Antonio Gaudì

Born in 1852, to his parents Francesc Gaudí i Serra and Antònia Cornet i Bertran, Antonio Gaudì was encouraged to draw at an early age. He learned to love nature during the summers he spent as his family's home in Mas de la Calderera. When he was 16, he moved from his hometown, Reus, to Barcelona to learn to be an educator. When he was 23 he embarked on three years of military service in the Infantry Regiment for Barcelona, though because of health reasons he did not fight in the Third Carlist War. His educational goals turned to architecture and he graduated from architecture school at 26. He took on projects like designing lampposts and wine cellars before designing his most famous works: Casa Batlló and Parc Güell. He died in 1926 after being hit by a tram.

Frank Gehry

In 1929 Frank Gehry was actually born Frank Owen Goldberg in Toronto. He was encouraged to draw and would make cities out of things he found in his father's hardware shop. He went to school for architecture at the University of Southern California and graduated in 1954 at age 25. Like Gaudì, Gehry also served in the army (though he served for the United States). He was married twice with two children from each marriage. His work was post-structuralist. He has won many awards, one being The Pritzker Prize for his work on the Todai-ji Buddhist Temple. He also designed the trophy for the World Cup of Hockey, Dancing House, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gehry is still living and making art to this day.

Le Corbusier

He was born in 1887 in a small city in Switzerland. He first studied art at La-Chaux-de-Fonds Art School. He liked to travel around and ended up in Vienna to study architecture. He then moved to Germany to work for Peter Behrens. During WWI, Le Corbusier went back to his roots and worked as a teacher for La-Chaux-de-Fonds Art School. Later Le Corbusier would open an architectural practice with his cousin. Le Corbusier was also a drawer and a writer. Amédée Ozenfant inspired him to practice painting and the two become leaders in the art movement of purism. In 1965 Le Corbusier died of a heart attack while swimming.

Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer was born in Brazil in 1907. After graduating school at age 21, Niemeyer married Annita Baldo and eventually had a daughter with her. He went back to school at Escola de Belas Artes and graduated with an engineering architecture degree. In 1992 he become president of the Brazilian Communist Party. He was then exiled to Europe where he spent time in the USSR. Niemeyer is famous for his modernist works in Brasília and for designing the United Nations Headquarters. Like Gehry, he was awarded The Pritzker Prize for his work on Cathedral of Brasília. He now lives back in Brazil.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Wright was born in Wisconsin in 1867. As a child, he was inspired to build when his mother bought him a set of blocks. When Wright was 14 his parents separated due to money issues. This left Frank Lloyd Wright as the primary provider of the household. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, but left before graduating. He moved to Chicago and worked as a draftsman for the Joseph Lyman Silsbee architectural firm. After working there for a while, he became an apprentice for Adler & Sullivan. During this time, he was married to Catherine Lee Tobin. He squandered his money and ended up taking on extra projects designing houses to supplement his income. Finally, he left the firms to start his own practice. Later in life, Wright would abandon his family when he fell in love with a married woman, Mamah Cheney. He would have other affairs after Mamah Cheney's death, ending with his third wife Olgivanna. Wright completed more than 500 designs and is famous for being at the forefront of the Prairie School movement. His death occurred in 1959 during intestinal surgery.