In the book American Architects and the Mechanics of Fame, author Roxanne Kuter Williamson argues that it isn’t family connections, money, or specific schools that predict fame in architecture. Williamson studied six hundred American architects to find the correlation between apprenticeship and later success. She created one of the most beautiful and telling graphics that traces the genealogy of successful architects up until the book’s publication in 1991. It is fascinating to see how connected successful architects are today to those of the past. It also reiterates the importance of interning for the right people when graduating from architecture school.


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James Petty is an American architect experiencing and contributing to the Yale School of Architecture.