An architect is a person who designs buildings. They design how the building is going to look, both inside and outside, but also the infrastructure of the building and how the building will be used. To practice architecture means to engage with the spatial practices that make up our lives, and work to create buildings that serve a purpose in the best way possible.

Today, the most well known global architects are often referred to as 'starchitects'—architects who have received international renown for their style of design. They have often constructed many buildings globally, and are commissioned for new feature buildings such as National Museums, or sports stadiums.  These architects are akin to celebrities, they are often well known, rich and powerful.

What do architects do?

Architects play an active role in the creation of a building, but their everyday responsibilities constantly change depending on the type of firm they work for, location, and experience level. Architects often work with plan and elevation drawings that play an active role in the construction of a building.

What is modern architecture?

Modern architecture is the architectural movement based itself on innovative and new technologies of construction with the emphasis on materials such as glass, steel, and reinforced concrete. The architecture created during the movement enforced the idea that form should follow its function, embrace minimalism, and reject any ornamentation.

Why do architects wear black?

Architects wear black because it is a neutral color that is easy to pair with other colors and put outfits together. The color black also makes a person look refined and allows architects to be in suitable attire for different settings. Black is also worn by architects as to not distract from their work.

Architects Guides
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5’9” | 1.75 m (Estimated)
October 2, 1974
Bjarke Ingels
175.000
1974.00
43000
3D
Bjarke Ingels
5’5” | 1.65 m
July 12, 1895
Buckminster Fuller
165.000
1895.00
35000
3D
Buckminster Fuller
5’9” | 1.75 m (Estimated)
September 22, 1966
David Adjaye
175.000
1966.00
14000
3D
David Adjaye
5’7" | 1.70 m (Portrayed)
August 9, 1878
Eileen Gray
170.000
1878.00
25000
3D
Eileen Gray
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
April 10, 1965
Francis Kéré
178.000
1965.00
5100
3D
Francis Kéré
5’4” | 1.63 m (Estimated)
February 28, 1929
Frank Gehry
163.000
1929.00
106000
3D
Frank Gehry
5’7” | 1.70 m
June 8, 1867
Frank Lloyd Wright
170.000
1867.00
224000
3D
Frank Lloyd Wright
5’9” | 1.75 m
May 4, 1916
Jane Jacobs
175.000
1916.00
18000
3D
Jane Jacobs
5’6” | 1.68 m (Estimated)
March 19, 1964
Jeanne Gang
168.000
1964.00
6800
3D
Jeanne Gang
5’3” | 1.60 m (Estimated)
October 29, 1956
Kazuyo Sejima
160.000
1956.00
9400
3D
Kazuyo Sejima
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 6, 1887
Le Corbusier
173.000
1887.00
200000
3D
Le Corbusier
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
April 15, 1452
Leonardo da Vinci
173.000
1452.00
232000
3D
Leonardo da Vinci
5’4” | 1.63 m (Estimated)
December 5, 1914
Lina Bo Bardi
163.000
1914.00
31000
3D
Lina Bo Bardi
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
June 17, 1954
Liz Diller
173.000
1954.00
6600
3D
Liz Diller
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
March 27, 1886
Mies van der Rohe
173.000
1886.00
85000
3D
Mies van der Rohe
5’3” | 1.60 m (Estimated)
February 6, 1976
Neri Oxman
160.000
1976.00
47000
3D
Neri Oxman
5’9” | 1.75 m (Estimated)
June 1, 1935
Norman Foster
175.000
1935.00
86000
3D
Norman Foster
5’5” | 1.65 m (Estimated)
December 15, 1907
Oscar Niemeyer
165.000
1907.00
81000
3D
Oscar Niemeyer
6’3” | 1.91 m (Estimated)
April 26, 1943
Peter Zumthor
191.000
1943.00
43000
3D
Peter Zumthor
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
July 8, 1906
Philip Johnson
178.000
1906.00
24000
3D
Philip Johnson
6’3” | 1.91 m (Estimated)
November 17, 1944
Rem Koolhaas
191.000
1944.00
39000
3D
Rem Koolhaas
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
August 5, 1957
Shigeru Ban
178.000
1957.00
19000
3D
Shigeru Ban
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
September 13, 1941
Tadao Ando
173.000
1941.00
63000
3D
Tadao Ando
6’3” | 1.91 m (Estimated)
January 19, 1944
Thom Mayne
191.000
1944.00
4300
3D
Thom Mayne
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 31, 1950
Zaha Hadid
173.000
1950.00
376000
3D
Zaha Hadid
Kazuyo Sejima
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Kazuyo Sejima in relation to other architects

Kazuyo Sejima is a Japanese architect. She is known for her clean, minimal and elegant modernist inspired designs. She uses a lot of glass and marble in her work, and her buildings incorporate the exterior surroundings with the design of the building.  She is known for numerous residential and commercial buildings across Japan, and mainly in Tokyo. Her work overturns traditional models of the nuclear family home, challenging the ways in which people use the spaces they live in. She has won several prizes for her work, included the esteemed Pritzker Architectural Prize in 2010.

Kazuyo Sejima has an estimated height of 5’3” (1.60 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Set of illustrations of Kazuyo Sejima in various poses dimensioned with overall height
Kazuyo Sejima is a Japanese architect known for her clean, minimal and elegant modernist inspired designs. She uses a lot of glass and marble in her work, and her buildings incorporate the exterior surroundings with the design of the building. She won the Pritzker Architectural Prize in 2010.

Kazuyo Sejima has an estimated height of 5’3” (1.60 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Set of illustrations of Kazuyo Sejima in various poses dimensioned with overall height
Kazuyo Sejima
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5’3” | 1.60 m (Estimated)
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October 29, 1956

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Kazuyo Sejima front, side (fashion), side, front (sitting)

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Thom Mayne
Size comparison drawings of Thom Mayne comparing the heights of other related architects

Thom Mayne is an American architect. He began his architectural career by founding the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972. SCI-Arc was initially conceived as an experimental school which focuses on addressing the social and political issues of architectural design and urban space. Mayne is also the principal architect of Morphosis, based in Culver City, which he co-founded in 1972. Recent commissions include graduate housing at the University of Toronto, the San Francisco Federal Building and the University of Cincinnati Student Recreation Center. Thom Mayne was the 2005 recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Thom Mayne has an estimated height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Thom Mayne with height measurements
Thom Mayne is an American architect. He began his architectural career by founding the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972. SCI-Arc was initially conceived as an experimental school which focuses on addressing the social and political issues of architectural design.

Thom Mayne has an estimated height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Thom Mayne with height measurements
Thom Mayne
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6’3” | 1.91 m (Estimated)
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Nationality: United States

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Birthday
January 19, 1944

Drawings include:
Thom Mayne elevations (assorted)

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Jeanne Gang
Size comparison drawings of Jeanne Gang comparing the heights of other related architects

Jeanne Gang is a leading American architect. She founded Studio Gang, her architectural practice, in 1997 which operates from several offices across the US. She lives and works in Chicago and is currently an architecture professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is known for the Aqua Tower in downtown Chicago, which is the highest woman-built tower in the world (soon to be out built by another of her designs, Vista Tower, nearby).

Studio Gang is working on several large-scale projects, including the new Arkansas Art Center, and the O’Hare airport in Chicago. In 2018, she attained the status of International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Jeanne Gang has an estimated height of 5’6” (1.68 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Collection of drawings of Jeanne Gang measured with overall height
Jeanne Gang is a leading American architect. She founded Studio Gang, her architectural practice, in 1997 which operates from several offices across the US, but mainly in Chicago. She is known for the Aqua Tower in downtown Chicago, which is the highest woman-built tower in the world.

Jeanne Gang has an estimated height of 5’6” (1.68 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Collection of drawings of Jeanne Gang measured with overall height
Jeanne Gang
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5’6” | 1.68 m (Estimated)
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March 19, 1964

Drawings include:
Jeanne Gang front, front (presenting), front (sitting)

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Diébédo Francis Kéré
Size comparison drawings of Francis Kéré comparing the heights of other related architects

Diébédo Francis Kéré is a Burkinabé architect whose work is characterized by a focus on buildings that serve local communities while also utilizing indigenous materials in the innovative ways. Born in the small village of Gando in Burkina Faso, Kéré learned carpentry at an early age before studying architecture at the Technical University of Berlin. Throughout his time in Europe, Kéré remained passionate about providing opportunities and support to his community back in Gando with his first building, the Gang Primary School, which would be recognized and awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004. Francis Kéré won the esteemed Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2022 becoming the first African architect to win the top prize in the profession.

Francis Kéré has an estimated height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Francis Kéré with height measurements
Diébédo Francis Kéré is a Burkinabé architect whose work is characterized by a focus on buildings that serve local communities while also utilizing indigenous materials in the innovative ways. Born in the village of Gando in Burkina Faso, Kéré learned carpentry at an early age before architecture.

Francis Kéré has an estimated height of 5’10” (1.78 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Francis Kéré with height measurements
Diébédo Francis Kéré
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Nationality: Burkina Faso

Given Name
Diébédo Francis Kéré
Birthday
April 10, 1965

Drawings include:
Francis Kéré elevations (assorted)

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Eileen Gray
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Eileen Gray in relation to other architects

Eileen Gray, Kathleen Eileen Moray Smith, was an Anglo-Irish architect and furniture designer, known for becoming a pioneer for women in the Modern Movement in architecture and design. Throughout the span of her career, she worked with various European artists like Kathleen Scott, Adrienne Gorska, Le Corbusier, and Jean Badovici.

Eileen Gray received no formal training as an architect, but designed two houses in the Alpes Maritimes which are considered the purest examples of domestic architecture. Eileen Gray made valuable contributions to the modernist movement through her furniture design work which created a voice for women in architecture. Eileen Gray passed on October 31st in 1976.

Eileen Gray had an estimated height of 5’7" (1.70 m) based on her portrayal by actress Orla Brady in 'The Price of Desire (2015)'.

Collection of drawings of Eileen Gray measured with overall height
Eileen Gray, Kathleen Eileen Moray Smith, was an Anglo-Irish architect and furniture designer, known for becoming a pioneer for women in the Modern Movement in architecture and design. Throughout the span of her career, she worked with various European artists and architects.

Eileen Gray had an estimated height of 5’7" (1.70 m) based on her portrayal by actress Orla Brady in 'The Price of Desire (2015)'.

Collection of drawings of Eileen Gray measured with overall height
Eileen Gray
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5’7" | 1.70 m (Portrayed)
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Death: October 31, 1976 (aged 98)

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Birthday
August 9, 1878

Drawings include:
Eileen Gray front (looking), front, front (sitting)

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