Guðjón Samúelsson

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About Guðjón Samúelsson

Guðjón SamúelssonGuðjón Samúelsson (16 April 1887 – 25 April 1950) was a State Architect of Iceland.

Notable designs include main building of the University of Iceland, the National Theatre of Iceland, the Landakot Roman Catholic Cathedral in Reykjavík and the Church of Akureyri; however his final and most recognized work is the Hallgrímskirkja church, which was commissioned in 1937. Many of Guðjón Samúelsson ‘s designs were said to be inspired by the natural geology of Iceland, especially the basalt columns such as those at Svartifoss.

Guðjón Samúelsson is considered by many as the most famous architect from Iceland. He designed Héraðsskólinn in 1928 and has designed many other famous buildings in Iceland including Hallgrímskirkja, the church that rises above all else in downtown Reykjavik and the University of Iceland building. Amongst other things he left his desk to Héraðsskólinn, swing by to work on your drawings on the masters desk.