Architecture and Wrestling

Yep, you are reading the title correctly – “Architecture and Wrestling”. And now you’re thinking, “surely she doesn’t mean that fake stuff on TV”. Why yes, that is exactly the kind of wrestling I’m referring to – WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment. So let me explain…

When I was about seven years old, I was your typical baby sister that wanted to do and say and watch everything that my older brother did. And what was one of the things he watched at his age of 17 – wrestling. Every Monday night I would head to the living room to sit with my big brother and watch WCW (World Championship Wrestling) where I would wait anxiously to see who Sting would beat up with his baseball bat that night. I loved it, I was hooked – strange I know. In fact, one of my favorite gifts still to this day are the tickets my brother gave me to go with him to see WCW live in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was a fantastic night for my eight year old self, I even got a nice sweaty hug from Diamond Dallas Page after he won his match (I was pretty pumped). Actually, if I remember correctly, I left the event that night with no voice because I had been yelling so much… I wasn’t kidding when I said I was a fan…

So what’s the point of me telling you this? And how does this relate to architecture? I promise, I have a connection – give me a minute.

I kept up with wrestling for a few years until my brother left for college. After that, as I got older and other interests arose, I lost track of the wrestling world for a while. But odd enough, during my last few years of school, when I needed a mental break from architecture and studio I would come home and flip through the channels on TV and I’d come across WWE. And what did I do, I watched it. It became my escape from reality for a bit. Something even more funny than me watching wrestling as a 22 year old female in architecture, is that I met my now husband during my second year of studios. And guess what he grew up watching? Wrestling. It was one of the many connections and shared interests we ended up having. And now, my husband and I have both graduated and started working in the architecture industry, and guess what we watch every Monday night. You guessed it – WWE Monday Night Raw. Do we watch all the pay-per-views like Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, and Summerslam, why yes we do.

Sting - My all-time favorite wrestler at Monday Night Raw in Dallas last winter.
Sting – My all-time favorite wrestler at Monday Night Raw in Dallas last winter.

About a year ago, I began questioning why I had such a strong interest in wrestling still. And I think I finally figured it out. Here’s the connection I promised…

As much as I like wrestling for the fun, brief escape from reality, I discovered that there was much more to it. I pay close attention to the “not show related” stuff that makes up WWE – the marketing, the branding, the stage design, the graphics, the intros, the costume design, the strategy, the storytelling… all of it created by someone for a very strategic purpose for the story-lines going on in the show. There’s truly incredible work that goes on to develop the stage, the characters, the story – all of it created by an imaginative someone that can come up with awesome design solutions. Sound familiar?

I actually became curious as to what some of the job requirements are for a position involved in those things with WWE, so I looked it up:

WWE Careers (—Television-Office/XMLNAME-3D-Designer_R0000407)

With the exception of working in broadcast television, does that job description not sound like a job description for an architect? I think it does… and here’s my point, plain and simple, architects are incredibly talented and well rounded. Because of this, architects have the wonderful option of going into many, many fields and industries. For students currently in architecture school, they will have more opportunities that any other generation to design their own career path either in or not in the actual field of architecture. Architects can be graphic designers, product developers, artists, animation artists, set designers, film makers, and much more. I read an article just last August about architecture grads going into the film industry doing animation and how well they are able to perform in the field. The article even says “Architects tend to have a vivid imagination and a strong visual sensibility… But this is tempered by their capacity for analysis and problem solving. These characteristics are directly applicable when first designing digital animations, and then executing them effectively.” (Article: The architects using animation skills to build film careers”)

As much as we have to endure during architecture school, it’s pretty fantastic that it helps develop us in a way that we can choose our own unique career path – in architecture or in many other industries. I followed the traditional path and work for a wonderful architecture firm, but it’s nice to know that I could fit into other industries thanks to my skills and talents as an architect. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll design the stages for WWE…


This post is part of the ArchiTalks series in which Bob Borson of Life of an Architect selects a theme and a group of us (architects who also blog) all post on the same day and promote each other’s blogs. This month’s theme is Crafty… I chose to focus on the Craft part of that. To read how others interpreted the theme please click the links below…


Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Architecture and Photography

Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Architecture and a Future Without Architects

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
architecture and __

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Architecture and Travel

Jes Stafford – MODwelling (@modarchitect)
Architecture and Gaming

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
architecture and m&ms

Rosa Sheng – EquitybyDesign [EQxD] (@EquityxDesign)
Architecture And the Era of Connection

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
#ArchiTalks 18: architecture and… the bigger picture

Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks 18: Architecture and Mathematics

Michael Riscica – Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
Architecture and Yoga

Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
Architecture and Ego / The Architect’s Unique Struggle with ‘Good’ Design

Sharon George – Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
Architecture and Kids

Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Architecture and More

Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
Architecture and the Myth of the Master Builder

Jeffrey A Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Architecture and Interior Design

Samantha Raburn – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
Architecture and Wrestling

Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Architecture + Memories

Adam Denais – Defragging Architecture (@DefragArch)
[#ArchiTalks 18] Architecture and Strange Travel Etiquette

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Architecture and…my Generation.

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