Architect notoriety

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Have you heard of the modern architects listed below?

Sir Norman Foster
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22%
Zaha Hadid
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24%
I haven't heard of either before their mention on this board.
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65%
I only hear about modern architecture when it melts a Jaguar or poolside bodega
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10%
 
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Wiki links for the architects named:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Fo ... hames_Bank

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaha_Hadid

(For the last one, http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-23941325 ; http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39403349/ns/t ... ts-guests/ , coincidentally, both by the same architect. I just love plugging those stories :D )

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If they're not named Frank Lloyd Wright, I haven't heard of them. (Well, I do know I. M. Pei too, thanks to J!) This is why I doubt these names would be on J! At least not regular games.
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dhkendall wrote:If they're not named Frank Lloyd Wright, I haven't heard of them. (Well, I do know I. M. Pei too, thanks to J!) This is why I doubt these names would be on J! At least not regular games.
Frank Gehry (especially), Renzo Piano, Philip Johnson and Oscar Niemeyer are among the 20th-21st century architects who come up in the J! archive. The J! canon of architects is definitely larger than Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei.
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Being an architect, I always get excited when there is an architecture-related category on Jeopardy. Of course, this is inevitably followed by disappointment when the questions are written for a different level of familiarity with well-known architects and works of architecture.

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Heard of several, but neither of these.

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hbomb1947 wrote:
dhkendall wrote:If they're not named Frank Lloyd Wright, I haven't heard of them. (Well, I do know I. M. Pei too, thanks to J!) This is why I doubt these names would be on J! At least not regular games.
Frank Gehry (especially), Renzo Piano, Philip Johnson and Oscar Niemeyer are among the 20th-21st century architects who come up in the J! archive. The J! canon of architects is definitely larger than Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei.
Saarinen came up last week.

Edit: He seems to appear in j-archive more than any of these. (Not Wright or Pei, though.)
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tiwonge wrote:
hbomb1947 wrote:
dhkendall wrote:If they're not named Frank Lloyd Wright, I haven't heard of them. (Well, I do know I. M. Pei too, thanks to J!) This is why I doubt these names would be on J! At least not regular games.
Frank Gehry (especially), Renzo Piano, Philip Johnson and Oscar Niemeyer are among the 20th-21st century architects who come up in the J! archive. The J! canon of architects is definitely larger than Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei.
Saarinen came up last week.
Speaking of which, I was surprised they didn't BMS on that and accepted just the last name, because Eero's father Eliel was himself an architect of some renown.
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Have heard of Foster, but can't promise I would be able to identify him cold, without the nudge from the discussion here. Never heard of Hadid.

I think Foster unlikely to to ever come up on Jeopardy, especially compared to Gehry and Philip Johnson.

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mahatma wrote:Being an architect, I always get excited when there is an architecture-related category on Jeopardy. Of course, this is inevitably followed by disappointment when the questions are written for a different level of familiarity with well-known architects and works of architecture.
Are you an architect with a phD?

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Bamaman wrote:
mahatma wrote:Being an architect, I always get excited when there is an architecture-related category on Jeopardy. Of course, this is inevitably followed by disappointment when the questions are written for a different level of familiarity with well-known architects and works of architecture.
Are you an architect with a phD?
If he is, he'll probably wind up on my game against a plumber with a PhD.

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Bamaman wrote:
mahatma wrote:Being an architect, I always get excited when there is an architecture-related category on Jeopardy. Of course, this is inevitably followed by disappointment when the questions are written for a different level of familiarity with well-known architects and works of architecture.
Are you an architect with a phD?
Not even close. I was just trying to describe a phenomenon that probably happens to lots of people when their somewhat-esoteric favorite subject comes up.

There's also a danger of overthinking, and not being as quick to hit on the 'obvious' answer.

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Incidentally, this, I think, is how I was first introduced to Zaha Hadid...possssssibly NSFW? I mean, just look at the link url...
Pretty sure Sir Foster never had a Daily Show clip dedicated to his works.

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/q9k5o3/th ... y-muffness

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Architecture school dropout here: you learn about those two on the first day.

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I.M. Pei, Eero Saarnien, and Maya Lin come up often on the NYT crossword puzzles.

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I've only heard of Zaha Hadid because she has shown up as an answer on Pointless a couple times, namely as someone who won the Pritzker Prize.

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ClammyJim wrote:I've only heard of Zaha Hadid because she has shown up as an answer on Pointless a couple times, namely as someone who won the Pritzker Prize.
I'd heard of Zaha Hadid before I started watching Pointless, but I think I might have heard of Norman Foster for the first time (and many times thereafter) on there. On Saturday's episode of Pointless Celebrities, there was a round about famous people with shared names in the style of Before & After, and one of the clues referred to a golfer and an architect, Greg ______ Foster.

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Aalto maybe?

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tiwonge wrote:
Saarinen came up last week.

Edit: He seems to appear in j-archive more than any of these. (Not Wright or Pei, though.)
I think Saarinen comes up a lot because he's one of "the ones" - if you hear "Finnish architect", it's probably him (or one of them). Just like Swedish playwright is usually Strindberg, Finnish composer is usually Sibelius, etc. There are others, but I think J! usually sticks to the ones where there's really one famous one.

I think I worded that poorly, but I just woke up, sorry.

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No love for Rem Koolhaas? Though, at age 70, maybe he's a bit too old for this discussion (but surely not as old as Gehry and Pei?)

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Woof wrote:No love for Rem Koolhaas? Though, at age 70, maybe he's a bit too old for this discussion (but surely not as old as Gehry and Pei?)
I think Rem Koolhaas/OMA have built very little that would be on the general viewer's radar. The CCTV building, maybe? The Seattle Public Library probably not. And absolutely nobody cares about architectural theory/paper architecture.

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