List of French architects

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The following is a chronological list of French architects. Some of their major architectural works are listed after each name.

Middle Ages[edit]

Étienne de Bonneuil (late 13th century)

Jean de Chelles (13th century)

Pierre de Montreuil (c. 1200–1266)

Matthias of Arras (?–1352)

Villard de Honnecourt (14th century) – architecture plans

Renaissance to Revolution[edit]

Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau (c. 1510–c. 1585)

  • Important book of architectural engravings

Philibert Delorme (or De L'Orme) (1510/1515–1570)

Pierre Lescot (1515–1578)

Jean Baptiste Androuet du Cerceau (c. 1545–1590)

Jacques Androuet II du Cerceau (c. 1550–1614)

  • Galerie du Louvre
  • Pavillon de Flore (Tuileries)

Salomon de Brosse (1575–1626)

Jean Androuet du Cerceau (1585–1649)

Jacques Lemercier (1585–1654) – active for Richelieu

François Mansart (1598–1666)

Louis Le Vau (1612–1670)

Claude Perrault (1613–1688) – responsible for establishing French classicism

Libéral Bruant (c. 1636–1697)

Jules Hardouin Mansart (Jules Hardouin; he adopted the name Mansart in 1668) (1646–1708) – responsible for the massive expansion of the palace of Versailles into a permanent royal residence.

Robert de Cotte (1656–1735) – brother-in-law of J.H. Mansart, whom he assisted on numerous projects

Ange-Jacques Gabriel (1698–1782) – responsible for rococo constructions at Versailles

Jacques-Germain Soufflot (1713–1780)

  • The Panthéon (called the Eglise Sainte Geneviève) (1756–1780)
Palais-Royal entrance front by Moreau-Desproux

Joseph Brousseau (1733–1797)

Pierre-Louis Moreau-Desproux (1727–1793)

  • Rue St. Honoré facade of the Palais-Royal in Paris (1770)

Étienne-Louis Boullée (1728–1799)

Claude Nicolas Ledoux (1736–1806) – famous for his mathematical neoclassicism.

Jean-Jacques Lequeu (1757–1826)

Revolution to World War II[edit]

Henri Labrouste (1801–1875) – famous for his use of steel

Victor Baltard (1805–1874) – famous for his use of steel and glass

Garnier's Paris Opera

Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814–1879) – important theoretician of the 19th-century Gothic revival

Charles Garnier (1825–1898) – celebrated architect of the Second Empire

Clair Tisseur (1827–1896), Romanesque Revival architect and designer

François Spoerry (1912–1999)

Eugène Vallin (1856–1922) – Art nouveau architect, member of the École de Nancy

Lucien Weissenburger (1860–1929) – Art nouveau architect, member of the École de Nancy

Hector Guimard (1867–1942) – Art nouveau architect and designer

Émile André (1871–1933) – Art nouveau architect, urbanist and artist, member of the École de Nancy

Auguste Perret (1874–1954) and his brothers Claude and Gustave – important for the first use of reinforced concrete

Paul Tournon (1881–1964)

Robert Mallet-Stevens (1886–1945) – modernist architect influenced by Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) (1887–1965)

Léon Azéma (1888–1978) – appointed Architect of the City of Paris in 1928

Eugène Beaudouin (1898–1983) – influential use of prefabricated elements

Jean Prouvé (1901–1984) – international style/Bauhaus-inspired

Post World War II[edit]

Montreal's Olympic Stadium by Roger Taillibert

Christian de Portzamparc (born 1944)

Henry Bernard (1912–94)

Jean Nouvel (born 1945)

Jean-Marie Charpentier

Michel Mossessian

Roger Taillibert

Michel Pinseau

Philippe Ameller and Jacques Dubois

Florent Nédélec, DPLG

See also[edit]