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.

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5’9” | 1.75 m (Estimated)
October 2, 1974
Bjarke Ingels
175.000
1974.00
8600
3D
Bjarke Ingels
5’5” | 1.65 m
July 12, 1895
Buckminster Fuller
165.000
1895.00
20000
3D
Buckminster Fuller
5’9” | 1.75 m (Estimated)
September 22, 1966
David Adjaye
175.000
1966.00
5000
3D
David Adjaye
5’7" | 1.70 m (Portrayed)
August 9, 1878
Eileen Gray
170.000
1878.00
2000
3D
Eileen Gray
5’4” | 1.63 m (Estimated)
February 28, 1929
Frank Gehry
163.000
1929.00
24000
3D
Frank Gehry
5’7” | 1.70 m
June 8, 1867
Frank Lloyd Wright
170.000
1867.00
96000
3D
Frank Lloyd Wright
5’9” | 1.75 m
May 4, 1916
Jane Jacobs
175.000
1916.00
9900
3D
Jane Jacobs
5’6” | 1.68 m (Estimated)
March 19, 1964
Jeanne Gang
168.000
1964.00
4100
3D
Jeanne Gang
5’3” | 1.60 m (Estimated)
October 29, 1956
Kazuyo Sejima
160.000
1956.00
1100
3D
Kazuyo Sejima
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 6, 1887
Le Corbusier
173.000
1887.00
20000
3D
Le Corbusier
5’4” | 1.63 m (Estimated)
December 5, 1914
Lina Bo Bardi
163.000
1914.00
2900
3D
Lina Bo Bardi
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
June 17, 1954
Liz Diller
173.000
1954.00
1100
3D
Liz Diller
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
March 27, 1886
Mies van der Rohe
173.000
1886.00
12000
3D
Mies van der Rohe
5’3” | 1.60 m (Estimated)
February 6, 1976
Neri Oxman
160.000
1976.00
18000
3D
Neri Oxman
5’9” | 1.75 m (Estimated)
June 1, 1935
Norman Foster
175.000
1935.00
5900
3D
Norman Foster
6’3” | 1.91 m (Estimated)
April 26, 1943
Peter Zumthor
191.000
1943.00
4700
3D
Peter Zumthor
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
July 8, 1906
Philip Johnson
178.000
1906.00
7000
3D
Philip Johnson
6’3” | 1.91 m (Estimated)
November 17, 1944
Rem Koolhaas
191.000
1944.00
6100
3D
Rem Koolhaas
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
September 13, 1941
Tadao Ando
173.000
1941.00
7800
3D
Tadao Ando
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 31, 1950
Zaha Hadid
173.000
1950.00
34000
3D
Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid
Set of illustrations of Zaha Hadid in various poses dimensioned with overall height

Zaha Hadid is considered one of the most important architects of the twenty-first century. Her work is immediately recognisable; she is known for her curving lines, fluid shapes and innovative use of new technology.

Some of her most famous buildings include the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, Vitra fire station in Germany and Italy’s National Art Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. This building won the 2010 Stirling Prize for Architecture, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. In 2004, Zaha Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She died in 2016.

Zaha Hadid had a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Zaha Hadid is considered one of the most important architects of the twenty-first century. Her work is immediately recognisable; she is known for her curving lines, fluid shapes and innovative use of new technology. In 2004, Zaha became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Zaha Hadid had a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Zaha Hadid
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Death: March 31, 2016 (aged 65)

Birthday
October 31, 1950

Drawings include:
Zaha Hadid front (jacket), front, side (fashion), front (sitting)

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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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5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
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Birthday
September 13, 1941

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

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Buckminster Fuller
Collection of drawings of Buckminster Fuller measured with overall height

Buckminster Fuller, Richard Buckminster Fuller, was an American architect, author, designer, and futurist known for developing various inventions and architectural designs like the geodesic dome. Buckminster Fuller published more than 30 books and popularized the terms, Spaceship Earth, Dymaxion, and Synergetics.

The work of Buckminster Fuller expanded across multiple fields apart from architecture such as Design, Geometry, Engineering, Science, Cartography, and Education. During his studies, he was expelled from Harvard University twice. Throughout his lifetime, Buckminster Fuller was awarded 28 United States patents and many honorary doctorates. He passed away in 1983 and his legacy continues to make an impact on scientists, architects, and designers.

Buckminster Fuller had a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Buckminster Fuller was an American architect, author, designer, and futurist known for developing various inventions and architectural designs like the geodesic dome. Buckminster Fuller published more than 30 books and popularized terms such as Spaceship Earth, Dymaxion, and Synergetics.

Buckminster Fuller had a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Buckminster Fuller
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5’5” | 1.65 m
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Death: July 1, 1983 (aged 87)

Birthday
July 12, 1895

Drawings include:
Buckminster Fuller front, front (presenting), back, side (sitting)

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Frank Lloyd Wright
Collection of drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright measured with overall height

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential architects of the early 20th century. Born in 1887, he established his own architectural firm in the late nineteenth century. He is known for the Prairie House style which featured flat roofs, coordinated design elements and precast construction material. He was one of the first architects to install custom made electric lights.

Some of his most famous works include the 1937 Falling Water, a private residence in Pennsylvania, and the 1959 Guggenheim museum in New York City. He was known for his dramatic and passionate private life. He was married three times.

Frank Lloyd Wright had a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright in a range of positions including walking and pointing
Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential architects of the early 20th century. Born in 1887, he established his own architectural firm in the late nineteenth century. He is known for the Prairie House style which featured flat roofs, coordinated design elements and precast materials.

Frank Lloyd Wright had a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright in a range of positions including walking and pointing
Frank Lloyd Wright
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Death: April 9, 1959 (aged 91)

Birthday
June 8, 1867

Drawings include:
Frank Lloyd Wright front, side, back, side (walking), side (pointing), side (pointing, cane)

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Philip Johnson
Drawings of Philip Johnson in a range of positions labeled with overall height

Philip Johnson is a Pritzer Prize winning architect known for his sleek, modernist designs. Before becoming a practicing architect, Johnson was head of the Department of Architecture at MoMa, where he championed the work of early modernists such as Mies Van Der Rohe. Johnson is best known for his work during the 1940s and 1950s which shaped the midcentury skyline of New York.

Buildings included the Seagram building and the Lipstick building, both in Manhattan. His most iconic structure is The Glass House in Canaan, Connecticut, built in 1948. He lived there for nearly fifty years, and in 2005, died there at the age of 98.

Philip Johnson had an estimated height of 5’10” (1.78 m) based on photo analysis.

Philip Johnson is a Pritzer Prize winning architect known for his sleek, modernist designs. Before becoming a practicing architect, Johnson was head of the Department of Architecture at MoMa, where he championed the work of early modernists such as Mies Van Der Rohe.

Philip Johnson had an estimated height of 5’10” (1.78 m) based on photo analysis.

Philip Johnson
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5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
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Death: January 25, 2005 (aged 98)

Birthday
July 8, 1906

Drawings include:
Philip Johnson front, side, front (pointing), dancing

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