Short People: Better Architects?


Why are so many major architects either just below average in height like Frank Gehry and Louis Khan, or straight-up tiny like Julia Morgan and Daniel Libeskind? Slate's Witold Rybczynski doesn't have a firm answer for this question, but he does suggest that the ideal psychological profile for an architect may be caused by the inverse physical characteristics that tend to result in successful businessmen and politicians. Of course, he does point out that one of the top architects in the country right now is Bill Rawn, who stands at a towering six-feet-seven inches, so it could all just be a weird coincidence. [Slate]