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.

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Tadao Ando
Set of illustrations of Tadao Ando in various poses dimensioned with overall height

Tadao Ando is a Japanese architect. Self-taught, he established his own architectural firm in 1968 entitled Tadao Ando Architects and Associates. Ando is known for his sparse but elegant designs that focus on space and light, often taking their direction from the exterior landscape.

One of his early commissions, Azuma House, is a concrete building in Osaka made without exterior windows and only an interior courtyard for light. Some of his other well-known work includes his housing complex at Rokko and the Kujo townhouse, also in Osaka. In 1995 he won the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Tadao Ando has an estimated height of 5'8" (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Tadao Ando is a Japanese architect. Self-taught, he established his own architectural firm in 1968 entitled Tadao Ando Architects and Associates. Ando is known for his sparse but elegant designs that focus on space and light, often taking their direction from the exterior landscape.

Tadao Ando has an estimated height of 5'8" (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Tadao Ando
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Birthday
September 13, 1941

Drawings include:
Tadao Ando front, side (formal), side (casual), sitting (casual)

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Drawings of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in a range of positions labeled with overall height

Mies Van der Rohe is considered one of the most important architects of the twentieth century and a pioneer of modern architecture. He was the last director of the Bauhaus- one of the leading schools of modern design- before fleeing Germany to escape the Nazis. Van der Rohe is known for his architectural style which incorporates free flowing interior space, the use of glass and steel sheets, and minimal decoration.

Some of his best-known buildings include the Barcelona pavilion, Chicago federal centre, and the National Gallery in Berlin. Mies Van der Rohe also co-designed several pieces of furniture, which are now considered design classics.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had an estimated height of 5’8” (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Mies Van der Rohe is considered one of the most important architects of the twentieth century and a pioneer of modern architecture. He was the last director of the Bauhaus. Van der Rohe is known for his architectural style which emphasizes flowing interior space and the use of glass and steel.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had an estimated height of 5’8” (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

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Death: August 17, 1969 (aged 83)

Birthday
March 27, 1886

Drawings include:
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe front, side, side (blueprints), side (sitting MR Side Chair)

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Eileen Gray
Collection of drawings of Eileen Gray measured with overall height

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)'.

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)'.

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Death: October 31, 1976 (aged 98)

Birthday
August 9, 1878

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

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Norman Foster
Collection of drawings of Norman Foster measured with overall height

Norman Foster is one of the world’s leading architects. After attending Yale School of Architecture, he founded his own architectural firm in 1967, and became a leading designer of commercial and office buildings. His work includes; 30 St Mary Axe - more commonly known as The Gherkin - in London: the restored Reichstag in Berlin: the HSBC building in Hong Kong; and the Hearst Tower in New York City.

In 2012, Norman Foster was selected – as a leading cultural figure- to be on an up-to-date reimagining of artist Peter Blake’s famous album cover for The Beatles (Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band).

Norman Foster has an estimated height of 5’9” (1.75 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Norman Foster is one of the world’s leading architects. After attending Yale School of Architecture, he founded his own architectural firm in 1967, and became a leading designer of commercial and office buildings. His work includes; The Gherkin, the restored Reichstag, and the HSBC Hong Kong.

Norman Foster has an estimated height of 5’9” (1.75 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Norman Foster
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Birthday
June 1, 1935

Drawings include:
Norman Foster front, side, side (walking), side (sitting)

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Elizabeth Diller
Set of illustrations of Elizabeth Diller in various poses dimensioned with overall height

Elizabeth Diller is one of the world’s leading architects. She cofounded Diller Scofidio +Renfro in 1979 and is mostly known for her designs of cultural spaces. Her work includes the High Line and the new MoMa expansion in New York, The Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She is considered one of the most powerful female architects in the world and was included in Times Magazine 2018 most influential people, as the only architect. She is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University.

Elizabeth Diller has an estimated height of 5’8” (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Elizabeth Diller is one of the world’s leading architects. She cofounded Diller Scofidio +Renfro in 1979 and is mostly known for her designs of cultural spaces. Her work includes the High Line and the new MoMa expansion in New York, The Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the ICA in Boston.

Elizabeth Diller has an estimated height of 5’8” (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Elizabeth Diller
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June 17, 1954

Drawings include:
Elizabeth Diller front, front (thinking), side (fashion), side (sitting)

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