Who Knew?…Architecture Edition

In honor of next week’s American Institute of Architects National Convention, here are 11 fun facts about architects and architecture.

Who Knew?…Architecture Edition

In honor of next week’s American Institute of Architects National Convention, here are 11 fun facts about architects and architecture.

The word architecture comes from the Greek word arkhitekton, meaning “chief builder”

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The Incas considered bridges to be so sacred that anyone who tampered with one was put to death

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Architect is one of the most common professions for TV and movie characters

Though the job is often portrayed as much more glamorous than it is in reality.

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The base of the Great Pyramid in Egypt is large enough to cover 10 football fields

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The first book about architecture was written circa 15 BC

De Architectura was written in Rome by Vitruvius.

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Construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral started in 1015 but wasn’t completed until 1439

The spire was the last piece to be built.

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The earliest-known architect lived around 2600 BC

Imhotep designed his own tomb, was considered one of the greatest pyramid designers in history, and was believed to be a god in some parts of ancient Egypt.

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A bridge in Lima, Peru, was built using mortar that was mixed with 10,000 egg whites

Appropriately called the Bridge of Eggs, the structure was built in 1610 and is still standing today.

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Architect Frank Gehry guest-starred as himself on an episode of The Simpsons

Gehry designed the new Springfield Concert Hall.

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Enough rock was excavated in the construction of the Hoover Dam to build the Great Wall of China

The dam is 726 feet tall and 660 feet thick at its base.

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In 2011, Mattel created Architect Barbie as one of its “Barbie I Can Be” prototypes

She came with a model dream house, hard hat, and drawing tube. Sadly, the doll never made it into production.

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