Pop Culture Enthusiasts are abundant in our world. Magical and Surreal Worlds that bring the most childlike fantasies alive; represented through novels, comic books, and lately through Cinematic Universes. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU for short) has gained a huge fan following since the early 2010s. With their ability to tap into the curiosity of the masses and the work they do behind the scenes through SFX, VFX and post-production deliverables; they have amassed a huge base of enthusiasts who eagerly wait for every one of their projects. Their most renowned characteristics include the creative liberty they use in terms of the storylines, their ability to cast the right individuals, and their method for long term planning.

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The character who spearheaded the inception of this cinematic universe, and has a likeable personality not only as a Superhero but as an individual too, is Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man. The focus will be on the character of Tony Stark and not his Superhero Alter ego. The self-proclaimed genius, billionaire and philanthropist has a personality that may be disliked by many, however, they cannot help but like the aura he exudes.

Personality Type

Tony Stark is a personality known to be an (ENTJ-T) personality, An Extrovert, Thinking, Judging, Turbulent persona. His ability to constantly create and experiment is a trait that would make him one of the master architects in the PostModern Generation. He can build gadgets from absolutely nothing, and while this trait is ever-present in comics and films, it was cemented further in the third part of his film.

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He displays the spirit of a leader and entrepreneur. A person who is highly confident of himself and his ideologies, one who would take a firm stand in what he believes in, yet constantly learn from his mistakes and issues faced in the past. His ability to perpetually innovate and make upgrades concerning his armours and iterations of artificial intelligence are what make him the epitome of a creator.

A constantly determined individual, Tony Stark displays a relentless pursuit towards perpetually finding solutions to problems that not just concern him but people all over the world. Although he exhibits a grand ego and a few selfish characteristics in the very formative versions of his cinematic representations; he displays a constant trajectory of growth towards becoming an unselfish individual who is willing enough to put his interests and styles aside, focussing on a greater common good approach, that would bring real impact and a positive change in people’s lives.

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He also showcases growth from being a person unanswerable to authority to becoming someone who realises the need for people around him, who would give him a reality check, and a different perspective. This would make him a great Principal, or Director of an Architectural Firm; while being able to proficiently work with equally competent partners. His ability to identify potential in not just projects, but people as well, would perhaps make him the best Master Architect to work under, one who would help you out if you are facing a bad idea block, or perform badly in terms of presentation; yet be able to give the correct nudge in the direction that would help one grow.

Tony’s personality would overall make him a tremendous practitioner of Architecture, although he would make a rebellious junior who would work under someone, he would deliver the best product in the biggest time crunches, coming up with the quickest solutions to the problems. His practical nature, balanced with being a great thinker and strong hands-on doer would aid him in creating the quickest yet most efficient paradigm breaking architectural designs.

Architectural Style

Given the technological mind that Tony Stark has, he would be a master of using the software that Architects frequently use. With an optimized workflow for quicker results, his architectural style could very well resonate with the PostModern approach, which deals with creating structures that are made from industrial materials such as iron, steel and glass. Given his high level of IQ and complex thinking, for all one can assume; he would be creating his architectural design software that would integrate the workflow of all main software combined or something new that would surpass the efficiency of all. 

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His forte would be in designing High-rise structures, and large institutional spaces and campuses. He would aim to constantly shift the paradigm with each of his projects, and ensure that the design is logical and makes sense to people all over the world in general. In skyscraper design, he would not let the height be much of an issue for him, and his structures could well be integrated as a smart building, with a consciousness of its own. Such a type of structure is just imaginary as of now, however, it is not far away from reality.

Possible Design Approach

If Tony Stark were to be an Architect instead of a Billionaire Tech Entrepreneur, he would have a style that resonates with the real contemporaries, such as Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, and the highly Creative Mind of Bjarke Ingels. A style that epitomises extravagance, modernity, functionality and symbolism; The architecture of Tony Stark would be resonant with something straight out of a science fiction book. 

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The aforementioned Architects have done work that is renowned worldwide. The Shard by Renzo Piano Building Workshop is a landmark in the British Capital. A skyscraper piercing through the sky standing tall in all its grandeur, similar to it in terms of the city and architectural typology is the Gherkin at 30 St. Mary Axe by Foster + Partners; although this particular structure is shaped like a bullet or a rocket for that matter; an object representative of weaponry and technology respectively.

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However, his work would resonate the most with the young and highly creative mind of Bjarke Ingels. A creator with a childlike curiosity, that is synonymous with Tony Stark’s childlike temperament would be a high matter of possibility. The Via 57 West in New York is one of the paradigm-shifting typologies when it comes to High-rise structures. A hybrid of Courtyard and Skyscraper Typology, the structure exemplifies futuristic and innovative architectural design thinking. Tony Stark as an Architect would etch his name into the geographical fabric of the world, with his structures. His ability to be the foremost name in whichever specific domain of Architecture he prefers, would make him one of a kind.

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To Conclude

As one of the most loved fictional comic book characters of all time; the character of Tony Stark would add a lot of colour and excitement through his contributions as an architect; not only via his works but also through his personality. He would be an instrumental individual to aspire the younger generation of architects to constantly challenge themselves and experiment more into the domain; figuring out their niche, speciality and definition in the realm of Architecture. A world with Tony Stark would be an interesting one to exist in, but it can only be so in Fiction; perhaps in the pages of comic books.

References:

SHAWN S. LEALOS (2020) Iron Man’s 5 Best Personality Traits (& 5 Worst) [online]. (Last updated 19 October 2020). Available at https://www.cbr.com/iron-man-best-worst-personality-traits/.

MONICA; 16 Personalities (2021). “I Am Iron Man”: Profile of a Turbulent Commander (Avengers Personality Series) [online]. (Last updated 30 September 2021). Available at https://www.16personalities.com/articles/i-am-iron-man-profile-of-a-turbulent-commander-avengers-personality-series#:~:text=He%20is%20strongly%20willful%2C%20doesn,%2Dabsorbed%2C%20and%20sometimes%20moody.

Author

A final year architecture student, currently studying in SVKM-NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, Mumbai, he has allied interests towards architectural photography and writing. Having a penchant for films and philosophy as well, he is of the belief that architecture and design have the ability to capture the most pivotal moments in life itself.

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