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
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
5’8” | 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
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
5’5” | 1.65 m (Estimated)
December 15, 1907
Oscar Niemeyer
165.000
1907.00
4300
3D
Oscar Niemeyer
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
5’10” | 1.78 m (Estimated)
August 5, 1957
Shigeru Ban
178.000
1957.00
3600
3D
Shigeru Ban
5’8” | 1.73 m (Estimated)
September 13, 1941
Tadao Ando
173.000
1941.00
7800
3D
Tadao Ando
6’3” | 1.91 m (Estimated)
January 19, 1944
Thom Mayne
191.000
1944.00
2100
3D
Thom Mayne
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 31, 1950
Zaha Hadid
173.000
1950.00
34000
3D
Zaha Hadid
Frank Gehry
Drawings of Frank Gehry in a range of positions labeled with overall height

Frank Gehry is one of the most famous architects in the world. Born in 1929, he established an architectural practice in 1962, and began working to design commercial and cultural spaces around the world. He is known for his designs that incorporate both modernist and postmodern elements. His most famous work includes the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney concert hall in downtown LA, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. He lives in Santa Monica, California in Gehry House, his deconstructed design of an American suburban home.

Frank Gehry has an estimated height of 5’4" (1.63 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Frank Gehry is one of the most famous architects in the world. Born in 1929, he established an architectural practice in 1962, and began working to design commercial and cultural spaces around the world. He is known for his designs that incorporate both modernist and postmodern elements.

Frank Gehry has an estimated height of 5’4" (1.63 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Frank Gehry
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5’4” | 1.63 m (Estimated)
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February 28, 1929

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Frank Gehry front, side, back, sitting (front)

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Bjarke Ingels
Drawings of Bjarke Ingels in a range of positions labeled with overall height

Bjarke Ingels is one of the world’s leading architects. He became well known in the world of architecture after designing two housing complexes in Denmark, taking inspiration from Le Corbusier. He founded his company, BIG, in 2006, and since then has gone on to design and construct some of the most recognizable contemporary buildings in the world.

His projects include the 8-house housing complex in Copenhagen, the Google North Bayshore headquarters and Superkilen Park in Copenhagen. He is known for his big and bold architectural designs that incorporate aspects of modernism and postmodernism. He was commissioned to design 2 World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Bjarke Ingels has an estimated height of 5’9” (1.75 m) based on photo analysis.

Bjarke Ingels is one of the world’s leading architects. He became well known in the world of architecture after designing two housing complexes in Denmark. He founded his company, BIG, in 2006, and since then has gone on to design and build some of the most recognizable contemporary buildings today.

Bjarke Ingels has an estimated height of 5’9” (1.75 m) based on photo analysis.

Bjarke Ingels
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October 2, 1974

Drawings include:
Bjarke Ingels front, side, front (presenting), crouching

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Rem Koolhaas
Collection of drawings of Rem Koolhaas measured with overall height

Rem Koolhaus is one of the of the world’s most famous architects. He was born in Rotterdam in 1944 and founded OMA in 1975. He is known for his novel approach to architecture; he does not have an overarching aesthetic but instead responds to each brief dependent on context.

His most famous buildings include the Qatar National Library, Fondazione Prada in Milan, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the Seattle Central Library. In 2014 he directed the Venice Architectural Biennale. Koolhaus is also a Professor of Architecture at Harvard University.

Rem Koolhaas has an estimated height of 6’3” (1.91 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Set of illustrations of Rem Koolhaas in various poses including walking and sitting
Rem Koolhaus is one of the of the world’s most famous architects. He was born in Rotterdam in 1944 and founded OMA in 1975. He is known for his novel approach to architecture; he does not have an overarching aesthetic but instead responds to each brief dependent on context.

Rem Koolhaas has an estimated height of 6’3” (1.91 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Set of illustrations of Rem Koolhaas in various poses including walking and sitting
Rem Koolhaas
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November 17, 1944

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Rem Koolhaas front, side, back, walking (front), walking (side), sitting

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Eileen Gray
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 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)'.

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)'.

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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Oscar Niemeyer
Scaled height comparison illustrations of Oscar Niemeyer in relation to other architects

Oscar Niemeyer is considered a leading architect of the 20th century. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Niemeyer rose to international recognition during the 1940s and 1950s after his collaboration with Le Corbusier on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. His architectural portfolio includes the Edifício Copan in downtown São Paolo, the cathedral of Brasilia, and the Palácio de Planalto – the official office of the Brazilian President. Niemeyer’s involvement in leftwing politics led him to exile – he set up an office in Paris but later returned to Brazil in 1986.

Oscar Niemeyer had an estimated height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Oscar Niemeyer labeled with overall height
Oscar Niemeyer is considered a leading architect of the 20th century. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Niemeyer rose to international recognition during the 1940s and 1950s after his collaboration with Le Corbusier on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Oscar Niemeyer had an estimated height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of dimensioned drawings of Oscar Niemeyer labeled with overall height
Oscar Niemeyer
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5’5” | 1.65 m (Estimated)
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Nationality: Brazil

Death: December 5, 2012 (104)

Given Name
Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho
Birthday
December 15, 1907

Drawings include:
Oscar Niemeyer elevations (assorted)

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