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The Architect

“A harmonious design requires that nothing be added
or taken away.”
Le Corbusier
“A house is a machine for living in.”
Le Corbusier
“Architecture is the learned game, correct and
magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.”
Mies van der Rohe
“Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into
Mies van der Rohe
“Less is more.”
Robert Venturi
“Less is a bore.”
Philip Johnson
“Architecture is the art of how to waste space.”
Louis Sullivan
“Form follows function.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
“The mother art is architecture. Without an
architecture of our own we have no soul of our own
Frank Lloyd Wright
“An idea is salvation by imagination.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
“Space is the breath of art.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
“A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly
so much as he is made by way of a cultivated,
enriched heart.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
“Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and
a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic
Winston Churchill
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
Gustave Eiffel
“The first principle of architectural beauty is that the
essential lines of a construction be determined by a
perfect appropriateness to its use.”
Richard Meier
“When I am asked what I believe in, I say that I believe
in architecture. Architecture is the mother of the arts.
I like to believe that architecture connects the present
with the past and the tangible with the intangible.”
Renzo Piano
“A museum is a place where one should lose one’s
Robert A.M. Stern
“The dialogue between client and architect is about
as intimate as any conversation you can have,
because when you’re talking about building a house,
you’re talking about dreams.”
Norman Foster
“As an architect you design for the present, with an
awareness of the past, for a future which is
essentially unknown.”
Norman Foster
“Architecture is an expression of values.”
Walter Gropius
“Architecture begins where engineering ends.”
Frank Gehry
“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but
yearn for timelessness.”
Frank Gehry
“98% of what gets built today is shit.”
Oscar Niemeyer
“My work is not about 'form follows function’, but
'form follows beauty' or, even better, 'form follows
Tadao Ando
“You cannot simply put something new into a place.
You have to absorb what you see around you, what
exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along
with contemporary thinking to interpret what you
Daniel Libeskind
“Architecture is not based on concrete and steel and
the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder.”
Buckminster Fuller
“When I’m working on a problem, I never think about

But when I’ve finished, if the solution is not beautiful I

know it’s wrong.”
Adolf Loos
“Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The
architect’s task therefore, is to make those
sentiments more precise.”
Adolf Loos
“Supply and demand regulate architectural form.”
Kenzo Tange
“Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be
expected to last long.”
Zaha Hadid
“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. “
Charles Eames
“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for
John Ruskin
“When we build, let us think that we build forever.”
Peter Eisenman
“The architecture we remember is that which never
consoles or comforts us.”
Eero Saarinen
“To me the drawn language is a very revealing
language: one can see in a few lines whether a man is
really an architect.”
Eliel Saarinen
“Always design a thing by considering it in its next
larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house,
a house in an environment, an environment in a city
Louis Kahn
“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
“Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from
selection, affinities, integration, and love.”
Paul Rudolph
“The essential element in architecture is the
manipulation of space. It is this essence which
separates it from all other arts.”
Rem Koolhaas
“Architecture is a dangerous mixture of power and
Antoni Gaudi
“Ornamentation has been, is, and will be polychrome.
Nature does not present us with an object in
monochrome, totally uniform with respect to colour –
not in vegetation, not in geology, not in topography,
not in the animal kingdom. Always the contrast of
colour is more or less lively, and for this reason we
must colour wholly or in part every architectural
Santiago Calatrava
“I am always searching for more light and space.”
Shigeru Ban
“I believe that the material doesn’t need to be strong
to be used to build a strong structure. The strength of
the structure has nothing to do with strength of the
Steven Holl
“For me, the excitement in architecture revolves
around the idea and the phenomenon of the
experience of that idea. Residences offer almost
immediate gratification. You can shape space, light,
and materials to a degree that you sometimes can't in
larger projects.”
Jørn Utzon
“There is a rumour that I can’t draw and never could.
This is probably because I work so much with
models. Models are one of the most beautiful design
tools, but I still do the finest drawings you can
Daniel Burnham
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's

Make big plans; aim high in hope and work,

remembering that a noble, logical diagram once
recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a
living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing
Alvar Aalto
“Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form.
We should try to bring in under the same hat not a
splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony
Richard Rogers
“My passion and great enjoyment for architecture,
and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is
because I believe we - architects - can affect the
quality of life of the people.”
Jean Nouvel
“Each new situation requires a new architecture.”
Christopher Wren
“Architecture aims at eternity.”
Edwin Lutyens
“There will never be great architects or great
architecture without great patrons.”
Toyo Ito
“Architects have made architecture too complex. We
need to simplify it and use a language that everyone
can understand.”
Michael Graves
“In any architecture, there is an equity between the
pragmatic function and the symbolic function.”
Aldo Rossi
“What surprises me most in architecture, as in other
techniques, is that a project has one life in its built
state but another in its written or drawn state."
Minoru Yamasaki
“The purpose of architecture is to create an
atmosphere in which man can live, work, and enjoy.”
Julia Morgan
“Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak
for themselves.”
Arthur Erickson
“Profit and bottom line, the contemporary mantra,
eliminates the very source of architectural
Bruce John Graham
“Architecture is the design of space, both interior and
exterior. So it’s much more closely related to dance
than it is to painting or sculpture.”
John Portman
“Architecture is not a private affair; even a house
must serve a whole family and its friends, and most
buildings are used by everybody, people of all walks
of life. If a building is to meet the needs of all the
people, the architect must look for some common
ground of understanding and experience.”
Harold Wagoner
“The great thing about being an architect is you can
walk into your dreams.”
Luis Barragan
“Architecture is an art when one consciously or
unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the
atmosphere and when this environment produces
well being.”
Arne Jacobsen
“If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.”
Alvaro Siza
“Tradition is a challenge to innovation.”
Odile Decq
“Architecture is much more than a profession; It’s a
John Pawson
“Architecture isn't just about creating new buildings,
sometimes its about retuning what's already there.”
Walter Gropius
“Our ultimate goal, therefore, was the composite but
inseparable work of art --- the great building --- in
which the old dividing line between monumental and
decorative elements would have disappeared