Portrait of the
Rational Architect INTP


Architects enjoy influencing others to be individuals—to be independent—as "free thinkers." They provide critical insights framed within the broader context, to ensure that the whole picture is presented. They take responsibility for their own lives and chart their own course. They are apt to refrain from instructing others what to do, and how to do it; instead, they focus on results. As Architects give autonomy, they appreciate it in return, for they prefer to work quietly, often alone, and without interruption.


Architects are gifted in Architectonics, that is the "systematization of all knowledge" and the science of spatial relationships—that is, organization, structure, build, and configuration. From an early age they are preoccupied with spatial relativity and systems design. These theoretical conceptualists are likely to think of themselves as the master organizers who must pit themselves against nature and society in an unending effort to create organization out of the raw materials of nature.


For Architects, seeking to uncover the fundamental structures of the universe is their driving force. They are insatiably curious, and care little whether others understand or accept their ideas. They are far more concerned about attaining useful input for analysis, over helpful output for others. Architects will learn in any manner and degree they can. Freedom of intellectual inquiry is a way of life for them. Because of their breadth and depth of knowledge, Architects can be both intriguing and stimulating for the curious follower.


Architects are the foremost exhibitors of precision in thought and language. More often than not, they are learned, well read, and they tend to see distinctions and inconsistencies in rhetoric and written arguments instantaneously. Only sentences that are coherent carry weight with them, and thus authority derived from office, credential, or celebrity does not impress them. Architects influence others by appealing to logic and reason, expecting that what is obvious to them ought to be apparent to all.


Architects retreat quite often into the world of books and emerge only when physical needs become imperative. If left to their own devices, they would prefer to reside in the world of ideas, where there are no limitations. They are not likely to welcome much social activity, content to leave the scheduling of such interactions to others. When they are around others, rather than being fully present, they often step back into an analytical world, where they become preoccupied with understanding words stated and behaviors observed.


Architects prize intelligence, and seem constantly on the lookout for the technological principles and natural laws upon which the real world is structured. They may have difficulty in being understood by others because they tend to think in a complicated fashion. They are obsessed with analysis, and their distinctive view of reality allows them to see multi-dimensions and various levels of complexity for seemingly straightforward issues. Their rare perspective of the macro view is what makes them differentiated from others.

A Collection of
Rational Architects

  • Harper Lee
  • Srinivasa Ramanujan
  • Virginia Apgar
  • Albert Einstein
  • Barbara McClintock
  • Karl Marx
  • Emmy Noether
  • Charles Darwin
  • Marie Curie
  • Thomas Jefferson