Monty Python on architects

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Scene from Monty Python sketch mocking modern architecture (and Freemasonry)

In September of 2014 I posted the famous Monty Python sketch on modern architecture as a reward, so I said at the time to readers of this blog, for those who managed to make it through my several prior posts. Why a reward was appropriate I don’t recall. Today, I offer the same skit as a reward for making it through my past several days of postlessness.

I have not posted because, first, I have done a job for a local institution that needed expert assistance (which they thought I had), and, second, because I have filled out a very tedious (but arguably necessary) form to help my publisher market my new book, Lost Providence, coming out on August 28 from History Press. Reading it will be its own reward.

It is, of course, my delusion perhaps that readers need to be rewarded for struggling through several days without any posts from AHAT (Architecture Here and There), but I will let that pass without comment so you can click on the Monty Python skit, “The Architect Sketch,” without further delay or obfuscation. Enjoy!

[A commenter, Lew Dana, notes the irony of this in light of the recent tower fire in London.]

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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5 Responses to Monty Python on architects

  1. Lewis Dana says:

    Did Eric Idle design the tower of flats that exploded in flames in London the other day?
    Is this a bit of timely irony with the smug councilmen unconcerned about safety measures?

    That aside, here’s a Python sketch which deals with enough architraves and metapes to keep even D. Brussat happy.


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