Given the platform, many architects--famous and non-famous alike--would have you believe that the germ of their genius was cultivated in their infancy, as their skillful handing of Legos (or Froebel blocks, way back) or intricate fortress doodles designs can attest. These "singular" events are called to the fore of the narrative, with the rest of one's childhood and adolescence dissipating into a thick haze of memory. From there, it was a gradual, perhaps even rapid rise to the top, with a few Damascene moments sprinkled along the way that propel the protagonist to his preordained fate. The great architect is, thus, born both great and an architect.
Case in point, this CNN-produced profile of BIG principal Bjarke Ingels, who was named one of the news channel's "Next List" which gathers together "forward-looking thinkers in the fields of tech, science and social change." In the video, Ingels reminisces about his idyllic Danish youth, filling his time with creative endeavors, such as drawing and buildings things, which taught him valuable lessons like "value engineering" that would come define his future architectural activity. All that aside, it's a nice enough piece that illustrates how excited and (naively?) optimistic an architect Ingels is, and his place on this list is warranted. Look at little Bjarke go!