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
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)

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October 31, 1950

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Zaha Hadid front (jacket), front, side (fashion), front (sitting)

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Kazuyo Sejima
Set of illustrations of Kazuyo Sejima in various poses dimensioned with overall height

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.

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.

Kazuyo Sejima
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Birthday
October 29, 1956

Drawings include:
Kazuyo Sejima front, side (fashion), side, front (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)

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Birthday
June 8, 1867

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

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David Adjaye
Set of illustrations of David Adjaye in various poses dimensioned with overall height

David Adjaye is one of the world’s leading architects. He studied architecture in London at the Royal College of Art and went on to establish his own architecture firm in the year 2000. In 2009, he was chosen as part of a team of architects to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

He is also known for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, and the Whitechapel Ideas Store, in London.  He is a visiting Professor at Princeton University.

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

David Adjaye is one of the world’s leading architects. He studied architecture in London at the Royal College of Art and went on to establish his own architecture firm in the year 2000. In 2009, he was chosen to design the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington DC.

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

David Adjaye
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September 22, 1966

Drawings include:
David Adjaye front, side, 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)

Given Name
Birthday
August 9, 1878

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

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