Architect's Dress Code‏

Architect’s Dress Code‏

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I received an email with the subject ‘architect’s dress code‏’ from Martin Nagy. He found photos on google and he compiled them on list so now it is easy to see that the most favorite color for architects to wear is Black :)

Reminds me of my previous post on Architect’s Outfit. Coincident? Even the guys from the Toy Factory has this impression that architect’s favorite colour is black.

Thanks Martin!

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Apart from their dress code, the other similarities among the male architects are either bald or balding.

Black and White Template

Just in case you are still clueless, here is a template:

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    November 7, 2008

    Fantastic post! But.. where is Le Corbusier with his glasses? Hummm =)

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    November 8, 2008

    its so very true. architects love black.

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    November 8, 2008

    Thanks for posting this :) well of course there are lot of other architects even from past that wear black, but it will be veeery long to post them all. Anyway u can do the same as me Google it out and post it here so we can see who else is joining this club.

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    November 8, 2008

    The “basic black” uniform of many architects is also the outfit de rigeur of other design professionals: fashion designers, photographers, artists, etc. I would have to assume that this is four fold:
    1) Our closets hold infinite combinations of clothes – everything matches!
    2) We cannot be mistaken for engineers and those who dwell in the right brain world.
    3) Black is slimming, so we always look thinner than we are.
    4) It is a hold over from a more refined period where “office casual” was not in the clothing cannon.

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    Calvin Ngan
    November 8, 2008


    Yeah, probably it is the weather as well. Cold, windy, snowing… I’ve never come across architects in Malaysia (hot and humid) wearing black all the time.

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    November 9, 2008

    When ever i ask an outfit what it wants to be – it says black.

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    November 13, 2008

    you might enjoy seeing Mr. Glasses…

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    November 18, 2008

    black is classic and timeless.

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    November 18, 2008

    Calvin Ngan – black is definitely the colour of choice for Australian architects too, so I’m not convinced that weather has much to do with it. :)

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    November 23, 2008

    uh.. it’s like limkw (Limkokwing University)

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    December 18, 2008

    Why do architects wear black?

    …you might like this: :-)

    Maybe there’s an answer to this mysterious question!

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    January 30, 2009

    Eisenman’s tie is cute.

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    February 4, 2009

    …and from now on I also wear black:
    “Erick van Egeraat Associates has plunged into insolvency after the sudden cancellation of projects sparked a cashflow crisis at the firm”
    I regret!

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    February 19, 2009

    black? maybe cos it complements our eyebags and ink-smudged hands :D

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    Willy Lisala
    September 23, 2010

    Architects do ador black indeed! As every one can see, architectural projects as all creative kind of work stand out when they are set on a black background. They look beautiful, attractive, full of life despite their simple lack of perfection. Let say, architects like black for them to hide their mistakes and lacks within the “black darkness”

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    December 14, 2010

    well i love black and i’m an aspiring archi. so i’m on the track…but i did not see FRANK LYORD

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    July 1, 2012

    Black is a base, primordial, and the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning … :)

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    September 30, 2012

    What about Mike Davies? He only wears red.

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    Sir-i Ous
    October 18, 2012

    Architects don’t know how to dress themselves, so they naturally gravitate towards the black (which is worn mostly by highly intelligent people)


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