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Architecture Couples

Mar 27 '14 21 Last Comment
Roshi
Mar 27, 14 10:34 am

Having recently visited the works of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien (and having listened to them lecture about their professional and sometimes personal life), I got thinking about the dynamics of an architecture couple.

Is it healthy for your marriage/relationship? Do they make each other sleep on the couch for disagreeing on designs? Do they get.. creative? Will they drown their kids in Legos?

On that note, how many big-named couples can we come up with? I'll shoot off the obvious ones that come to mind:

  • Tod Williams + Billie Tsien
  • Ricardo Scofidio + Elizabeth Diller
  • Denise Scott Brown + Robert Venturi
  • Amale Andraos + Dan Wood
  • Laura Briggs + Jonathan Knowles

Anyone here who is married to or is dating a fellow architect that can chime in?

 

gruen
Mar 27, 14 9:06 pm

Gruen & Mrs. Gruen.

We argue hard about design, but it does improve it. And if course, I'm always right, so that helps, lol.

Actually, we do very different things in the profession, so we don't overlap that much.

SpatialSojourner
Mar 27, 14 9:51 pm
Alien 8
Mar 27, 14 9:52 pm

Scogin + Elam

Brooks + Scarpa

gwharton
Mar 28, 14 5:54 am

I read somewhere that architect-architect married couples have a sky-high divorce rate. But on the other hand, I know a few, and they all seem pretty happy together. Having said that, most of them seem to be like Mr. & Mrs. Gruen: doing very different things within architecture.

Tony Robins
Mar 28, 14 8:20 am

Well theres the whole myth that any couple working together will get sick of each other. But from personal experience, I know that it can actually strengthen a relationship.

spqr
Mar 28, 14 9:13 am

Marion Weiss + Michael Manfredi

Michael Meredith + Hillary Sample

Sheila O'Donnell + John Tuomey

Roshi
Mar 28, 14 9:53 am

you would say that tony robins

cncguy
Mar 28, 14 2:34 pm

My wife and I work together, design together, have 3 kids that want nothing to do with architecture, and just celebrated 20 years of marriage. Not easy to do but I wouldn't change a thing.

gbear
Mar 28, 14 3:01 pm

Iwamoto+Scott

jla-x
Mar 28, 14 4:21 pm

I see an opportunity in here for an archinect dating site...

chigurh
Mar 28, 14 4:21 pm

a more interesting question is how do architecture couples come to be?

long hours at school together? 

instructor humps student?

long hours at work together?

principal architect cheats on partner with intern?

shared passion for a profession?

snooker-doodle-dandy
Mar 28, 14 5:52 pm

chigurh.....Sad to say  I have seen all of them.  However on a good note both my better half and myself  are Architects.  Let me tell you she can pick a chicken bone clean like you have never seen when it comes to design.  I look at it as all for the better.  My comments on the other hand I try to encourage her to look at other options.  We have been doing it since 2000, and I don't regret a moment of it.  I guess were lucky!
 

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Mar 28, 14 6:39 pm

I have multiple personality disorder. Does that count as a couple? One usually wants to strangle the other.

bowling_ball
Mar 28, 14 8:57 pm

Are Couture and Rashid partners? It's never been clear to me.

Mrs(-to be)  bowling_ball is an architectural photographer who went through archi school. I love having a partner who understands my design talk and the need for occasional overtime, and I like it even better that we're in separate but related careers. 

citizen
Mar 28, 14 9:50 pm

Here's the test: ask the kids of these magical duos how they are as parents.  I'd be more interested in that measurement than in any self-reporting.

snooker-doodle-dandy
Mar 29, 14 10:14 am

miles   male

milly  female

gwharton
Mar 30, 14 6:41 am

+1 citizen

Related: It is extremely common for the children of architects to not want to have anything whatsoever to do with architecture. Neither of my kids would touch it with a ten-foot cattle prod, even though my daughter actually has the unusual constellation of personality traits and talents that would make her exceptionally good at it.

empea
Mar 30, 14 8:41 am

Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos
Jan Kaplicky and Amanda Levete
Norman Foster and his first wife (who tragically died young)
Zaha and Patrik were a couple once if long ago
SHoP's Greg Pasquarelli and Kim Holden
Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Mrs empea is in the profession as well, even though we've both strayed away from its center you might say, in different directions. I would not stand for a day working together with my life partner. There are too many complex facets of working relationships including so many varying degrees of conflict that I would never want to bring home with me at night.

SpatialSojourner
Mar 30, 14 12:20 pm

Jean Nouvel and Mia Hägg

They seem a little awkward in the ArchDaily interview: http://vimeo.com/48854708

james webbjames webb
Mar 30, 14 7:16 pm

MAURICIO PEZO AND SOFIA VON ELLRICHSHAUSEN.

bowling_ball
Mar 30, 14 10:51 pm

Charles and Ray Eames, of course!

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