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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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Giuseppe Jappelli

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1783, May 141819-18421852, May 8
an Italian neoclassic architect and engineer who was born and died in Venice. He studied at the Clementine Academy in Bologna. In 1836–7, he traveled to France and England, an experience that would be formative on his career as a park architect. His best-known work is the Pedrocchi Café in Padua.
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Nicolas-Henri Jardin

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1720, Mar 221738-17931799, Aug 31
a neoclassical architect, was born in St. Germain des Noyers, Dept. Seine-et-Marne, France, and worked seventeen years in Denmark as an architect to the royal court. He introduced neoclassicism to Denmark.
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Thomas Jefferson

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1743, Apr 21767-18241826, Jul 4
an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and the third President of the United States (1801–1809). He was an ardent proponent of democracy and embraced the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he represented Virginia in the Continental ...
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Sir Horace Jones

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1819, May 201843-18871887, May 21
an English architect particularly noted for his work as Architect and Surveyor to the City of London from 1864 until his death. In 1843 he commenced practice as an architect at 16 Furnival's Inn, Holborn. Beginning with Cardiff Town Hall (c. 1850-53) and Caversham Park (from c. 1850), he designed and carried out many buildings of importance, soon concentrati...
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Inigo Jones

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1573, Jul 151603-16461652, Jun 21
the first significant English architect of the early modern period, and the first to employ Vitruvian rules of proportion and symmetry in his buildings
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Juan de Juni

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1507 ca1533-1570s1577
a French–Spanish sculptor, who also worked as a painter and architect. He was born in Joigny, France, but began working in Italy, where he was first employed. In 1533 he went to live in León and Medina de Rioseco before moving to Valladolid in 1540. He was best known as a religious sculptor who incorporated great emotion into his figures.
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Richard Jupp

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17281755-17991799, Apr 17
an 18th-century English architect, particularly associated with buildings in and around London. He served for many years (c. 1755 – 1799) as surveyor to the British East India Company.
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Filippo Juvarra

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1678, Mar 71705-17361736, Jan 31
an Italian architect and stage set designer, active in a late-Baroque style. In 1708 he created his first important non-theatrical architectural work, and the only one realized in Rome.
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