What is the general I.Q. for an architect?

As a single white male, could I be this smart?

Feb 9, 19 2:10 pm
Non Sequitur


Feb 9, 19 2:24 pm

Not once in my professional life did I stop and go "wow I work with idiots". But then I come to this website, and I don't know any more about how smart or dum architect are. 

Feb 9, 19 2:26 pm



stop being dum, rando.



Spelling does count.

Feb 9, 19 2:43 pm


Feb 9, 19 3:27 pm
( o Y o )

not high enough to avoid this profession

Feb 9, 19 3:50 pm

The 2002 Hauser study of IQ for various professions found an average IQ of 120-130 for architects - roughly the same range as for surgeons, lawyers, and engineers.  That range straddles the line between "superior" and "very superior" intelligence.  Professions with higher averages than architects included professors, scientists, and "top civil servants."
But other studies have found architects to be in the 110-120 range - so spanning the "normal/average" to "superior" ranges. Architectural drafters in all studies land somewhere around the 100 mark - i.e. dead average.

The architect IQ range might help explain why architects in general don't tend to be great at business.  Supposedly people with IQs above 120 or so tend to be less successful business people and leaders, possibly because they overthink and second guess more.  The optimal IQ for success in business is supposedly the +/- 110 zone.

Feb 9, 19 3:53 pm
Non Sequitur

17year old study?


There are more recent studies, and older ones.  The Hauser study broke down professions into finer categories (i.e. different types of engineers and such) than most other studies, but they've all found fairly similar ranges for architects. Anyway the demographics of architecture haven't changed too strikingly in those 17 years, so not too much reason to think average IQ would be markedly different.


You're an idiot if you think the demographics of architects hasn't changed in 17 years. More people with the interest and aptitude for architecture are choosing much better paying and fulfilling options that have emerged such as UI/UX. Only a bloody idiot would choose to be an architect nowadays.

But regardless IQ tests are fast becoming yesterday’s standard, as the modern-day community has made the move to placing greater emphasis on skills, abilities, and professional training, rather than categorize an individual’s professional value based on how he/she scores on a test.

Leave it to architects (a profession left in the past) to keep looking at antiquated IQ tests for validation of their poor career choice.

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