You know their buildings—but how much do you know about the architects themselves? The Proust Questionnaire is a new series that gets up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Named after the personality quiz favored by the great writer himself, the Proust Questionnaire is a timeless tool for getting to know often hard-to-read highers-up. Sometimes the most innocuous of questions can reveal quite a lot.
Who is your favorite living architect?
Who is your favorite dead architect?
How would you describe the personality of your practice?
Talkative / Inquisitive
What is your practice’s main weakness?
What is the trait that you appreciate most in a building?
Ambiguity / Complexity
What is the trait that you deplore most in a building?
What is the trait that you most appreciate in an architect?
What is the trait that you most deplore in an architect?
Deplore is a strong word… I don’t appreciate a lack of humor
What is your favorite type of project to work on?
Filled with apparent conflicts
What does architectural happiness mean?
Contentment, Attainment, Completion
What does architectural misery mean?
Where would you most like to build (where you haven’t already)?
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
Copa de Oro
What is your favorite bird?
“Walter” (Our late sun conure)
Who is your favorite poet?
Who is your favorite artist?
When do you lie?
Can’t tell you
What talent would you most like to have?
What architectural strategies do you most overuse?
One — relying on reason
How would you like to die?
Peacefully with family
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