25 Fictional Architects In Movies

25 Fictional Architects In Movies

Updated: September 26, 2013

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Image and source via DanStewart, Ajolote Boletin, Archinect, ArchiExplotion, and more. I’ve managed to add a few more based on original list, anymore?

Barack Obama wanted to be an architect, so did Brat Pitt. You got to read this article – And now let us praise hot architects. Hollywood can’t get enough of them.

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“Architects once were portrayed as sophisticates and what has happened to them both in reality and on film is that they are now seen as just ordinary folk, kind of a hack or bumbler,” says one longtime San Francisco architect, who has observed that the field no longer attracts the best and the brightest because there are so many other avenues to be creative that are far more lucrative. Source: sfgate.com

Why is there always a drafting table and a t-square in most of these movies?

Fictional Architects In Movies
Paul Neuman in “The Towering Inferno”

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Keanu Reeves in “The Lake”

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Steve Martin in “HouseSitter”

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Woody Harrelson in “Indecent Proposal”

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Michael Keaton in “White Noise”

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Frank Gehry (Voice) in “The Simpsons”

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Gary Cooper in “Fountainhead”

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Jude Law (Landscape Architect) in “Breaking and Entering”

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Adam Sandler in “Click”

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Liam Neeson in “Love Actually”

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Wesley Sinipes in “Jungle Fever”

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Luke Wilson in “My super Ex-Girlfriend”


Ashton Kutcher (Archi Student) in the “Butterfly Effect”

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Matt Dillon in “You, Me and Drupree”

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Tom Hanks in “Sleepless in Seattle”

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Charles Bronson in “Death Wish”

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Michelle Pfeiffer in “One fine Day”

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Matt Dillon in “Something about Mary”

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Tom Selleck in “Three man and a Baby”

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Henry Fonda in “12 Angry Men”

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Zach Braff in “The Last Kiss”

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Virginia Madsen in “Firewall”

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Matthew Broderick in “The Cable Guy”

30 Comments

  1. blip
    August 25, 2009

    Richard Gere interpreted a successful architect in “Intersection” with Sharon Stone, a remake of the French film LES CHOSES DE LA VIE.

    Reply
  2. dani
    August 29, 2009

    Hi,

    two more: Kevin Kline in “House As A Life” and Ewan McGregor in “The Serpent’s Kiss”.

    It’s a really nice post anyway, thanks.

    Reply
  3. Will
    August 30, 2009

    Also –

    Jeff Bridges as Max Klein – “Fearless” (1993)
    Albert Finney as Mark Wallace – “Two For The Road” (1967)
    Kirk Douglas as Larry Coe – “Strangers When We Meet” (1960)
    Richard Gere as Vincent Eastman – “Intersection” (1994)

    Helmut Bakaitis as The Architect – “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003) – I know it doesn’t fit the ‘celluloid architect’ type since he isn’t really an architect but still worth a mention.

    Reply
  4. Tarek
    August 31, 2009

    Mat Dillon played a fake architect in that movie, he just pretended to be one!

    Anyway this was an interesting post.

    Reply
  5. Homer
    August 31, 2009

    If i remember right, Ashton Kutcher was a Psychology student in “the butterfly effect”

    Reply
  6. franck
    September 1, 2009

    And David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) in The Invaders

    Reply
  7. Filinho
    September 1, 2009

    not to forget Jason Alexander as George from ‘Seinfeld’ who “always wanted to pretend that he’s an architect”

    Reply
  8. marbledcloud
    September 1, 2009

    didn’t realize that many architects in the movies. Nice one :)

    Reply
  9. bk2000
    September 2, 2009

    don’t forget Brian Dennehy in Belly of an Architect…

    Reply
  10. suze
    September 18, 2009

    …. and most recently Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom in (500) Days of Summer. Tom studied architecture but didn’t realize his dream of practicing til Summer (or Autumn.)

    Reply
  11. Ernie Bayles
    September 26, 2009

    I seem to remember that Billy Crystal was an architect in “Sleepless in Seattle”? Or is old age just getting to me.

    Reply
  12. kenn Young
    September 27, 2009

    Don’t forget the iconic designer of “raised ranches” Mike Brady from the “Brady Bunch Movie”

    Reply
  13. Jim Bradberry
    October 27, 2009

    Wilbur Post in Mr. Ed. He had the drafting board right there in Mr. Ed’s stable! Would you hire an architect who talked to his horse?

    Reply
  14. Sam
    March 12, 2010

    Bob (David Duchovny) in “Return to Me”

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  15. Bella
    May 2, 2010

    and Keanu Reeves in The Lake House….

    Reply
  16. Yumna
    July 17, 2010

    Inception (2010) – Ellen Page, and pretty much every one else in that movie was an architect
    ex. Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt

    Reply
  17. Boojes
    July 20, 2010

    let’s not forget the latest additions Ellen Page and Lukas Haas as Ariadne and Nash, respectively as “Architects” from INCEPTION.

    Reply
  18. Nick Hendrickson
    August 10, 2010

    John Cassavetes in “Tempest” (1982) is a New York architect going through a mid-life crisis. He drops out, moves to a Greek island and starts building a Greek theater, along with the help of his teenage daughter (Molly Ringwald in her film debut). The movie is loosely based on the Shakespeare play so there are many subplots, but the portrait of an architect and the beautiful Greek scenery in this movie are part of why I became an architect.

    Reply
  19. Ryan Avellanosa
    October 1, 2010

    Is the band Pink Floyd really composed of Architecture dropouts?

    Just wondering ‘cuz I heard.

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  20. Kate
    November 24, 2010

    Nick from ”Til There Was You’ (1997) >> architects can be also romantic ^^
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118523/;

    Leo from ‘The Architect’ (2006) >> the iconic architect-idealist type
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466665/;

    Georg from ‘Der Architekt’ (2008) >> confession of an architect
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1223930/

    Reply
  21. Mum
    December 13, 2010

    Mike Brady of the Brady Bunch….

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  22. kallikrates
    April 26, 2011

    matthew perry and oliver platt in “three to tango”.

    Reply
  23. Geoffrey
    November 24, 2011

    i have installed archicad 12. running on demo mode i can’t save a project.Please send me only save file of archi cad 12.

    Reply
  24. mohamad
    November 25, 2011

    Hello! I´m an architecture student in iran i love tadao ando

    Reply
  25. Cesar
    February 21, 2012

    It would be interesting to see all this in order by date/year and see the society’s changing view of Architects.

    Reply
  26. Kayel
    April 14, 2012

    You musn’t forget Ted Mosby of How I Met Your Mother..

    Reply
  27. B2Arch
    September 16, 2012

    How about that – Steve Martin has played an architect twice, more recently in “It’s Complicated” with Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep. I think Steve Martin played an architect very well in this movie.

    Reply
  28. Homer Oatman
    January 25, 2013

    Also, Fred McMurray in My Three Sons

    Reply
  29. Jake
    December 9, 2013

    As a graduate of architecture school, I don’t think it’s about other outlets of creativity being more “lucrative”. I became a graphic designer because it’s so much more creatively fulfilling. The truth about architecture that the schools don’t teach you until 4th year is that the profession is 5% designing, and 95% construction documents and paper work. There are so many other professions that are not only more lucrative, but so much more creatively fulfilling. Not only that, but I apply the same design strategies that I learned in architectural design to graphic design, and let me tell you, without the stress of the architecture position, I started having some real fun.

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    • Tengyuen Ngan
      December 10, 2013

      Jake – Yup, I think architecture has too many rules, regulation, restriction whereas other creative industry doesn’t. Maybe it is because architecture involves lives, comfort and the occupants are stuck with it for many many many years.

      Reply

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