Le Corbusier

Le Corbousier

Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris 6 October 1887; La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died August 1965 (aged 77); Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
Nationality Swiss, French
Occupation Architect
Awards AIA Gold Medal (1961), Grand Officiers of the Légion d'honneur (1964)
Buildings Villa Savoye, Poissy; Villa La Roche, Paris; Unité d'habitation, Marseille; Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp; Buildings in Chandigarh, India
Projects Ville Radieuse

Le Corbusier is perhaps the 20th century's most influential architect, responsible for persuading us of the merits of modern design on a grand scale. His work was at points hugely beautiful and accomplished, and at others, terrifying and extremely unhelpful. He belonged to the first generation of the so-called International school of architecture, which promoted such characteristics as clean geometric forms and open efficient spaces. You ca see the video Art Archictecture by clicking here.


Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (6 October 1887 – 27 August 1965), known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five decades, and he designed buildings in Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America.


Dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities, Le Corbusier was influential in urban planning, and was a founding member of the Congrès International d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM). Le Corbusier prepared the master plan for the city of Chandigarh in India, and contributed specific designs for several buildings there, specially the government buildings.


On 17 July 2016, seventeen projects by Le Corbusier in seven countries were inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement.