8. David Childs
David Childs was born in 1941 in Princeton, New Jersey. Childs is chairman emeritus of historic architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Initially, Childs majored in Zoology but changed his mind and enrolled at Yale School of Architecture where he majored in design, graduating with a master’s degree in 1967. Childs then authored many famous projects like 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue and the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington D.C., 450 Lexington Avenue in New York, and the Embassy of the United States in Ottawa, Canada. In 1975 he served on the planning commission for the National Mall and helped to maintain the city’s impressive monuments and beautiful design. Today, Childs is best known for designing the new One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. It is now the tallest building in the western hemisphere.