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Got this email this morning; ‘Arthur Erickson…Canada’s most famous architect and the first to put Canadian architecture on the world map.’ is no longer allowed to call himself an architect because he will not take the 18 required hours of continuing ed. every year to certify him as such. Hilarious, if it wasn’t so absurd and it made me think of all the influential ‘architects’ in modern history who had no formal architectural training. Here is my first-pass at a top ten list. I’m sure I missed many more so shout-out your favorite non-architects and we’ll get a top 100 list going…

1. Tadao Ando, Japan

2. Charles Eames, United States

3. Buckminster Fuller, United States

4. Carlo Scarpa, Italy

5. Luis Barragan, Mexico

6. Bruce Goff, United States

7. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Great Brittan

8. William Morris, Great Brittan

9. Gerrit Th. Rietveld, The Netherlands

10. Mary Jane Colter, United States


Of course, this list could go the other way too, as in the ‘Top 10 Architects who became Something Else…’ Beginning with Sergei M. Eisenstein and moving on from there…