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

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

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

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

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

Montreal's Olympic Stadium by Roger Taillibert

Christian de Portzamparc (born 1944)

Jean Nouvel (born 1945)

Jean-Marie Charpentier

Michel Mossessian

Roger Taillibert

Michel Pinseau

Kaveh N. Salami

Philippe Ameller & Jacques Dubois

Florent Nédélec, DPLG

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