Things you may not have known about famous Architects


A few things you may not have know about famous Architects:

  • Antoni Guadi invented the internet and it was originally made of tile
  • Le Corbusier was afraid of spiders as well as traditional urban street patterns
  • Mies Van Der Rohe had an enormous collection of garden gnomes
  • Frank Llyod Wright was legally blind, and allergic to poison oak
  • Calatrava has a rare kidney disease that causes water to divert around him and everything he designs
  • Claude Ledoux was not French
  • Rem Koolhaas is neither cool nor an Avocado
  • Charles Moore did not invent the shed roof, he did invent key parties
  • Louis Kahn was sexually aroused by board formed concrete
  • So is Ando
  • So am I
  • Steven Holl doesn’t really like natural light. And it doesn’t care for him either
  • Aldo Rossi was killed in a car crash. The car was cylindrical, and red. (miss you Aldo)
  • Michael Graves has never been to Target.
  • Snohetta is a made up name.
  • So is MVRDV, actually those are just letters, they mean Medium Very Really Driving Very…That makes more sense in Dutch
  • B.I.G. starred Tom Hanks
  • Thomas Jefferson was genetically predisposed to the color black. Also, his left leg was shorter than his right causing him to veer to the West when he walked
  • I.M. Pei is only 2 feet tall, and triangular, and underground
  • Philip Johnson taught my high school gym class. He used to look at me in a way that made me uncomfortable. Plus, he changed his lesson plan every day. One day it was dodgeball, the next day it was Post Modern dodgeball. He gave me a C minus and a rash
  • Herzog and De Meuron are conjoined twins. De Meuron is actually a perforated shell surrounding Herzog
  • Alvar Aalto was really, really, really cold. Seriously, he was freaking freezing
  • The Greene brothers were neither green nor brothers
  • Palladio was not an Architect. He was a mason with OCD. He was just trying to even everything out. One on the left, one on the right, two on the left, two on the right, a big one in the middle, repeat. He also made his own bread, and smelled like olive oil
  • S.O.M. fired John Evans, Richard Oswald, David Nivens, and Elliot Ewing in the early 20s to avoid being known as S.O.M.E.O.N.E.
  • H.O.K. sucks
  • Frank Gehry can not use a computer, under court order. He is required to be at least 500 yards away from any electronic device at all times. He also pays alimony to an ex-hooker named “Titanium”

Want to add you own little know Architectural fact? Give it a try in the comment section below. What don’t we know about:

Robert A.M. Stern?

Go easy on him, I think he knows people in the mob.

Jody Brown { coffee with an architect }



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