Just saw the above photo over at Archi-Models, and suddenly found myself on a Google Image search of Architects with their models. Turns out there’s quite a few, so as a start, here’s some of the more well-known Architects, hanging out with models of their most famous buildings.
Here’s Mies van De Rohe, with a model of S. R. Crown Hall, (which some Melbourne folk might find familiar.)
I think the best Mies shots though are these two: one with him and Phillip Johnson with a model of the Seagram Building, and the other one of him peering through Lake Shore Drive.
Philip Johnson didn’t mid posing with a few buildings either, here he is awkwardly clutching the AT&T building, and again with a building as a hat.
The hat photo (I assume) is in reference to the Beaux Arts Ball of 1936, the photograph of which became more well known after appearing in Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas, who interestingly, has no easily locatable photos of himself with models.
Johnson wasn’t the only one either, below are four of the New York Five: Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman and Micheal Graves wearing their own designs for a 1996 Vanity Fair feature.
Below is one of FLW with the Guggenheim, interestingly, including a completely different design for the dome.
Here’s Corb looking excellently dapper with the Villa Savoye…
and here’s Gerrit Reitveld with a model of the Rietveld Schröder House.
I also like this shot of Rietveld, sitting in a Gothic revival chair he designed, while holding a model of his zig zag chair. (there’s a good post listing all his chairs here)
And to finish off, here’s Peter Zumthor injecting some magic into a design.
I know there’s plenty more out there, so if there’s some obvious ones I’ve missed - send them through.