Architects are generally an international type, the sort who work in minimalist offices with Scandinavian furniture. But during Ivy’s heyday, many of them wore soft-spoken and soft-shouldered suits, even while radically remaking urban skylines.
Above, at the 1957 International Building Exhibition in Berlin, Hugh A. Stubbins relaxes while articulating his vision, the epitome of nerd-chic (click images for hi-res version).
Below, Architect Gordon Bunshaft, designer of the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company building, enjoys a smoke while looking proud of a job well done:
Hollywood architect and inventor of the concrete “bubble house,” Wallace Neff combines soft flannel with a hard gaze, circa 1941:
And finally, Le Corbusier caught in a burst of creative energy:
— ZACHARY DELUCA