5 Compelling Lessons from the Greatest Architects


There is so much for entrepreneurs to learn from the greats of architecture. That's why we just complete a four-part study of greatest architects on the planet. Here's a list of our 'famous five' architects:

  1. Zaha Hadid

  2. Bjarke Ingles

  3. Norman Foster

  4. Frank Gehry

  5. Frank Lloyd Wright

What's remarkable about the lessons we can learn from architects is how much their wisdom interests with that of great entrepreneurs and authors. It seems like the themes of success in life have a universal code.

While the definition of architecture is 'the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings', you can also say is the art of learning life's lessons. Here's what we learnt from these great architects.

Lesson 1

Overcoming adversity makes you stronger

Lesson 2

Mastery is the means of turning fiction into fact

Lesson 3

Find something you believe in, and it will light your fire

Lesson 4

Don't look back, be yourself and you will discover your expertise

Lesson 5

Life is the understanding of the nature of things

Zaha Hadid

Dame Zaha Hadid born October 31, 1950, and died March 31, 2016, was an Iraqi-born British architect known for her radical deconstructivist designs.

In 2004 she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She was also known as the "Queen of the Curve" for buildings such as the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan with its gently sloping and yet zany curves.

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Bjarke Ingles

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was born October 2, 1974, is often cited as one of the most inspirational architects of our time. At an age when many architects are just beginning to establish themselves in professional practice, Ingels has already won numerous competitions and achieved a level of critical acclaim that is rare for new names in the industry.

He is the founder and creative partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), widely known for buildings that defy convention while incorporating sustainable development principles and bold sociological concepts.

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Norman Foster

Norman is known for his complementary yet ultra-modern redesigns of famous buildings and for his simple, streamlined new structures. Dubbed the "hero of high-tech," his architectural signature is a design that opens a building up to the public, is mindful of the environment, and saves money by using modern materials and advanced technology.

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Frank Gehry

Frank Ghery a Canadian born architect whose works have been cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture. Frank has been named "the most important architect of our age".

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Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. His grand buildings and innovative Prairie style pushed the boundaries of architecture and interior design for nearly seven decades.

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