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Not only do architects plan, design, and oversee the construction of a structure, they are are also responsible for ensuring overall public safety during the building stage and after completion. It is very important and laborious work! Come and explore the fabulous structures created by ingenious architects!
10 Architects quizzes and 100 Architects trivia questions.
By Hook or By Crook
  By Hook or By Crook    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the old The English phrase "by hook or by crook" means "by any method possible." Here are some architects who truly embodied the spirit of this phrase by creating unique structures, one way or another. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Lpez, Jun 13 23
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  Paolo Soleri's Architecture editor best quiz   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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The visionary Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri saw the need to create compact, multilayered habitats to sustain growing human populations while conserving resources. This quiz covers his career highlights.
Average, 10 Qns, PDAZ, Aug 29 16
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  Renaissance Architect Andrea Palladio   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Andrea Palladio was one of the most innovative, influential and imitated figures of Western architecture. His ideas have inspired countless houses and government buildings across Europe and North America. This is a basic quiz about his life and works.
Average, 10 Qns, Arlesienne, Aug 29 16
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  Name the Architect   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you name the people who gave us some of the world's most famous structures?
Average, 10 Qns, chicagojanet, Aug 29 16
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  Gaudí's Architecture   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Antonio Gaudí i Cornet was perhaps the most original architect of all time. His uniquely intricate, sweeping forms caused a stir at the turn of the twentieth century. This quiz covers his entire career, including his most famous work, the Sagrada Familia
Tough, 10 Qns, riotgrrl, Jul 17 19
Jul 17 19
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  Guess the Wright House    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
I'll give you the name of the house designed by the extraordinary Frank Lloyd Wright and you choose its location correctly.
Average, 10 Qns, VegemiteKid, Nov 15 20
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Nov 15 20
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  Hadid It    
Multiple Choice
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A look at the wonderful British Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid and some of her incredible works.
Average, 10 Qns, 480154st, Mar 19 21
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Mar 19 21
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  Which Architect Designed That? #1    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just match the famous building with the architect who designed it. I will also tell you where the building is.
Tough, 10 Qns, ilovethisgame, Aug 29 16
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  Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin    
Match Quiz
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The world's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, was a native of Wisconsin, born in Richland Center. Match up his buildings with the Wisconsin community they are located in.
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Jun 24 22
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  Which Architect Designed That? #2    
Multiple Choice
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Just like the first quiz. Match the famous building with the architect who designed it. I will also tell you where the building is. Enjoy.
Tough, 10 Qns, ilovethisgame, Sep 03 21
Sep 03 21
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Architects Trivia Questions

1. By what nickname was Hadid known?

From Quiz
Hadid It

Answer: Queen of the Curve

It was "The Guardian" newspaper in UK that first bestowed this term on her, and it soon took off, becoming the name by which she was known, due to her imaginative use of unconventional and circular forms which set her work apart from that of her peers.

2. Born in Turin, Italy, Paolo Soleri first came to the United States in the 1947 to work with which legendary architect?

From Quiz Paolo Soleri's Architecture

Answer: Frank Lloyd Wright

Born in 1919, Paolo Soleri had just finished his PhD studies in architecture at Italy's Politecnico di Torino when he applied to join the Frank Lloyd Wright fellowship program. He spent eighteen months with Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona and Wisconsin, and it was his time at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, that arguably had the greatest influence on his future work. By the way, although he didn't make his name in the field, Weird Al Yankovic did receive a degree in architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

3. Which architect gave us Fallingwater and the Robie House?

From Quiz Name the Architect

Answer: Frank Lloyd Wright

Wright was a prolific and influential architect, designing over 1,000 buildings. He is credited with inventing the "prairie school" of architecture, which integrated buildings into the landscape. In fact, Fallingwater is suspended over a waterfall. Some of Wright's other famous works include the Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL; Taliesin (his home and workshop in Spring Green, Wisconsin); the Guggenheim Museum in New York City; the S.C. Johnson Wax Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin; and the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Early in his career Wright worked for Adler and Sullivan. Mahony was one of the first women to get a degree in architecture and was the first employee hired by Wright.

4. In and around which Italian city are most of Andrea Palladio's town palaces and country villas located?

From Quiz Renaissance Architect Andrea Palladio

Answer: Vicenza

Andrea Palladio was born Andrea di Pietro della Gondola on November 30, 1508 in Padua. As a child he was an apprentice to a local stonecutter. In 1524 he moved to Vicenza where he met the rich scholar, nobleman and amateur architect Gian Giorgio Trissino (1478-1550). Count Trissino immediately recognised the boy's talent and took him under his protection. He tutored him and gave him his new classical name, Palladio, from the Greek goddess Pallas Athena. Palladio's early commissions were country mansions for the local aristocracy. Later he created numerous urban palaces and religious buildings. Vicenza is a showcase for Andrea Palladio, with 23 edifices created by him in the historic centre, and others in the suburbs. The city is located in Northern Italy, 60 km west of Venice, and has about 100,000 inhabitants. In 1994 Vicenza and its Palladian edifices were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

5. Which architect designed Bonnefanten Museum (Maastricht, The Netherlands)?

From Quiz Which Architect Designed That? #2

Answer: Aldo Rossi

Italian Aldo Rossi designed and built the this museum between 1990 and 1994. It houses from paintings to archaeological artifacts. The museum has a distinct look with brick and blue metal facade.

6. Gaudí's first built design (1883-8) was a summer house for Mañuel Vicens. What was included in the design as an advertisement for his business?

From Quiz Gaudí's Architecture

Answer: Huge numbers of tiles

Vicens was a wealthy brick and tile manufacturer - but not wealthy enough, as this house nearly bankrupted him! Gaudí designed him a richly decorated house, externally in a Moorish style and internally with different schemes and motifs in each room.

7. Which architect designed Taliesin (Spring Green, Wisconsin)?

From Quiz Which Architect Designed That? #1

Answer: Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Taliesin was Wright's house for many years. Taliesin means 'shinning brow' in Welsh. Taliesin seems to have been cursed. Taliesin was first burned down by an arsonist, murdering many, including Wright's wife. Taliesin was also burned down due to electrical problems. Each time Taliesin was burned down it was reconstructed bigger and better by Wright. Taliesin is in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

8. "Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion" was Hadid's own description of which riverside opera house, designed by her in 2002 and opening in 2010?

From Quiz Hadid It

Answer: Guangzhou Opera House, China

The Guangzhou Opera House in Guangdong province, China was designed by Hadid to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River and is a breathtaking sight, both inside and outside. Hadid's design built on the relationship between architecture and nature, paying close attention to river valleys and the way in which they are transformed by erosion. Nicolai Ouroussoff in the New York Times commented that Hadid's design gives an "experience of openness and possibility", while "stepping into the main hall is like entering the soft insides of an oyster".

9. Who was responsible for the dome of the cathedral in Florence (il Duomo) as well as the Pazzi chapel in Santa Croce, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, and Santo Spirito?

From Quiz Name the Architect

Answer: Brunelleschi

Brunelleschi's works are must-see buildings on an art and architecture tour of Florence. Il Duomo was a masterpiece of engineering, as no one else had figured out how to span a space that large without using buttresses. It is still the largest dome ever built out of brick and mortar. Ghiberti is also associated with the cathedral, having beaten Brunelleschi in a competition to design the doors of the baptistery (referred to as "The gates of paradise"). Most of Michelangelo's work was in Rome, but he did design the Medici Chapel at the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence.

10. The most famous country mansion designed by Andrea Palladio is the Villa Almerico Capra di Valmarana in the suburbs of Vicenza. What is its more popular name?

From Quiz Renaissance Architect Andrea Palladio

Answer: La Rotonda

Situated on a hill outside Vicenza, the superb Villa "La Rotonda" is also called Villa Rotonda, Villa Rotunda or Villa Almerico. It was commissioned by a rich Vicentine family, and it perfectly embodies the Renaissance ideal of an idyllic country retreat from city life. It is a two-story building, based on a perfectly symmetrical square plan with a central circular hall (hence its sobriquet). As Palladio himself wrote: "because one takes pleasure in the beautiful view on all four sides, loggias were built on all four facades." Its harmonious unity of architecture, art and nature epitomised Andrea Palladio's principles, and explains why Palladio has been called the "high priest of elegance and proportion".

11. Which architect designed The Pagoda (London, Great Britain)?

From Quiz Which Architect Designed That? #2

Answer: William Chambers

Chambers, an Englishman born in Sweden, had visited China, serving as a merchant. The Pagoda was built in 1761 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in London. The building is an interesting example of oriental architecture in Europe.

12. The Palau Güell (1886-9) was Gaudí's first work for his major patron, Eusebi Güell. Which region, dear to them both, does the building contains numerous references to?

From Quiz Gaudí's Architecture

Answer: Catalonia

The Güell Palace is in a fantastical fusion of art nouveau and neo-gothic styles. Externally, it is has an imposing but monochrome castellated façade, but inside and on the roof, Gaudí's imagination ran wild. The central hall features a grand organ, and Gaudí even designed the elegant but uncomfortable furniture.

13. Which architect designed the Wexner Center (Columbus, Ohio)?

From Quiz Which Architect Designed That? #1

Answer: Peter Eisenman

The Wexner Center is in Columbus, Ohio, on the campus of Ohio State University. It was designed to be a visual art center for Ohio State. The Wexner Center is full of intriguing staircases, small passageways, and wide open spaces. If you are in the Columbus area be sure to see it.

14. In 2008, Hadid joined forces with Brazilian firm Melissa to design which item?

From Quiz Hadid It

Answer: Shoes

Melissa are a company specialising in 100% recyclable, vegan, jelly shoes; they began selling their product in 1979. The company have previously collaborated with fashion designers Judy Blame, Alexandre Herchcovitch and Vivienne Westwood, but this partnership with Hadid was their first with an architect. Working on the premise that the best fashion designers are sculptors on some level, and Hadid's work is based around organic sculptures, the two joined forces to design a jelly shoe which retails for over £200 ($280) a pair, although you do also get a limited edition shoe box with your purchase. Hadid has also collaborated with Adidas and Pharrell Williams to design the Adidas Superstar sneakers.

15. Paolo Soleri met his future wife Colly while working on a design for a home in Cave Creek, Arizona. What design element was used to meet the homeowner's request to view the desert sky?

From Quiz Paolo Soleri's Architecture

Answer: Glass dome

The Dome House was built with fellow architect Mark Mills. It was commissioned by Nora Woods, and it combined the glass view with passive heating and cooling systems due to the living quarters being mainly underground. Mrs. Woods' daughter, Corolyn (Colly) became Soleri's life-long wife in 1950. According to Soleri's Arcosanti website, the Dome House is on the Arizona State Register of Historic Places.

16. What famous Greek sculptor oversaw the design and development of the Acropolis in Athens?

From Quiz Name the Architect

Answer: Phidias

Phidias designed the statue of Zeus at Olympia, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as the statue of Athena inside the Parthenon. The most famous building on the Acropolis is the Parthenon, which has become a symbol of Greece. Phidias supervised the design, although the architects were Ictinos and Callicrates.

17. Which classical building inspired La Rotonda?

From Quiz Renaissance Architect Andrea Palladio

Answer: Pantheon

Andrea Palladio found inspiration for his country houses, urban palaces and religious buildings in the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. The basis for his study of classical forms were "De Architectura" by Vitruvius and the publications of his disciple Leon Battista Alberti (1406-1472). His trips to Rome in 1541, 1545, 1547 and 1549 allowed him to study more closely the ancient monuments and the production of the important architects working in Rome at that time. Although inspired by the classical architecture and influenced by Renaissance thinkers and architects, his solutions and architectural language were always absolutely personal and innovative. The Roman Pantheon, the "temple to all gods", was built in 27 BC during the consulship of Marcus Agrippa. Earthquakes and fires destroyed the original building, and it was widely restored by order of emperor Hadrian between 118 and 128 AD. In 609 AD the Byzantine emperor Phocas gave the temple to Pope Boniface IV, who consecrated it as a Christian church.

18. Which architect designed the Center of Science and Industry (Columbus, Ohio)?

From Quiz Which Architect Designed That? #2

Answer: Arata Isozaki

COSI was finished in 1999. It is a science center for the city of Columbus. Isozaki, a native of Japan, designed the building. It is a sleek modern building with a long thin body. The building is situated in front of the skyline of Columbus, next to the banks of the Scioto River. COSI was Isozaki's first building in the midwest.

19. At the College of Santa Teresa de Jesús (1888-9), Gaudí took over an existing project and built the upper floors of this (slightly) more sober building. Who was this building designed for?

From Quiz Gaudí's Architecture

Answer: Religious Order

Gaudí's first religious building also housed a small school, run by the order of Saint Teresa of Avila. The building is a further development of the unique neo-gothic style Gaudí was making his own.

20. Which architect designed Villa Savoye (Poissy, France)?

From Quiz Which Architect Designed That? #1

Answer: Le Corbusier

This building is one of the earliest examples of Le Corbusier's International Style. The building was finished in 1929. Constructed in a large field in Poissy, France, Villa Savoye is white and geometrical, in contrast to the green field it lies on.

21. For which building, designed for the London Olympics of 2012, did Zaha Hadid have to water down her original plans due to the costs involved?

From Quiz Hadid It

Answer: Aquatics Centre

The Aquatics Centre was described as a yacht crossed with a Dubai skyscraper and also a vast turtle waving over-sized flippers, but whatever your opinion of the outside, the inside gained nothing but glowing reports with the way in which Hadid had managed to convey a feeling of wholeness, with the structure feeling like a body rather than something constructed out of segments attracting particular praise. The centre was originally forecast to cost £75 million ($104 million) when designs were first drawn up in 2004, and Hadid had to make some changes, while keeping the 17,500 spectator capacity, after the cost was presented to parliament. The new plans were presented in 2006 and construction started in 2008. On completion in July 2011, the centre was called a "masterpiece" by the president of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, but inflation and tax rises meant that the final cost was nowhere near the estimated £75 million ($104 million), instead being closer to £269 million ($376 million).

22. While honeymooning with his wife in Italy in 1950, Paolo Soleri was commissioned to design a factory for a product that would feature in his future works. Which glazed objects were produced there?

From Quiz Paolo Soleri's Architecture

Answer: Ceramics

The Ceramica Artistica Solimene (Solimene Ceramic Factory) was built in 1953-54 on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. The Gaudi-esque building featured glass walls and ceilings and brightly-colored towers. It was there that Soleri learned the art of ceramics and came up with the idea of using fragments of pottery in his designs.

23. Which architect designed the all-glass Farnsworth House, as well as many buildings on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was a professor?

From Quiz Name the Architect

Answer: Mies van der Rohe

Mies invented the modern office building of steel, glass, and minimal ornamentation. His philosophy of architecture is encapsulated in two famous quotations: "less is more," and "God is in the details." Mies, Gropius, and Le Corbusier were all important modernist architects. Gropius and Mies were both members of the Bauhaus in Germany. Le Corbusier was working near Berlin at the time and may have met them. Tigerman was one of the Chicago Seven who rebelled against what they saw as the boring repetition of modern buildings inspired by van der Rohe.

24. What is the alternative name for the typical Palladian (or Venetian) window, i.e. a symmetrical three-part window composed of a central arched section flanked by two smaller rectangular openings?

From Quiz Renaissance Architect Andrea Palladio

Answer: Serlian

The name is derived from architect Sebastiano Serlio (1475-1554), who mentioned the motif in his architectural treatise. The element of an arched window flanked by two rectangular sections first appeared in triumphal arches of ancient Rome. Palladio used this form of window extensively, and it has become sort of trademark of his and one of his most copied features.

25. Which architect designed the Carson, Pirie, Scott Building (Chicago, Illinois)?

From Quiz Which Architect Designed That? #2

Answer: Louis Sullivan

Frank Lloyd Wright apprenticed under Louis Sullivan. He coined the phrase "form follows function". His buildings had minimal decoration. The Carson, Pirie, Scott Building was from 1899 to 1904. Its Chicago windows and cast-iron detailing are Sullivan's trademark design.

26. Gaudí was heavily influenced by Gothic architecture when constructing the crypt of what was intended to be a church at the Güell Colony (1898-1917). Which usual feature of Gothic churches did he attach great importance to avoiding?

From Quiz Gaudí's Architecture

Answer: Flying buttresses

The Colony was intended to house workers from Güell's textile factory. Gaudí believed that buildings should support themselves, without the 'crutches' of flying butresses. Although the church was never completed, the many-columned crypt demonstrates vividly the developing style Gaudí was to use at the Sagrada Familia, with its parabolic arches and leaning pillars.

27. Der Neue Zollhof was designed by which architect (Dusseldorf, Germany)?

From Quiz Which Architect Designed That? #1

Answer: Frank O. Gehry

Due Neue Zollhof is in downtown Dusseldorf on the Rhine River. The building were designed to house advertising and insurance agencies.

28. In 2010 and 2011, Hadid was awarded the architectural equivalent of the Booker Prize for literature. What is this coveted prize called?

From Quiz Hadid It

Answer: The Stirling Prize

The Stirling Prize is actually nothing to do with the Scottish city; instead it takes its name from Sir James Stirling, architect behind the Faculty of Engineering at Leicester University and the Neue Staatsgalerie (New State Gallery) in Stuttgart. It is the highest profile architectural award in British culture and the awards ceremony has been broadcast previously on UK TV stations, Channel 4 and BBC2. Hadid had been nominated in 2005, 2006 and 2008, before finally scooping the prize in 2010 for MAXXI, a museum of contemporary art in Rome and following that in 2011 with a second win, this time for the Ark Evelyn Grace Academy, a school in Brixton, London.

29. Paolo Soleri returned to Arizona in 1956 and built his residence and studio dedicated to an anti-materialistic architectural design. What name, derived from "anti things" in Italian, did he give to his facility?

From Quiz Paolo Soleri's Architecture

Answer: Cosanti

Much like Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri found inspiration in the Arizona desert north of Phoenix. The Cosanti buildings were mainly built using "earthcasting": concrete was poured over earth forms which were then excavated after the concrete hardened. Much of the buildings are built so that the living quarters are beneath ground with mounds of earth to surround them and help moderate internal temperatures.

30. Which architect designed the church of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona? His salamander sculpture in the Parc Guell has become a symbol of that city.

From Quiz Name the Architect

Answer: Antoni Gaudi

Gaudi was a leader of the Spanish Modernist movement. Sagrada Família started in 1882 and is projected to be completed in 2026, the centennial of Gaudí's death. It is an art nouveau interpretation of the Gothic style ... and truly unique. Any tour of Barcelona will include other Gaudi structures including private homes, apartment and office buildings, and a museum.

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