Thursday, July 30, 2009

Google search for “Architect”

This came into my inbox today from a colleague and just had to share it.  Think about how these images portray Architects in today’s society compared to the BIM tools we actually use!  Thanks Amy and Alan…

An Architect decided to type in "Architect" into Google images today to see what popped up. It's kind of a running joke in the profession of how the general public views Architects versus what a real Architect ACTUALLY is.

Let's start with the standard "blueprints with rulers, triangles, and hand drawing" images.

Image #1:


1. Try drawing a straight line on a triangle without holding the other side. It doesn't work.
2. This is a printed drawing from a computer. He is drawing on it. He is obviously an idiot.

3. There is an eraser on the table. Again, this is a PRINTED drawing.

4. They couldn't find a better hand model for this picture? Was bigfoot unavailable??

Image #2:


1. Yet again this is a printed drawing. Is EVERYONE an idiot??

2. Apparently this guy needs TWO scales to measure stuff. He likes to stack them on each other for maximum measuring power.

3. What Architect DOESN'T stack library books from the 1960's on their drawings?

4. Exactly what is this guy using to draw? Is it a pencil for dwarfs?

Image #3:


1. All Architects draw circles, lots and lots of circles. Of course on blueprints.

2. Notice the standard pencil, triangle, compass, and protractor.

Let's move on to Architects on job sites (mostly pointing):

Image #4:


1. "Yeah this isn't right at all...KNOCK IT DOWN!...oh wait, this is just my grocery list..."

2. Architects tend to stare really hard at drawings while on job sites because they have no idea what they've been working on for the past 4 months!

Image #5:


1. Apparently these guys weren't allowed on an actual construction site for this photo.

2. All Architects point and smile at their work.

3. Hard hats are definitely required while standing by a finished building.

4. You must always wear a pin-striped suit to a construction site. I mean what are the odds you'll ruin it?

Image #6:


1. The building is behind you, moron.

2. "Look at that bird!"

Image #7:


1. Either this is a very large woman, or they couldn't find a large format printer for this stock photo.

Now for some Architect's offices:

Image #8:


1. First of all, WTF?!

2. Architects always stand while drawing, holding random drafting utensils in an awkward way.

Image #9:


1. Apparently Architect pimps DO exist.

2. I think they misunderstood when the photographer wanted the Architect looking at models.

Finally…this is what an ACTUAL Architect usually looks like at their desk:


1. Stressed out of their mind.

2. No pencils, triangles, protractors, scales, or compasses.

3. Slouched over a desk on a computer.

4. On the phone with their mom who's asking if Frank Lloyd Wright is their favorite Architect.


  1. Great post. It reminds me of the time that I found two different AEC ICT firms using the same (stock) photography on their websites - with a little more effort both companies could have paid a good photographer to take some shots of real people doing real work on real sites, instead of these 'posed' atrocities.

  2. it's good... it's very good.

    love the architect pimp :) could i be that someday?

  3. Hey James, I've been diving into the photography world pretty heavy and this is just typical crap stock photography, it's what the big stock agencies like Getty want, if you send them something real they will reject it in a heartbeat because this what most advertisers will pay for. No thought is put into stock photography anymore because you can only sell these images for less than a dollar when they used to sell for hundreds. It's a disgrace for the photographers and the industries they're portraying, so I'm staying far away from this and focusing on architectural photography instead.

    On another note do you know if these images are copyrighted or creative commons? Did you contact the photographer to use them on your blog? Just because they show up on google images doesn't make them fair game. Not trying to be confrontational, just looking out for my fellow photogs as you're looking out for your fellow architects.

  4. Good point, Dave. If someone sends these to me in an email, with no reference or license, what do I do? If I don't make any money off of my blog, is it still copyright infringement? What if someone emailed me an unlabeled, unnamed MP3 file and I posted it on my blog?... Perhaps Google and other search providers are heading down a Napster-ish path ending in a class action lawsuit by photogs around the world. Food for thought.

  5. With regards to image #8:
    Architects play Fusball against themselves during work hours. The guy at the computer must be looking at image #9 on his computer.

  6. Love image #8... It appears to be a commentary on productivity in the workplace. If we just spent equal time at the computer, talking on the phone, playing fuse-ball, and whatever that guys trying to do with the compass, we would all have permanent grins on our faces too.

    Nice touch with the tucked tie. Wouldn't want to smear the ink on that board. I say board, because it doesn't appear to have any paper mounted on it. Hilarious.

    BTW, the images used in the way they have been; as part of a parody should qualify as fair use. Please don't quote me on that, as I do not pretend to be a lawyer.

  7. What do architects wear to job sites? Is a suit and tie too formal?

  8. hahaha...
    thats very2 entertain.
    as far i know, now... architect use software and computer to support their job...

  9. I used to dress up to go to jobsites. I guess it is a silly cliche.

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  11. hahahaha......... nice one!!

    Why doesn't somebody do something to create a right image of architects on public??

    I wonder if other professionals also suffer this.........

  12. Image #2 , the hand is holding a Liner pen. It is what was used on mylar sheets before the ink drafting pens. You would dip it into a bottle of ink, adjust the line weight of the pen by turning a screw and then hope to God you could lay a line of ink with out smudging or spilling it all out.