Rorschach test for Architects

Jody Brown —  July 22, 2011 — 23 Comments

Bob Borson is an Architect.

Well that’s what he would have us believe. But is he? Really?

Ok, sure, he wears black. He has minimal hair. And I’m pretty sure he has used the word “hierarchy” to describe his breakfast cereal.

And yes, he looks tired.

But, is this enough to claim the esteemed moniker of “Architect”? Do we really want to live in a world where ARCHITECTURE is simply defined by those that claim to define Architecture?

Well, do we?

Of course not. We need to be precise… To wit, I herein propose a simple test.

An Architectural Rorschach Test:

A visual exploration of ones true character; an exploration of the depths of ones symmetry; a definitive realization of the desolate vastness that lies within the very essence of the Architectural psyche. The paralysis of one’s dichotomy (if you will);. Thereby revealing (through a spatial and psychological analysis) one’s innate inner angst.

So, just relax. Take a few cleansing breaths. And look closely at the following images.

Tell me what you see.

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BEGIN EXAM

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TEST IMAGE #1

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Typical Architects response – “A balanced and nuanced representation of an unwavering gaze of disapproval.” Or…. “a raccoon fashioned from faceted sheets of aluminum”

Stop exam immediately if subject displays any of these Architectural indicators – “Bjarke Ingels, Brutalism, Turtleneck, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Sauvignon Blanc”

Subjects response“ummm, Is it a..? wait a Transformer? no, a can opener, no, an evil can opener? No, No, wait… An evil can opener wearing a mask!”

ConclusionInconclusive

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TEST IMAGE #2

Typical Architects response – “The tapered corner of a Brise Soleil, probably not a Le Corbusier, probably somewhere in Brazil”

Stop exam immediately if subject displays any of these Architectural indicators – “Louis Kahn, Exeter Library, Repetition, Board-formed concrete, Cheese, desolation”

Subjects response “ooo! a cheese grater. An enormous cheese grater.”

Conclusion – Not an Architect

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TEST IMAGE #3

Typical Architects response – “A sleeveless cable knit wool sweater with a deep V-neck with delicate scaffolding around it.””

Stop exam immediately if subject displays any of these Architectural indicators – “Gaudi, Mont Blanc fountain pens, exoskeleton, cashmere, Juliette Binoche”

Subjects response“2 Legs in the air, tied down with cable wire, with a big arrow pointing at her crotch, all run over with a truck tire”

ConclusionNot an Architect, possibly a pedophile – Follow up with Sergeant Williams in the morning.

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TEST IMAGE #4

Typical Architects response – “the structure of a bridge, flanked by my loneliness.”

Stop exam immediately if subject displays any of these Architectural indicators – “Peter Zumthor, Woody Allen, Lower Manhattan – or the meat-packing district, Glenlevit, Tension, The fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

Subjects response“Looking up at the structure of a bridge, with 2 giant DNA strands on each side of me, or wait, maybe that’s smoke”

ConclusionPossibly an Architect. Will need further testing to determine. Recommend medication.

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END EXAM

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I think you’ll agree that this is a more accurate method to determine one’s Architectural proclivities than simply taking one who claims to be an “ARCHITECT” at face value.

After all, one can’t argue with SCIENCE…

Or, aluminum raccoons.

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So, “Architect” tell me what you see? Feel free to add your “interpretation” in the comment section.

Note: Bonus points will be given to anyone who can guess the buildings used in the images.

 

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  • Smith, Wurd

    I see that ‘spatial’ and ‘psychological’ are spelled wrong…you’re welcome.

  • Biker89

    1. Transformer in a tuxedo.
    2. Concrete Brutalism (Hubert H. Humphrey Building, designed by Marcel Breuer, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D. C.)
    3.a. Eero Saarinen
    3. b. Zaha Hadid stadium, Tokyo
    4. Modular Man on fire.

  • haika

    I don’t feel i can make this test objectively.
    because it was posted in a text about architecture.
    the moment i see the picture i think of a building.
    or how a building could fit into the shapes.
    what i’m refering to is the “pink elephant syndrome”.
    thou only in the last picture did i see a man in a dark aura.

  • 1. missing Autobot from Transformers
    2. Kahn office building
    3. boat with oars
    4. Calatrava meets van gogh cypress trees

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  • Peter

    #4: 30 st mary axe (foster)

    • Peter, I am officially freaked out by that guess. Mainly, because you’re exactly right. Bonus points are in the mail. 
      Jody

  • Richard

    ….I’m thinking it’s too early in the morning to be looking at ink blots…But if we must…

    I see beautiful butterflies floating gently over a cheese grater wearing a sweater vest…Not sure what the last one is but since it’s ink blots it can be anything we want it to be…so I’ll say it’s a inverted beaver tanning on some beach in Florida with Bob and family….

    So how close was I?

  • cvandevere

    Really, Hmmm they all have mirror affect applied. Some kind building component. With number 2 being a building facade. Yes that’s right facade.  I need to find the little curly cue that goes under the c. Anyway I give up.

  • I wasn’t sure about 1,2, and 4, but I’m confident that 3 was a sweater vest, leaving Columbus in discgrace.  (Not an Architecht…but born a Buckeye…hangs head in shame)

  • ronchamp
    corbu at ronchamp
    corbu at ronchamp in the rain
    plan view

  • ronchamp
    corbu at ronchamp
    corbu at ronchamp in the rain
    plan view

    • bahaha cindy. hilarious!  😀

  • Pancholi Twinkle

    I thought the first one was a modernised (not the architectural version of modern!!) version of the dog from Super Mario!! LOL!!

    • Conclusion – gamer

    • Conclusion – gamer

    • Anonymous

      Modernist version of Darth Vader’s helmet

  • Anonymous

    Test 1: Cyborg, possibly from Star Trek
    Test 2: Boston City Hall
    Test 3: Sweater
    Test 4: Mosque Spires

    Conclusions: ????

    • Conclusion – Maybe an Architect – definitely a nerd & it’s too hot for that sweater

    • Conclusion – Maybe an Architect – definitely a nerd & it’s too hot for that sweater

  • I thought the very first one was a cyborg in a bow tie, but then I got confused. Does that make me an architect? Is there a test to take to determine if I’m an architect groupies? Please do a post on that. But give just me the answers in advance. And those aren’t buildings; they are outdoor sconces recently seen at your house. Bonus points please!

  • I thought the very first one was a cyborg in a bow tie, but then I got confused. Does that make me an architect? Is there a test to take to determine if I’m an architect groupies? Please do a post on that. But give just me the answers in advance. And those aren’t buildings; they are outdoor sconces recently seen at your house. Bonus points please!