bootcamp header4 header image

#007. Architect Stereotypes in the Movies [Podcast]

We’ve all seen how Architects are portrayed by Hollywood, and in many cases it amounts to a superficial brush stroke at best. But is that the case for all of the portrayals?


Podcast Episode 007.

Click to Listen


In this episode, Eric and I discuss a few movies that feature Architects in starring roles and we also discuss whether the role of the Architect is central to the story.

Click to Watch

Show Notes

Inception – 2010
Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page
Plot Line: A skilled extractor is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible.

Ellen Page – Architecture Student, not an Architect. She is the heroine and a powerful feminine roll. She is the glue that holds the extraction team together.

One Fine Day – 1996
Directed by Michael Hoffman
Stars Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney
Plot Line: Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her to school.
Michelle Pfeifer is Architect, single mom living in New York City. She’s a bit of a bumbling idiot.

HouseSitter – 1992
Directed by Frank Oz
Stars Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn
Plot Line: Con artist Gwen moves into Newton’s empty house without his knowledge, and begins setting up house posing as his new wife.
Steve Martin is the Architect, build dream house.

Death Wish – 1974
Directed by Michael Werner, based on novel by Brian Garfield
Stars Charles Bronson
Plot Line: A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.
Charles Bronson is the Architect, bleeding heart liberal.

Indecent Proposal – 1993
Directed by Adrian Lyne
Stars Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore
Plot Line: A young couple very much in love are married and have started their respective careers, she as a real estate broker, he as an architect. She finds the perfect spot to build his dream house, and they get loans to finance it. When the recession hits, they stand to lose everything they own, so they go to Vegas to have one shot at winning the money they need. After losing at the tables, they are approached by a millionaire who offers them a million dollars for a night with the wife. Though the couple agrees that this is a way out of their financial dilemma, it threatens to destroy their relationship.
Woody Harrelson is the Architect, wants to build dream house.

The Towering Inferno – 1974
Directed by John Guillermin
Stars Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunnaway
Paul Newman is the Architect
Steve McQueen is the Fire Chief

Sleepless in Seattle – 1993
Directed by Nora Ephron
Starts Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan
Plot Line: A recently-widowed man’s son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

The Fountainhead – 1949
Directed by King Vidor
Novel by Ayn Rand
Stars Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal
An uncompromising, visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity and individualism despite personal, professional and economic pressures to conform to popular standards.

Fear – 1996
Directed by James Foley
Stars Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Peterson
Relevant Info: The sixteen year-old teenager Nicole Walker has moved to the house by the lake of her father, the architect Steve Walker, to live with her stepmother Laura and her brother Toby.
William Peterson is the Architect, builds Lake House with bullet resistant glass, etc.

Please Subscribe

Receive automatic updates when you subscribe below!

Your Feedback

If you have an idea for an upcoming podcast episode, or have a question you would like answered on the show, send us an email.

Please rate us on iTunes!

If you enjoyed the show, please rate it on iTunes and write a review. It would really help us spread the word about the ARE Podcast. Thanks!

Do you have a favorite movie that features an Architect? Let us know in the comments below!

Related Posts

Comments on this entry are closed.

Alan Horwitz February 2, 2014, 11:34 am

Don’t forget about Jungle Fever, the Spike Lee film from 1991; Wesley Snipes plays a black architect aspiring to be a partner at a firm when he has an extra-marital affair with a white temporary secretary. Things go downhill from there; needless to say, he doesn’t become a partner.

David February 4, 2014, 8:27 am

Hi Alan, Good one! I need to see that again. I saw it when it first came out but don’t remember much about it. I should have included it this show. I’m sure we’ll do a round 2 as there’s definitely some more films out there.

Thanks for checking out the podcast!


Aziz February 9, 2014, 4:09 pm

500 Days of Summer, Joseph Gorden-Levit is trained as an architect but works as a writer at a greeting card company.

David February 14, 2014, 9:29 am

Hi Aziz,

I’ll have to check that one out. It’s been on my list forever, so thanks for the reminder.


MelodyAVesey March 6, 2016, 11:28 pm

Wonderful blog! I stumbled upon it while browsing on Yahoo News.

Have you got any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
I’ve been trying for quite a while however i never often get there!


eebest8 seo March 6, 2016, 11:57 pm

C?µ poste est v??aiment plein de magnifiques conseils

OmarNHogsten March 9, 2016, 8:31 pm

Hey outstanding blog! Does running a blog similar to this take a massive amount work?
I’ve absolutely no understanding of coding however I had been hoping to
start my own blog soon. Anyhow, if you have any suggestions
or techniques for new blog owners please share. I understand this is
off subject but I simply wanted to ask. Thank you!

Emails Leads and Business All Country and Tools Private March 10, 2016, 7:18 am

Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog article.Much thanks again. Want more.

KingDStolarz March 10, 2016, 6:06 pm

You may have made some good points there.

I looked online for more information about the issue and located most people goes with your views on this website.

remover March 12, 2016, 3:29 am

I really enjoy the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

Angle mort film gratuit March 13, 2016, 3:38 am

Really informative article post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

BrantZCybart March 13, 2016, 1:01 pm

Hi I am so excited I found your website, I really found you by error, while I was searching on Google for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thanks
a lot for a tremendous post and a all round exciting
blog (I also love the theme/design), I don?t have time to read through it all at the moment but I have
saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep
up the superb jo.

OnaNWallberg March 18, 2016, 8:32 am

What’s up colleagues, its great piece of writing on the topic of teachingand entirely explained, keep it up all the time.

KaliJNarvaez March 21, 2016, 9:43 am

When someone writes an paragraph he/she keeps the image of a user in their/her mind
that just how a user can keep in mind it. So that’s why this paragraph is perfect.

MaynardWRelf March 22, 2016, 5:57 am

Should you want to increase your familiarity just keep visiting this website and become updated using the newest
gossip posted here.

chwilówki online March 23, 2016, 3:36 am

Very informative blog. Want more.

MazieYRobles March 24, 2016, 12:39 pm

Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up fast! What host have you been using?
May I buy your affiliate backlink to your host? If only my website
loaded as quickly as yours lol

Get in to the ULTIMATE ARE SHAPE with our 30 Day ARE Bootcamp! Join Now!