Courtesy The Real Deal

When architects are not working with their clients, some continue channeling their passion for the visual arts by contributing to art-related projects in their free time. Eugene Kohn, FAIA, co-founder and chairman of international architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, spends his time painting watercolor landscapes. “When I paint on the weekends, I don’t have a client, I don’t have anyone telling me what to do,” Kohn tells The Real Deal. Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), grew up loving comic books and as a result released a book detailing his firm’s philosophy in comic form. Another architect, Liz Diller, founding partner of New York–based Diller Scofido + Renfro, is working on producing an opera called the “Mile Long Opera” on the firm’s well-known New York City project, the High Line. Read more about what architects do outside of their studios at The Real Deal.

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