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From The Shard in London to Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the architects behind some of the world’s most renowned buildings have played a significant role in shaping our cities’ skylines—but which architect is the most popular? A new study from money.co.uk used Google search data to find the most searched for architects and architectural designs in more than 130 countries around the world.
Taking the top spot as the most-Googled architect in a whopping 84 countries is Zaha Hadid. Responsible for the stunning designs of some of the most iconic buildings around the world, Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA’s designs include the London Aquatics Center that was originally built for the London 2012 Olympics and has been described by The Guardian as the “most jaw-dropping municipal swimming pool in the world”; the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain; and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.
In second place is Le Corbusier with 15 countries searching for his work the most is the Swiss-French architect behind Poissy’s Villa Savoye and Notre Dame du Haut in Romchamp. Third place goes to American architect Frank Lloyd Wright as the most-searched-for in 11 countries. Over the span of his career, Lloyd Wright designed more than 1,000 structures over a creative period of 70 years, and his most notable works include the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Illinois’ Unity Temple, and Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.
Gustave Eiffel is the most-Googled architect in seven countries, coming in at fourth place on the list. His most notable structure is, of course, the Eiffel Tower, with construction beginning in Jan. 1887 and completed in Mar. 1889. Eiffel also worked on the Statue of Liberty, taking over from architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and modernizing the structure to withstand harsh New York weather conditions. Constructed in Paris, Lady Liberty was completed in 1883.