Architects on the Cover of Time Magazine

By Alanya Drummond.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Since the first issue of Time magazine in 1923, fifteen architects have graced its cover. As the world’s most highly distributed weekly news publication, the cover of Time has typically been allocated to individuals of political and economic power and, more recently, celebrities and entertainment figures. The appearance of architects within this framework of power and fame signifies an evolution of the interest and relevance of architecture to the general public. The twentieth century was an era in which architects broke the boundary of trade and professional journals, resulting in a strong representation in mainstream publications such as Time. The analysis contextualises the publication of Time covers within the career evolution of each architect, identifying the role that their appearance played in their path towards fame. This paper provides an overview of these fifteen instances of heightened media exposure, focusing in particular on the issues featuring Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Philip Johnson. Ultimately, this paper creates a link between celebrity and the publication of architects on the cover of Time.

Keywords: Celebrity Architect, Starchitect, Time Magazine, Media, Publication, Fame

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.83-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.615MB).

Alanya Drummond

Postgraduate Researcher (PhD Candidate), Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Alanya Drummond graduated from the Interior Architecture program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2003 with first class honours and the University Medal. After graduating, Alanya moved to Paris and spent three years working in the communications team for the Pritzker Prize winning French architect Christian de Portzamparc. Since returning to Sydney in 2009, Alanya has worked on her PhD candidature on the topic of ‘starchitects,’ focusing on how the phenomenon of celebrity influences the design process. To support her research, Alanya has been awarded the UNSW Dean’s Scholarship as well as the Wightman Postgraduate Scholarship in Architecture. Alanya also works with the interior design firm Geyer in a workplace research and strategy role, as well as lecturing and tutoring at UNSW. Alanya is also a member of the Design Excellence Panel for North Sydney Council NSW Australia, as well as having been a contributing writer for the Australian magazine InDesign and associate editor of The International Journal of the Image Volume 1, Issue 2.