10 Famous Celebrities Who You Didn’t Know Are Architects



Ratan Tata-


The acclaimed industrialist is to many peoples surprise an architect. He got his BS. degree for architecture with structural engineering from Cornell University in 1962. He then even worked as an architect in the United States before as the story goes he was called back to India by his late grandmother Navajbhai Tata to work on the shop floor of Tata Steel.

Courteney Cox-


The popular ‘Friends’ actress studied architecture at the Mount Vernon College in Washington DC. And just like in the case of Aishwarya Rai, she quit the course to pursue a career in modelling and acting. As the saying goes, once you have been through the course, it never leaves you. It is rumoured that she took to designing the interiors of her Malibu home recently.

Thomas Jefferson-


One of the great United States presidents of the early years, a lesser known fact about him is that he was a practicing architect. It was one of the courses he took at college. He even designed his own house in Virginia, USA that came to be known as Monticello.

Tom Ford-


The famed fashion designer and film director studied architecture at Parsons School of Design at The New School. The designer who launched his own brand in 2006 calls architecture as one of his great passions and constantly draws from his architectural knowledge to design on a daily basis.

Nick Mason-


Nick Mason, Pink Floyd’s legendary drummer is also an Architect. He studied architecture at the University of Westminster, United Kingdom. It is during this time that he met Roger Waters, Bob Klose and Richard Wright (members of the Pink Floyd band). Like many others Mason dropped out of college to pursue a career in music . So one can say that architecture played a role in the songwriting the overall design of Pink Floyd as a brand.

Art Garfunkel-


Arthur Garfunkel commonly known as Art Garfunkel produced some of the greatest hits of all time. What many don’t know about this Grammy winner is his stint with Architecture when he was in college. He studied Architecture in Colombia university,USA before shifting his major to history. His early days with architecture are reflected in some of his songs. This can be seen in a couple of songs where he refers to Frank Llyod Wright as ,”So long Frank Llyod Wright”.

Aishwarya Rai-


Yes, believe it or not Aishwarya Rai studied architecture. The actress who has featured in many a blockbuster Bollywood movie enrolled for architecture at the Raheja College of Architecture. She decided to part ways with the profession when Mani Ratnam offered a role in his movie.

Benjamin Netanyahu-


Israel’s Prime Minister is another great icon who is an architect. The political head did his architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.

Ice Cube-


Riteish Deshmukh-


The son of ex-chief minister of Maharashtra, Riteish Deshmukh got his architectural degree from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. After graduation he practiced as an architect abroad. After he returned to India, he continued designing along with his popular career as an actor. He owns ‘Evolutions’, an architectural and interior designing firm which designs for many of his Bollywood friends such as Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar.



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