16. Moshe Safdie
A native of Haifa, Israel, Moshe Safdie is a citizen of three countries: Israel, America, and Canada. He wears several hats which include being an architect, urban designer, theorist, educator, and author. His worked are characterized by dramatic curves, use of windows and geometric blocks, and the strategic placement of green and open spaces. One of his most renowned works is an iconic masterpiece called Habitat 67 that he built in Montreal, Canada. Habitat 67 is a community and housing complex which he conceived when he wrote his master’s thesis in architecture while studying at McGill University. He then built it as an actual pavilion for Expo 67. This fascinating network of interconnected blocks paved the way for his successful career.