2015 World’s Worst Architect Bracket

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Cast your vote for the 2015 World’s Worst Architect!

An esteemed panel of architectural experts analyzed the world’s worst architects, and have narrowed the field to 12 architects who perpetuate poor design.

While many architects continually produce work worthy of emulation, several “starchitects” have trivialized the profession by their recent architectural atrocities.

The selection committee chose 12 of the “worst” architects, to be awarded the 2015 Prickster Prize, using the following guidelines:
  • The architect must be currently living.
  • The architect has several high-profile buildings that might be a backdrop for a car commercial (Thereby ruling out all the actually bad architects that provide a modest living re-using the same details for IHop Franchises without investing any resources into improving the built environment).
  • The architect has a large portion of their projects that are environmentally irresponsible, economically unsustainable, degrading to the quality of life, or are aesthetically repugnant.


Round 1: Mies van der Rohe Region


  • SOM (David Childs) (83%, 10 Votes)
  • Jean Nouvel (17%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Round 1: Le Corbusier Region


  • Robert A.M. Stern (75%, 9 Votes)
  • Bjarke Ingels (25%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Round 1: Antoni Gaudí Region


  • Zaha Hadid (62%, 8 Votes)
  • Terry Farrell (38%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Round 1: Frank Lloyd Wright Region


  • Richard Meier (55%, 6 Votes)
  • David M. Schwarz (45%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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*Check Back March 24 for Round 2 Voting*



2015 Prickster Prize Nominations


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SANTIAGO
CALATRAVA


Committee Ranking:

1


Committee Comments:

Besides over-budget, and crumbling buildings; architecture is not a metaphor for eyeballs and birdwings.
 
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FRANK
GEHRY


Committee Ranking:

1


Committee Comments:

His exterior forms do not create intriguing interior spaces. While his early work was transcendent, he now seems to produce redundant similar projects. See Architect Arithmetic.
 
safdie

MOSHE
SAFDIE


Committee Ranking:

1


Committee Comments:

Similar to Maya Lin, he has never transcended his initial seminal work. (Habitat ’67) And I’m fairly certain that was in 1867.
 
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DANIEL
LIBESKIND


Committee Ranking:

1


Committee Comments:

Pointy Architecture is all fun and games, until someone loses an eye.
 
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BJARKE
INGELS


Committee Ranking:

2


Committee Comments:

Architecture’s current “It Boy” produces cool neon colored graphics, yet every building still resembles either a hill, or a skate park.
 
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ZAHA
HADID


Committee Ranking:

2


Committee Comments:

Curvy spaces are enjoyable. Unfortunately, architecture built in relation to human proportions is also enjoyable.
 
meier

RICHARD
MEIER


Committee Ranking:

2


Committee Comments:

Richard Meier is the opposite of color blind. He only senses light which contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum. WHITE.
 
nouvel

JEAN
NOUVEL


Committee Ranking:

2


Committee Comments:

Just because he looks like Dr. Evil from Austin Powers he shouldn’t automatically qualify for this list. But he did.
 
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DAVID M.
SCHWARZ


Committee Ranking:

3


Committee Comments:

I just think it’s absurd the Driehaus Award (that honors the “contributions to traditional, classical architecture”) has prize money DOUBLE the prize money for the Pritzker. Therefore, the newest Driehaus Laureate makes this list.
 
robertstern

ROBERT A.M.
STERN


Committee Ranking:

3


Committee Comments:

Ho Hummmm…. Just got bored trying to find anything interesting he’s ever done. I like people with two middle initials, but he is also a previous Driehaus Award winner.
 
farrell

TERRY
FARRELL


Committee Ranking:

3


Committee Comments:

I must admit that his architecture has steadily improved since his horrible M16 building. Unfortunately, his eyebrows have steadily worsened.
 
davidchilds

SOM –
(DAVID CHILDS)


Committee Ranking:

3


Committee Comments:

SOM hasn’t been influential since 1940. David Childs has emerged as the current face of SOM; just like the new One World Trade Center has emerged as the newest face of marginal skyscraper design.
 


 

2015 Prickster Prize Selection Committee


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BRADY
ERNST


Profession:

Baby
Architect


Architectural Qualifications:

Although not a licensed architect, yet, he does write a blog with the word architect in the domain name.
 
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CHEF
BRADY


Profession:

Amateur Sandwich
Artisan


Architectural Qualifications:

Owns a Michael Graves Designs apple slicer; even though it takes up a lot of space, it works “OK”.
 
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PHOTOGRAPHER
BRADY


Profession:

Amateur Pet
Photographer


Architectural Qualifications:

Has an unphotogenic cat, thus sometimes takes pictures of buildings instead.
 
bambi

BAMBI
DANGER


Profession:

Intermittent
Napper


Architectural Qualifications:

None