hetsch also designed the Great Synagogue (1833) and St. Ansgar's Church (1842) in Copenhagen. In parallel with his duties at the academy he held several other positions, including that of artistic director of the Royal Porcelain Factory (1828–1857).
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Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt

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1668, Nov 141696-17451745, Nov 16
an Austrian baroque architect and military engineer who designed stately buildings and churches and whose work had a profound influence on the architecture of the Habsburg Empire in the eighteenth century.
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James Hoban

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1758 ca1779-18291831, Dec 8
an Irish architect, best known for designing the White House in Washington, D.C. He excelled in his studies and received the prestigious Duke of Leinster's medal for drawings of "Brackets, Stairs, and Roofs." from the Dublin Society in 1780. Later, Hoban found a position as an apprentice to Ivory, from 1779 to 1785. Following the American Revolutionary War, ...
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Robert Hooke

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1635, Jul 181703, Mar 3
an English natural philosopher, architect and polymath. His adult life comprised three distinct periods: as a scientific inquirer lacking money; achieving great wealth and standing through his reputation for hard work and scrupulous honesty following the great fire of 1666, but eventually becoming ill and party to jealous intellectual disputes. These issues ...
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William Hosking

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1800, Nov 261820s-18611861, Aug 2
an English writer, lecturer, and architect who had an important influence on the growth and development of London in Victorian times. Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA)
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