Architecture

I enjoy art, architecture, museums, churches, and temples; anything that gives me insight into the history and soul of the place I’m in. I can also be a beach bum – I like to laze in the shade of a palm tree with a good book or float in a warm sea at sundown. – Cherie Lunghi

Architecture is the thoughtful making of space. – Louis Kahn

Together let us desire, conceive, and create the new structure of the future, which will embrace architecture and sculpture and painting in one unity and which will one day rise toward Heaven from the hands of a million workers like the crystal symbol of a new faith. – Walter Gropius

Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design. – Stephen Gardiner

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. – Frank Gehry

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. – Julia Morgan

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. – Winston Churchill

Whatever good things we build end up building us. – Jim Rohn

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. – David Allan Coe

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Inspirational Architecture Quotes by Famous Architects and Interior Designers

The beauty of design surrounds us wherever we go. From the emotion that overcomes you when entering a building to walking through a city with an undeniably cohesive flow – design’s impact can’t be undervalued.

Architecture is a visual art and the buildings speak for themselves. – Julia Morgan

I call architecture frozen music. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There is begins. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Architecture is the learned game correct and magnificent of forms assembled in the light. – Le Corbusier

Good buildings come from good people and all problems are solved by good design. – Stephen Gardiner

Each new situation requires a new architecture. – Jean Nouvel

Architecture is inhabited sculpture. – Constantin Brancusi

98% of what gets built today is shit. – Frank Gehry

Architecture is an expression of values. – Norman Foster

Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times. – Richard Rogers

Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistakes. – Luis Barragan

We do not create the work. I believe we, in fact, are discoverers. – Glenn Murcutt

One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time it is like life starting all over again. – Renzo Piano

Architecture is not about space but about time. – Vito Acconel

The door handle is the handshake of the building. – Juhani Pallasmaa

The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it. – David Chipperfield

I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. – Ayn Rand

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. – Louis Kahn

As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown. – Norman Foster

God is in the details. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture. – Tadao Ando

My architecture is easy to understand and enjoy, I hope it also is hard to forget. – Oscar Niemeyer

Even a brick wants to be something. – Louis Kahn

A room is not a room without natural light. – Louis Kahn

Life is architecture and architecture is the mirror of life. – I.M. Pei

Build! Don’t Talk. – Ludwig Mies ven der Rohe

Architects can’t force people to connect, it can only plan the crossing points, remove barriers and make the meeting places useful and attractive. – Denise Scott

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. – Frank Lloyd Wright

A design isn’t finished until someone is using it. – Brenda Laurel

Architecture is a dangerous mix of power and importance. – Rern Koolhaas

Architects and designers have the esoteric skill set that makes the erection of these wondrous structures a possibility. They possess the knowledge, vision, and resilience to make a mere idea a remarkable reality. 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

The life of a designer is one of fight: fight against the ugliness. – Massimo Vignelli

A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured. – Louis Kahn

The architect represents neither a Dionysian nor an Apollinian condition: here it is the mighty act of will, the will which moves mountains, the intoxication of the strong will, which demands artistic expression. The most powerful men have always inspired the architects; the architect has always been influenced by power. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Less is a bore. – Robert Venturi

Our opportunity, as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple. – Tim Parsey

One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again. – Renzo Piano

Everything is designed. Few things are designed well. – Brian Reed

To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history, but to articulate it. – Daniel Libeskind

Practice safe design: Use a concept. – Petrula Vrontikis

Nothing in this world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people. – Jan Gehl

People ignore design that ignores people. – Frank Chimero

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it’s modern architecture. – Nancy Banks-Smith

I understand that, today, some developers are asking architects to design eye-catching, iconic buildings.

Fortunately, I’ve not had that kind of client so far. – Fumihiko Maki

The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made. – Louis Kahn

Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the idea wasn’t theirs. – Frank Chimero

All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Design should never say, “Look at me!” It should always say, “Look at this!” – David Craib

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. – Henry David Thoreau

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere. – Albert Einstein

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. – Mies van de Rohe

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent. – Joe Sparano

Good architecture is like a good therapy session, a good marriage, a good poem – gently and almost invisibly allowing you to be you, as flawed and as beautiful as you are. – Robert Sullivan

In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose. – Augustus W. N. Pugin

I am simply submerged in work from five in the morning to eleven at night; almost need a few days off to escape a breakdown! – Richard Neutra