Obama Wanted To Be an Architect
June 3, 2011
“I expected to be more creative than I turned out, so I turned to politics instead,” said POTUS in his Pritzker Prize ceremony speech, after commenting that he once dreamed of being an architect. Let that be a lesson to us all: scorn architecture, become the leader of the free world.
Souto de Moura and Renzo Piano talking shop (we assume) at last night’s ceremony, photo via ArchDaily.
The major players in the architecture game (that’s definitely not a thing) were on hand last night to celebrate Portugal’s Eduardo Souto de Moura and his work. As for Obama, he gave a speech touching on greats of Chicago architecture (Mies! Sullivan!) and declared it the “most democratic” of art forms.
Unsurprisingly, considering his close ties to Chicago politics, Obama has been involved with the Pritzker family for a long time: Penny Pritzker was his 2008 campaign finance chair, and now sits on an advisory council to the President.