6. Ken Yeang
Ken Yeang is a Malaysian architect, author, and ecologist born in 1948 in Penang, Malaysia. He is known for his trademark green design plans and architecture. Yeang is a rare breed of very unique architects who practice ecology-based design and master planning. He has carried out extensive research and design in this field for more than 45 years. Yeang’s revolutionary green approach is best embodied in his statuesque building, the National Library of Singapore. It features two beautifully landscaped “skycourt gardens.” Yeang also built a bioclimatic skyscraper which shaped the way other architects design skyscrapers around the globe. Basically, rather than competing with nature Yeang uses the local vegetation and environment to drive design, but he also maintains that structures and buildings must appear attractive to onlookers and residents or they will be rejected. Yeang is the author of several books about ecological design and the Guardian newspaper named him as among the fifty people in the world who are capable of saving the planet Earth.