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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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William Kent

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1685 ca1709-17431748, Apr 12
An eminent English architect, landscape architect and furniture designer of the early 18th century. Kent introduced the Palladian style of architecture into England with the villa at Chiswick House, and for originating the 'natural' style of gardening known as the English landscape garden at Chiswick, Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, and Rousham House in Oxfo...
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Abdallah Khan

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a Persian painter and architect, active between 1810 and 1850 in Tehran. He received his apprenticeship in the royal workshops. In 1839, he was appointed by the King of Persia, Mohammad Shah Qajar (d. 1848), as painter laureate, court architect and supervisor of the royal workshops. Khan's best known work is a mural covering three internal walls of the Nigar...
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Wolf Caspar von Klengel

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1630, Jun 81691, Jan 10
a German architect in Saxony. Klengel was born in Dresden, the second son of Caspar Klengel. He built in Dresden the first opera house, the Opernhaus am Taschenberg, and in 1672 the chapel of Schloss Moritzburg, among others.
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Leo von Klenze

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1784, Feb 291808-1840s1864, Jan 26
a German neoclassicist architect, painter and writer. Court architect of Bavarian King Ludwig I, Leo von Klenze was one of the most prominent representatives of Greek revival style. In many of his paintings ancient buildings were depicted. Those served as models for his own architectural projects. Klenze studied ancient architecture during his travels to Ita...
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Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff

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a painter and architect in Prussia. Knobelsdorff was influenced as an architect by French Baroque Classicism and by Palladian architecture. With his interior design and the backing of the king, he created the basis for the Frederician Rococo style at Rheinsberg, which was the residence of the crown prince and later monarch. Already at 16 years of age he part...
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