Like Father Like Son, 5 Legendary Duos Who Took Architecture by Storm


A father's deepest passions and strengths are often passed on to his children, which is especially true for children who choose to follow their father's career paths.

As we celebrate Father's Day, we admire the architectural dynasties who have given the field so much, including legendary buildings and distinct methods. Famous architects by the names of Frank Lloyd Wright and I. M. Pei left more than stunning buildings behind, they also raised children who can carry on their legacy of excellence.

I. M., Chieng Chun, and Li Chung Pei

The Louvre pyramid, designed by I. M. Pei

Now at age 100, Chinese-American architect, I. M. Pei, is one of the world's most revered architects. Recognizable for a modernist style with cubist themes, Pei's work includes the Suzhou Museum, Miho Museum, and the Louvre Pyramid, which he is best known for. Although he retired in 1990, Pei continued to consult for his two son's architectural firm, Pei Partnership Architects. While Pei is a legend, his son's have contributed such notable and sustainable works as the Bank of China tower and the master plan for University of California, Los Angeles.

See more photos of I. M., Chieng Chun, and Li Chung Pei's work.

Lewis and Steven Davis

National September 11 Memorial and Museum, designed by Steven Davis

As one of the founding members of New York architecture firm Davis Brody Bond, Lewis Davis is known for a distinct brutalist style and stunning apartment towers, which he had an affinity for creating. His son Steven Davis followed his father's path and is now a partner at the firm, which has completed such works as District of Columbia Public Library and National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

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Eliel and Eero Saarinen

TWA Terminal John Kennedy Airport, designed by Eero Saarinen

Known for art nouveau buildings, Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen's first major work was the Finnish pavilion at the World Fair of 1900. After earning second place in a competition to design Chicago's Tribune Tower, Eliel moved his career to the United States. Perhaps one of his most notable accomplishments is fathering Eero Saarinen, one of the most prominent American architects of the mid-20th century. Known for his neofuturistic style, Eero designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., and was also a talented furniture designer.

See more photos of Eliel and Eero Saarinen's work.

Frank and John Lloyd Wright

The Ennis House, designed by Frank and John Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright is often regarded as America's most well-known architect. His distinct Prairie Style is easily recognized through his most famous works, including Fallingwater and Robbie House. However, Wright's structures weren't his only gift to the industry, his son John Lloyd Wright continued to carry on the Wright name and legacy as an architect, and even invented Lincoln Logs in 1918 with his father.

See more photos of Frank and John Lloyd Wright's work.

Jacques V and Ange-Jacques Gabriel

Hotel Biron, designed by Jacques Gabriel

Ange-Jacques Gabriel was the most famous architect of the 18th century and principal assistant to his father, Jacques Gabriel, who held the position of Premier Architecte at Versailles from 1735. Ange went on to hold his father's role in 1742 and is known for Chateau de Choisy, Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux, and others.

See more photos of Jacques V and Ange-Jacques Gabriel's work.

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