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Dictums of Famous Architects:

Architects Dictums
SULLIVAN, LOUIS Form follows function.

GAUDI, ANTONIO Form does not necessarily follow function.

WRIGHT, FRANK LLOYD Form follows function- that has been

misunderstood. Form and function should
be one, joined in a spiritual union.

Every great architect is necessarily- a

great poet. He must be a great original
interpreter of his time, his day, his age.

GROPUIS, WALTER Art and Architecture, the new unity.

KAHN, LOUIS Architecture is the reaching out for the


A house is a house.

MAILLART, ROBERT A bridge is like a house.

(February 6, 1872 April 5, 1940)

BURNHAM, DANIEL Make big plans; aim high in hope and

work, remembering that a noble, logical
diagram once recorded will not die.

Make no little plans; they have no magic to

stir mens blood.

SAARINEN, ELIEL Beauty grows from necessity not from

repetition of formulas.
Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen
Architectural-form equals social-form.
(August 20, 1873 July 1, 1950)

SAARINEN, EERO Function influence but does not dictate

(August 20, 1910 September 1, 1961) form.

PERRET, AUGUSTE Truth is indispensible to Architecture &

(February 12, 1874 - February 25, 1954) architectural lie concepts.

NIEMEYER, OSCAR Form follows beauty.

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares
Filho Architecture is invention.
(December 15, 1907 December 5, 2012)

NERVI, PIER LUIGI Structural correctness, which is

(June 21, 1891 January 9, 1979) identical with functional, technical &
economic is a necessary & sufficient
condition of satisfactory aesthetic result.


Maria Ludwig Michael Mies
(March 27, 1886 August 19, 1969) Architecture is the will of an epoch
translated into space.

Architecture starts when you carefully put

two bricks together. There it begins.

MENDELSOHN, ERICH Architecture seizes upon space,

(March 21, 1887 September 15, 1953) encompasses space and is space itself.

Architecture depends on the sensuous

seizure by means of touch and sight.

LOOS , ADOLF Supply and demand regulate architecture

(December 10, 1870 August 23, 1933) form

LE CORBUSIER The house is a Machine to live in.

Charles-douard Jeanneret-Gris
(October 6, 1887 August 27, 1965) Cube within a cube.

LATROBE , BENJAMIN H. A bldg. is the combination of different

(May 1, 1764 September 3, 1820) geometric figures.

JOHNSON, PHILIP CORTELYOU Architecture is the art of how to waste

(July 8, 1906 January 25, 2005) space

All architects want to live beyond their


GROPIUS, WALTER Architecture begins where engineering

(May 18, 1883 July 5, 1969) ends

BREUER, MARCEL LAJOS A Building has straight geometrical lines.

(May 21, 1902 July 1, 1981) Even when these lines are free, it must
always be evident that they have been
studied & that they did not spring up

Nature & Architecture are two different


Architecture is a social art.

POCIO, MARCUS VITRUVIUS Architecture must meet 3 requirements:

strength, beauty, and unity.