We witness and consume the products of architecture routinely, while we work, play, commute or browse merchandise. Yet architecture seems to elude the main stream enjoyed by other professions in the realm of social dialogue. Medicine and law as examples of similarly complex trades are thoroughly represented in novels, books, plays and movies. Why not also the art of the built environment? Architecture is a prestigious field that definitely has historical precedence. Why is it less worthy of a blockbuster Hollywood production, compared with a prime time drama about lawyers? The answer to this question may very well be the key to repositioning the profession to the place it deserves.
It starts with the perception of the larger public about Architects. And what better tool to gage this perception than a handful of movies featuring Architects in more or less important roles? However subjective this endeavor, it can be argued that a great deal of research went into creating these roles and that the writers and directors of these productions mirrored the same public’s perception that represents the object of our quest. Even if my assumptions are missing the mark, you can still read the following paragraphs merely for their entertainment value.