Remember Me? 15 Buildings Your Professors Loved To Talk About





You’re a chipper young first-year student, still soft and tender in the early stages of your induction into the cult of architecture. Apart from fiddling with drafting triangles and furiously scribbling down the newfound jargon that is going to forever change how you communicate, you often find yourself planted in a seat, eyes transfixed to a projector screen as your professor-slash-cult-leader flashes images of the architecture world’s masterpieces, patron saints, and divine structures.

Soon, you develop a Pavlovian response: you instinctively recognize these buildings, can name them at once and recite a number of soundbites about their design that have lodged themselves in your brain. Your professor looks on in approval. Since we here at ArchDaily have also partaken in this rite of passage, here are 15 buildings that we all recognize from the rituals of architecture school.

Acropolis of Athens / Ictinus, Callicrates, Mnesikles & Phidas


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Roman Pantheon / Emperor Hadrian


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Cenotaph for Newton / Etienne-Louis Bouillée


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Image in public domain

The Crystal Palace / Joseph Paxton


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Fagus Factory / Walter Gropius & Adolf Meyer


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Villa Savoye / Le Corbusier


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Barcelona Pavilion / Mies van der Rohe


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© Gili Merin

Villa Malaparte / Adalberto Libera


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Maison de Verre / Pierre Chareau & Bernard Bijvoet


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Seagram Building / Mies van der Rohe


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Habitat 67 / Moshe Safdie


© Canadian Architecture Collection, McGill

© Canadian Architecture Collection, McGill

Munich Olympic Stadium / Frei Otto & Gunther Behnisch


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Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor


© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Seattle Central Library / OMA + LMN


© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault

House N / Sou Fujimoto


© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan

How will this list of classics fare in future generations? Time will tell!

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