Architects

“As designers, we have such power to make design change the world. We really need to make better use of our platform and do stuff that is useful”

“Dyslexia made me realize that people who say ‘but you can’t do that’ aren’t actually very important. I don’t take ‘no’ too seriously.”

“Buildings are deeply emotive structures which form our psyche”

“For the most part, things never get built the way they were drawn”

“If we learn to build with local materials, we have a future.”

“Form ever follows function”

“The acceptance of certain realities doesn’t preclude idealism. It can lead to certain breakthroughs.”

“Freedom is from within.”

“Ignorance is bliss… with this innocence you can create and question a lot of things”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“Architecture is the learned game, correct & magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.”

“Architecture is the stage on which we live our lives.”

“An idea is salvation by imagination.”

“I love my job. What would I retire to?”

“I think you never stop learning.”

If someone has a passion then let them do it. Let people be what they want to be.”

“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”

“To create one must first question everything.”

“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.”

“For me, architecture is a social act.”

“Britain loves a bargain… but you don’t get good, lasting architecture on the cheap.”

“When i’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. But when I’ve finished, if the solution is not beautiful… I know it’s wrong.”

“To fly we have to have resistance.”

“Buildings, too, are children of the Earth and Sun.”

“Architecture itself can not make a more equitable world… but we can contribute with specific actions.”

“Architecture is really about well-being. On the one hand, it’s about shelter, I think that people want to feel good in a space… but it’s also about pleasure.”

“I work from the inside out.”

“The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it.”

“Context is so important, not to mimic… but to become part of the place.”

“Nothing is ever guaranteed, and all that came before doesn’t predicate what you might do next.”

“The best advice I’ve received is to be yourself. The best artists do that.”

“I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me.”

The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”

“To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history… but to articulate it.”

“Design can be a powerful tool for good.”

“You’ve got to bumble forward into the unknown.”

“I think about architecture all the time. That’s the problem. But I’ve always been like that. I dream it sometimes.”

“I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?”

“I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter… it should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.”

“Architecture is about people.”

“I don’t know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.”

“Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.”

“I refuse to work unless I get paid, so I don’t get a lot of work sometimes.”

“God is in the details.” – Mies van der Rohe

“Form ever follows function.” – Louis Sullivan

“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.” – Charles Eames

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

“An idea is salvation by imagination.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Less is more.” – Mies van der Rohe

“Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.” – Rem Koolhaas

“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

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

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

“To create, one must first question everything.” – Eileen Gray

“Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand, it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.” – Zaha Hadid

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?” – Zaha Hadid

“I don’t know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.” – Frank Gehry

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

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

My work is not about “form follows function”, but “form follows beauty” or, even better, “form follows feminine”. – Oscar Niemeyer

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

Designers think everything done by someone else is awful, and that they could do it better themselves, which explains why I designed my own living room carpet, I suppose.  Chris Bangle

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

The life of a designer is one of fighting: 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

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

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

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 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

The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong.  Marty Neumeier

Architecture never derived its force from stability of culture, but rather from the expression of those moments when that sense of stability slipped.  Mark Wigley

I’ve noticed the computer sometimes leads to rather bland decision-making; Now, anybody can do a wobbly, blobby building.  Peter Cook

I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing. Tadao Ando

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.  Frank Lloyd Wright

Give them the vision of Oz, show them the direction, convince them you can create the yellow brick road; the rest is civil engineering.  Dirk Susharme

Design is where science and art break even.  Mieke Gerritzen

Hell, there are no rules here; We’re trying to accomplish something.  Thomas Edison

A profound design process eventually makes the patron, the architect, and every occasional visitor in the building a slightly better human being. Juhani Pallasmaa

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.- Philip JohnsonI don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.  Ayn Rand