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Architecture Quotes :

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

Frank Lloyd Wright

Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.

Frank Lloyd Wright

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.

R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Tadao Ando

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

Winston Churchill

They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.

Henry David Thoreau

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.

Voltaire

I call architecture frozen music.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever good things we build end up building us.

Jim Rohn

I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.

Ayn Rand

A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.

Ayn Rand

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.

John Ruskin

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

John Ruskin

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Light, God’s eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.

Thomas Fuller

Less is more.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.

Thomas a Kempis

To me, a building – if it’s beautiful – is the love of one man, he’s made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that.

Martha Graham

All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!

T. E. Lawrence

Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.

Rem Koolhaas

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Frank Gehry

Architects of grandeur are often the master builders of disillusionment.

Bryant H. McGill

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.

Louis Kahn

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.

Louis Kahn

Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.

Antoni Gaudi

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.

Antoni Gaudi

Even though I build buildings and I pursue my architecture, I pursue it as an artist. I deliberately keep a tiny studio. I don’t want to be an architectural firm. I want to remain an artist.

Maya Lin

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

Maya Lin

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 together.

Alvar Aalto

We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city.

Alvar Aalto

When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan.

Tadao Ando

Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.

Arthur Erickson

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.

Arthur Erickson

Whenever we witness art in a building, we are aware of an energy contained by it.

Arthur Erickson

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.

Philip Johnson

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.

Philip Johnson

Form follows function.

Louis Sullivan

The building’s identity resided in the ornament.

Louis Sullivan

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 effect the quality of life of the people.

Richard Rogers

Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.

Richard Rogers

Nothing requires the architect’s care more than the due proportions of buildings.

Vitruvius

Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues.

Robert Smithson

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.

Le Corbusier

A house is a machine for living in.

Le Corbusier

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

Daniel Libeskind

Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.

Daniel Libeskind

What people want, above all, is order.

Stephen Gardiner

Victorian architecture in the United States was copied straight from England.

Stephen Gardiner

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

Stephen Gardiner

Architecture can’t fully represent the chaos and turmoil that are part of the human personality, but you need to put some of that turmoil into the architecture, or it isn’t real.

Frank Stella

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.

Adolf Loos

Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect’s task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.

Adolf Loos

Architecture is invention.

Oscar Niemeyer

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

Architecture begins where engineering ends.

Walter Gropius

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.

Constantin Brancusi

I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It’s about space and form and it’s something you can share with other people.

Donna Karan

No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.

Michael Ende

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.

Russell Lynes

To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.

Ai Weiwei

Architecture tends to consume everything else, it has become one’s entire life.

Arne Jacobsen

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns.

Arne Jacobsen

A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.

Guillaume Apollinaire

I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.

Luis Barragan

My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.

Luis Barragan

We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don’t go anywhere. They shouldn’t be restless.

Minoru Yamasaki

Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.

Ernest Dimnet

Don’t clap too hard – it’s a very old building.

John Osborne

Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.

Kenzo Tange

Buildings should serve people, not the other way around.

John Portman

Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their attention on the building as a static object. I believe dynamics are more important: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition.

John Portman

I have designed the most buildings of any living American architect.

Alexander Jackson Davis

I am but an architectural composer.

Alexander Jackson Davis

As a designer, the mission with which we have been charged is simple: providing space at the right cost.

Harry von Zell

I don’t believe in morality in architecture.

Michael Graves

Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand.

Toyo Ito

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

Julia Morgan

My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.

Julia Morgan

I’m often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That’s impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more.

Thom Mayne

But I absolutely believe that architecture is a social activity that has to do with some sort of communication or places of interaction, and that to change the environment is to change behaviour.

Thom Mayne

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.

Richard Meier

A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive.

Helmut Jahn

Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.

Helmut Jahn

Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture.

Bruce Jackson

Each new situation requires a new architecture.

Jean Nouvel

As architects we are often involved in the concrete-steel-and-glass aspect of it, but cities are social structures, and to be involved in imagining the future of cities and the type of relationships and the types of places that we’re making is something that intrigues me very much.

Michael Arad

Architecture is not an inspirational business, it’s a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that’s all.

Harry Seidler

The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.

Harry Seidler

At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together. I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture.

Martin Puryear

For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the belief that most planning and architectural design suffers for lack of real and basic purpose. The ultimate purpose, it seems to me, must be the improvement of mankind.

James Rouse

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 insistence.

Daniel Burnham

The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.

Saul Steinberg

Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.

Yoshio Taniguchi

In Los Angeles, by the time you’re 35, you’re older than most of the buildings.

Delia Ephron

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.

Robert A. M. Stern

Even at the United Nations, where legend has it that the building was designed so that there could be no corner offices, the expanse of glass in individual offices is said to be a dead giveaway as to rank. Five windows are excellent, one window not so great.

Enid Nemy

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.

Salvador Dali

It is good to learn from the ancients. I’m a bit of an ancient myself. They had a lot of time to think about architecture and landscape.

I. M. Pei

Architecture is art, nothing else.

Philip Johnson

Let us together create the new building of the future, which will be everything in one form: architecture and sculpture and painting.

Walter Gropius

Architects have created this fake separation between creation and execution. You can see it in architecture schools, where the students look down on going to contracts classes.

Joshua Prince-Ramus

Some people think architecture is about the genius sketch; I don’t. Great architecture is a collaboration among a lot of people over a long period of time.

Joshua Prince-Ramus

Architecture is by definition a very collaborative process.

Joshua Prince-Ramus

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

Ernest Hemingway

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.

Ernest Hemingway

I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work.

Bob Dylan

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.

Victor Hugo

The common thread for everything I do is this idea of a Web-services architecture. What does that mean? It means taking components of software and systems and having them be self-describing, so that you can aim them, ask them what their capabilities are, and communicate with them using a standard protocol.

Bill Gates

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.

Coco Chanel

Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.

Frank Lloyd Wright

It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled.

John Ruskin

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

John Ruskin

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.

Lord Byron

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

On inspection, Gaudi’s architecture isn’t whimsical at all.

P. J. O’Rourke

Tel Aviv is new, built on the sand dunes north of Jaffa in the 1890s, about the same time Miami was founded. The cities bear a resemblance in size, site, climate, and architecture, which ranges from the bland to the fancifully bland.

P. J. O’Rourke

The reason we chose vertical landing as our recovery architecture is that vertical landing scales really well.

Jeff Bezos

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.

Audre Lorde

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.

Milton Friedman

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Never talk to a client about architecture. Talk to him about his children. That is simply good politics. he will not understand what you have to say about architecture most of the time.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The problem of architecture has always been the same throughout time. Its authentic quality is reached through its proportions, and the proportions cost nothing. In fact, most of them are proportions among things, not the things themselves. Art is almost always a question of proportions.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Architecture depends on facts, but its real field of activity lies in the realm of the significance.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

When people are deprived of a sense, their other senses get heightened. If you’re culturally devoid of something – of weather, of artistry, of interesting architecture, all the way down the line to culture itself – you’re either forced to give in and get that car dealership, or you manufacture those things for yourself.

Tim Burton

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

Steve Martin

As a general rule, when a new industry takes root, and the first products emerge in a wave, almost always the architecture of the product will be proprietary and interdependent in character.

Clayton M. Christensen

The Internet is probably the most important technological advancement of my lifetime. Its strength lies in its open architecture and its ability to allow a framework where all voices can be heard.

Adam Savage

A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body.

Christian Dior

Convinced as I am and as I am from my government that the world needs a new moral architecture over all I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral.

Hugo Chavez

I don’t separate architecture, design, or culture. What’s more important is a language of creativity that carries meaning.

Neri Oxman

In the United States alone, 450 billion square feet of glass facade is produced every year. What if we could take this chance to use the glass to harness solar energy and allow the architecture to respond to the light and heat of the sun, to create photosynthesis and generate solar energy?

Neri Oxman

I grew up in a modernist house, in a modernist culture. There was a love for modernism everywhere – the furniture, the books, the food, even the cutlery. So I learned very early to appreciate the value of design and the value of architecture.

Neri Oxman

Forms in nature are a byproduct of a reciprocal action between a given material and the conditions of the environment. But in architecture, the process is the direct opposite: First you decide on the form, and then you think how to build it in reality.

Neri Oxman

I object to the hegemony of form in contemporary architecture. We have very advanced technological tools, but ultimately, we create buildings exactly like we used to before: We send the drawings to an engineer and let him struggle with figuring out how to build it.

Neri Oxman

In architecture the idea degenerated. Design allows a more direct and pleasurable route.

Charles Eames

Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years, so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture.

Rem Koolhaas

Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major drivers and has been from the very beginning.

Rem Koolhaas

People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that’s both liberating and alarming.

Rem Koolhaas

The intellectual force of the West is still dominant, but other cultures are getting stronger. I expect that we will develop a new way of thinking in architecture and urban planning, and that less will be based on our models.

Rem Koolhaas

What is now called ‘green architecture’ is an opportunistic caricature of a much deeper consideration of the issues related to sustainability that architecture has been engaged with for many years. It was one of the first professions that was deeply concerned with these issues and that had an intellectual response to them.

Rem Koolhaas

Infrastructure is much more important than architecture.

Rem Koolhaas

Architecture is a rare collective profession: it’s always exercised by groups. There is an essential modesty, which is a complete contradiction to the notion of a star.

Rem Koolhaas

There’s nothing Dutch about my architecture.

Rem Koolhaas

Liquid architecture. It’s like jazz – you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it’s a way of – for me, it’s a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.

Frank Gehry

Look, architecture has a lot of places to hide behind, a lot of excuses. ‘The client made me do this.’ ‘The city made me do this.’ ‘Oh, the budget.’ I don’t believe that anymore.

Frank Gehry

Architecture is a service business. An architect is given a program, budget, place, and schedule. Sometimes the end product rises to art – or at least people call it that.

Frank Gehry

There are a lot of questions about whether architecture is art. The people who ask that think pretty tract houses are architecture. But that doesn’t hold up.

Frank Gehry

Chicago’s one of the rare places where architecture is more visible.

Frank Gehry

I don’t want to do architecture that’s dry and dull.

Frank Gehry

Architecture has always been a very idealistic profession. It’s about making the world a better place, and it works over the generations because people go on vacation and they look for it.

Frank Gehry

I think people care. If not, why do so many people spend money going on vacations to see architecture? They go to the Parthenon, to Chartres, to the Sydney Opera House. They go to Bilbao… Something compels them, and yet we live surrounded by everything but great architecture.

Frank Gehry

It’s not new that architecture can profoundly affect a place, sometimes transform it. Architecture and any art can transform a person, even save someone.

Frank Gehry

I am an engineer, not just an architect, so I’ve always been motivated by technique or technology. As soon as technology moves just a little bit, it changes architecture.

Santiago Calatrava

My private work is touched by this destiny of understanding that architecture and engineering have a social character and can serve the community.

Santiago Calatrava

The bones of my architecture are very much related to the structure, to the physical fact of how a building can stand up; it’s also related to geometry and a certain understanding of the architecture in which there is a balance between expression and function.

Santiago Calatrava

I became a fanatic of the architecture of Le Corbusier and I visited almost all his buildings and read all his books. Only later on did I discover that all the things that impressed me in his books, particular his ideology, he had picked up from Auguste Perret.

Santiago Calatrava

Because of the nature of the profession of architecture, the art of architecture nourishes itself from other disciplines.

Santiago Calatrava

When I was in architecture school, I became curious about the exact mathematics, physics, and construction of the great structures I had been studying. I wanted to know how these amazing things would work: the Pantheon, the dome of Michelangelo, the dome of Brunelleschi. So I decided to study civil engineering.

Santiago Calatrava

I visited Notre Dame at 11 in the morning and the sun was entering through the south rose window, it was so impressive. This is when architecture can be king and give people sensations, like music.

Santiago Calatrava

When I moved to Switzerland to study at ETH Zurich I became fascinated by Swiss architecture.

Santiago Calatrava

The world of sculpture precedes by many years the world of architecture.

Santiago Calatrava

When I work on sculpture, I don’t have to worry about function. When I work on a piece of architecture, I must think about function all the time.

Santiago Calatrava

There is one way that architecture is superior to sculpture, and that is scale. You can walk into a building and have it all around you.

Santiago Calatrava

Architecture is one of the art forms best able to improve and revitalise cities both artistically and functionally.

Santiago Calatrava

The difference between architecture and engineering comes in only with the creation of schools. It’s a bureaucratic distinction. The result of both disciplines is the construction of objects in a landscape.

Santiago Calatrava

Think about what happens when architecture becomes ruins. All you have left are some little columns on a cliff, but it’s still such an overwhelming experience that you could say architecture is that which makes ruins beautiful.

Santiago Calatrava

What architecture does is what a coat does for our body. It wraps us.

Santiago Calatrava

You must understand the difference between being an architect and a politician. Architecture is a profession of perseverance. You have to come through. The politician is there to blame someone.

Santiago Calatrava

Architecture is a code. It’s a pure code, derived from the dimensions of nature.

Santiago Calatrava

Architecture is a wrapping for the human body, and dance is the finest expression of the body.

Santiago Calatrava

I have tried to get close to the frontier between architecture and sculpture and to understand architecture as an art.

Santiago Calatrava

Architecture, like dance, is also a language – one that everybody understands.

Santiago Calatrava

I don’t see any difference between architecture and engineering. It’s the same profession.

Santiago Calatrava

I paint and work as a sculptor, and I see architecture as an art… If you follow this approach you can use techniques to the service of man and to the service of an artistic idea, and beauty.

Santiago Calatrava

My architecture is very much place-related.

Santiago Calatrava

Though I love the arts with all my heart – paintings, sculpture, theatre, and music – and think they are among the biggest achievements we humans can do, I am really convinced that architecture is among the most important.

Santiago Calatrava

In my early 20s I was so miserable doing construction, I wanted something that paid money. I liked nice stuff. I liked cars and architecture, and things that cost money. I wanted to not swing a hammer, and make money… and not do stuff that was dirty. I attempted to get into comedy. I started to do stand-up, but I wasn’t very good at it.

Adam Carolla

I don’t really get into architecture in the hotel room. But maybe a little Feng Shui here and there.

Drew Barrymore

It was my interest in happiness that led me to the subject of habits, and of course, the study of habits is really the study of happiness. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness.

Gretchen Rubin

I didn’t even have a clear idea of why I wanted to go to Oxford – apart from the fact I had fallen in love with the architecture. It certainly wasn’t out of some great sense of academic or intellectual achievement. In many ways, my education only began after I’d left university.

Alan Bennett

I’ve gone to school for business, for design, for architecture.

Venus Williams

The art of dancing stands at the source of all the arts that express themselves first in the human person. The art of building, or architecture, is the beginning of all the arts that lie outside the person; and in the end they unite.

Havelock Ellis

People wouldn’t know this about me, but I adore ball gowns. I love their cut, their architecture and the thought of the hands of so many seamstresses working on them.

Patti Smith

You get one chance to do something about native title. You get perhaps one chance in your life to do something about a republic. You get one chance, your chance, to build a piece of the political architecture in the Pacific. I wasn’t going to give those up.

Paul Keating

I’m not a religious person. But, when I look at a beautiful cathedral, what brings awe, what induces awe is the idea that architecture, you know, a beautiful cathedral, a beautiful building.

Jason Silva

I feel I can handle the architecture of dance as well as anybody.

Twyla Tharp

My husband John’s and my breaks are often very culture heavy. He cannot pass a museum without venturing inside, so we tend to see a lot of architecture and so-called places of interest.

Prue Leith

I’m very interested in architecture.

Nikki Sixx

I’ve always thought that design can have equal importance to the idea of internal architecture. Professionally, things can be very dogmatic – you do the architecture, someone else does the interiors, someone else does the furniture, the fabric, etc. But I think design is all-encompassing.

Zaha Hadid

I really love Miami, but I don’t think the architecture matches the city. It’s a bit too commercial.

Zaha Hadid

Architecture is particularly difficult for women; there’s no reason for it to be. I don’t want to blame men or society, but I think it was for a long time, the clients were men, the building industry is all male.

Zaha Hadid

Architecture is unnecessarily difficult. It’s very tough.

Zaha Hadid

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

Zaha Hadid

As a woman, I’m expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don’t design nice buildings – I don’t like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality.

Zaha Hadid

Architecture is how the person places herself in the space. Fashion is about how you place the object on the person.

Zaha Hadid

I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.

Zaha Hadid

Half of architecture students are women, and you see respected, established female architects all the time.

Zaha Hadid

Of course I believe imaginative architecture can make a difference to people’s lives, but I wish it was possible to divert some of the effort we put into ambitious museums and galleries into the basic architectural building blocks of society.

Zaha Hadid

London, from the architecture to the culture to the fashion to the accents, feels like it’s a special place.

G-Eazy

I’m a designer, which includes interiors, architecture, fashion, furniture, and lifestyle.

Kelly Wearstler

For me, architecture is the means, not the end. It’s a means of making different life forms possible.

Bjarke Ingels

I think architecture is rarely the product of a single ideology. It’s more like it can be shaped by a really big idea. It can accommodate a lot of life forms.

Bjarke Ingels

I believe that architecture, as anything else in life, is evolutionary. Ideas evolve; they don’t come from outer space and crash into the drawing board.

Bjarke Ingels

In the big picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives.

Bjarke Ingels

Architecture is restricted to such a limited vocabulary. A building is either a high-rise or a perimeter block or a town house.

Bjarke Ingels

I wanted to be a cartoonist, but there was no cartoon academy. So I enrolled in the Royal Danish Art Academy School of Architecture. But then I really got smitten by architecture.

Bjarke Ingels

When I started studying architecture, people would say, you know, ‘Can you tell me why are all modern buildings so boring?’ Because, like, people had this idea that in the good old days, architecture had, like, ornament and little towers and spires and gargoyles, and today, it just becomes very practical.

Bjarke Ingels

The ‘International Style of Modernism’ came with the advent of building services. In the end, the architecture became like a container space, essentially like a boring box with a basement full of machinery to make it inhabitable. As a result, buildings literally started to look identical all over the planet.

Bjarke Ingels

One of the dilemmas of architecture in general is that there is a Catch-22 – you can’t actually get to be commissioned to do certain types of building until you’ve already built that type of building. So it seems to be incredibly hard to get going.

Bjarke Ingels

People outside the profession of architecture perhaps often lack the understanding of how their physical environment comes into being. What are the processes, the concerns and considerations? What are the parameters that shape the world around them?

Bjarke Ingels

I was studying architecture at Berkeley when my father passed away in 2007. We knew he had cancer, but we didn’t expect it to escalate so rapidly. In my mind, it was like, ‘He’ll pull through.’ When he didn’t, I didn’t understand. I was 21, and my best friend had died.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Like in great painting and architecture, in couture, to make clothes you must eliminate, eliminate, eliminate to obtain the true sense of a line. You see, the more you add, the more you load on, the more it’s mad. You must try to have just the silhouette, which is an intelligence in clothes.

Hubert de Givenchy

I haven’t really got a green thumb, but I love gardens and their architecture.

Hubert de Givenchy

If I was influenced by anything, it was architecture: structure having to do with logic. If you don’t do it right, the whole thing is going to cave in. In a certain sense, you can carry that to graphic design. Fortunately, however, nobody is going to die if you do it wrong.

Paul Rand

Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.

Louis Kahn

Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.

Louis Kahn

Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.

Louis Kahn

If people want to see Beaux-Arts, it’s fine with me. I’m interested in good architecture as anybody else.

Louis Kahn

Architecture struck me between the eye and the eyeball.

Louis Kahn

My guilty pleasure is I like to watch a lot of HGTV. I really like watching design shows about houses, like extreme homes. Like buying a bridge and turning it into a house or something like that. I really am interested in home design or something like that… architecture.

Taylor Schilling

I love antique architecture, so if I have any indulgences, I have owned and renovated and reconstructed a lot of old houses.

Daryl Hall

I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don’t work on it directly. Beauty in architecture is driven by practicality. This is what you learn from studying the old townscapes of the Swiss farmers.

Peter Zumthor

I work a little bit like a sculptor. When I start, my first idea for a building is with the material. I believe architecture is about that. It’s not about paper, it’s not about forms. It’s about space and material.

Peter Zumthor

Architecture to me is whole. I cannot say I only care about this 25% and the other 75% I let go… it’s just I want to work the way I want to work. In my shop, you can order certain things and other things you cannot. They are not available.

Peter Zumthor

Architecture is exposed to life. If its body is sensitive enough, it can assume a quality that bears witness to past life.

Peter Zumthor

In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings and speak its own language.

Peter Zumthor

If you look at the Earth without architecture, it’s sometimes a little bit unpleasant. So there is this basic human need to do shelter in the broadest sense of the word, whether it’s a movie theater or a simple log cabin in the mountains. This is the core of architecture: To provide a space for human beings.

Peter Zumthor

There is still a real need for good quality architecture, not paper architecture, but the real stuff.

Peter Zumthor

Architecture has its place in the concrete world. This is where it exists. This is where it makes its statement.

Peter Zumthor

I love Chicago. It’s one of the great cities. I’m crazy about the town. It reminds me of New York when it was at its best, the New York that used to be and is no more. I love the architecture, the old stuff and the new stuff.

Peter Falk

I probably spent the first 20 years of my life wanting to be as American as possible. Through my 20s, and into my 30s, I began to become aware of how so much of my art and architecture has a decidedly Eastern character.

Maya Lin

I left science, then I went into art, but I approach things very analytically. I choose to pursue both art and architecture as completely separate fields rather than merging them.

Maya Lin

The process I go through in the art and the architecture, I actually want it to be almost childlike. Sometimes I think it’s magical.

Maya Lin

In art or architecture your project is only done when you say it’s done. If you want to rip it apart at the eleventh hour and start all over again, you never finish. I was one of those crazy creatures.

Maya Lin

I loved logic, math, computer programming. I loved systems and logic approaches. And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.

Maya Lin

Art is very tricky because it’s what you do for yourself. It’s much harder for me to make those works than the monuments or the architecture.

Maya Lin

Architecture is changing faster than some other professions.

Moshe Safdie

There is a profound ethic to architecture which is different from the other arts.

Moshe Safdie

Architecture should be rooted in the past, and yet be part of our own time and forward looking.

Moshe Safdie

Architecture has joined the world of fashion, but fashion is passing and architecture is timeless.

Moshe Safdie

I could have been an architect, but I don’t think I’d have been very happy. Nearly all modern architecture is a silly game as far as I can see.

Roger Waters

Blockchain technology isn’t just a more efficient way to settle securities. It will fundamentally change market structures, and maybe even the architecture of the Internet itself.

Abigail Johnson

I am involved in the architecture of space.

James Turrell

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent – not with how things are but with how they might be – in short, with design.

Herbert A. Simon

One my favorite things is to go to the provinces of Russia and see the 18th century wood churches with the onion dome architecture. These humble wonders of incredible imagination of architects that were obviously not living in places like Paris or London, but they’ve created these amazing churches.

Andre Leon Talley

I want to abolish time, especially in the contemplation of architecture.

Piet Mondrian

All of these technologies that we are putting together… our memory technology, our CPU, our graphics architecture, our GPUs – all that is being applied to where the data is. You can almost predict where Intel will be in the future. It will be where data resides.

Brian Krzanich

Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.

Alvar Aalto

God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.

Alvar Aalto

The ultimate goal of the architect…is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.

Alvar Aalto

Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.

Alvar Aalto

Architecture is not merely national but clearly has local ties in that it is rooted in the earth.

Alvar Aalto

Just as it takes time for a speck of fish spawn to develop into a fully grown fish, so, too, we need time for everything that develops and crystallizes in the world of ideas. Architecture demands more of this time than other creative work.

Alvar Aalto

The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.

Alvar Aalto

What makes Burning Man special is the location: a 9-mile circle of gypsum, an ancient dried ocean bed. The ground is like a flat crust with no plants or insects, a perfect outdoor gallery for monumental interactive sculpture and architecture.

Alex Grey

Every problem is super-interesting and has its own nuances, and you solve it today, but you try to solve it with an architecture. You build a machine to solve the problems that are like it later. And then you move on to the next.

Travis Kalanick

The building of the architecture of a novel – the craft of it – is something I never tire of.

John Irving

I’ve always been interested in art, architecture, color.

Lee Radziwill

Modern architecture needed to be part of an evolutionary, not a revolutionary, process.

I. M. Pei

A lasting architecture has to have roots.

I. M. Pei

I think the artistic side of architecture was natural to me. My mother was an artist and a poet.

I. M. Pei

I’ve never left China. My family’s been there for 600 years. But my architecture is not consciously Chinese in any sense. I’m a western architect.

I. M. Pei

I came, I studied architecture in America, so my technical background’s completely western. But my seventeen years, the formative years of one’s life, and I can’t say that the Chineseness in me is not there.

I. M. Pei

To me, form doesn’t always follow function. Form has a life of its own, and at times, it may be the motivating force in design. When you’re dealing with form as a sculptor, you feel that you are quite free in attempting to mould and shape things you want to do, but in architecture, it’s much more difficult because it has to have a function.

I. M. Pei

The essence of architecture is form and space, and light is the essential element to the key to architectural design, probably more important than anything. Technology and materials are secondary.

I. M. Pei

In northern architecture – the cathedrals of Europe and all the little churches – the details, the carving of stone, become necessary because the light is not there to help you very much. You have to enrich surfaces. The desert reduces form to its simplest nature. There is no need for gargoyles or flying buttresses in the desert.

I. M. Pei

Architecture must not do violence to space or its neighbors.

I. M. Pei

If I weren’t involved with food, I’d be working in architecture. Design is that critical to me.

Alice Waters

I do speak Mandarin, and I also relate to the hunger that China has for culture and architecture and style.

Vera Wang

Our overriding goal in restructuring our financial architecture should be that taxpayers never again have to save a failing financial institution.

Henry Paulson

I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.

Tadao Ando

Japanese traditional architecture is created based on these conditions. This is the reason you have a very high degree of connection between the outside and inside in architecture.

Tadao Ando

The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.

Tadao Ando

Without this spirit, Modernist architecture cannot fully exist. Since there is often a mismatch between the logic and the spirit of Modernism, I use architecture to reconcile the two.

Tadao Ando

Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture.

Tadao Ando

All those involved in the construction of an architectural design, from the architect to the builder, have an attachment to the architecture, although it’s difficult to quantify the attachment.

Tadao Ando

Japanese architecture is traditionally based on wooden structures that need renovating on a regular basis.

Tadao Ando

Spiritual space is lost in gaining convenience. I saw the need to create a mixture of Japanese spiritual culture and modern western architecture.

Tadao Ando

I believe that architecture is fundamentally a public space where people can gather and communicate, think about the history, think about the lives of human beings, or the world.

Tadao Ando

All architecture has a public nature, I believe, so I would like to make a public space.

Tadao Ando

Since I am a Japanese man who’s been building through the experience of Japanese architecture, my actual designs come from Japanese architectural concepts, although they’re based on Western methods and materials.

Tadao Ando

Landscape architecture is basically geodesign; it’s designing geography. And yet geodesign is not only done by landscape architects, it’s done by some of the world’s largest corporations.

Jack Dangermond

I think it is widely agreed that Carl Steinitz, over the 50 years he taught at Harvard, has been one of the most important figures in influencing the theory and practice of landscape architecture and the application of computer technology to planning.

Jack Dangermond

Architecture doesn’t come from theory. You don’t think your way through a building.

Arthur Erickson

Does an architecture to assuage the spirit have a place?

Arthur Erickson

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.

Arthur Erickson

The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.

Arthur Erickson

The new architecture of transparency and lightness comes from Japan and Europe.

Arthur Erickson

The way of architecture is the quiet voice that underlies it and has guided it from the beginning.

Arthur Erickson

Today’s developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise.

Arthur Erickson

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.

Arthur Erickson

We are stymied by regulations, limited choice and the threat of litigation. Neither consultants nor industry itself provide research which takes architecture forward.

Arthur Erickson

Concrete you can mold, you can press it into – after all, you haven’t any straight lines in your body. Why should we have straight lines in our architecture? You’d be surprised when you go into a room that has no straight line – how marvelous it is that you can feel the walls talking back to you, as it were.

Philip Johnson

Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space.

Philip Johnson

The future of architecture is culture.

Philip Johnson

Once you learn to look at architecture not merely as an art more or less well or more or less badly done, but as a social manifestation, the critical eye becomes clairvoyant.

Louis Sullivan

Architecture was pretty much the sexiest thing to be doing from 1700-1800.

Kevin McCloud

I got into this little habit of architecture and building. I designed a house in Colorado and one in Hawaii. The idea is supposed to be build and sell – but then I can never bring myself to sell them.

Trey Parker

I try to shut out ideas about why you should do things. Trying to do good architecture and really designing a career? There’s some attention to be paid to that, but I don’t think it’s everything.

Rachel McAdams

Aesthetically, London is just beautiful; it’s a gorgeous city. The architecture, monuments, the parks, the small streets – it’s an incredible place to be.

Sara Bareilles

I believe very strongly, and have fought since many years ago – at least over 30 years ago – to get architecture not just within schools, but architecture talked about under history, geography, science, technology, art.

Richard Rogers

Architecture is about public space held by buildings.

Richard Rogers

Of course I know very little about architecture, and the older I get the less I know.

Richard Rogers

Architecture is a slow business, and city planning even slower.

Richard Rogers

Architecture is a living thing. If I want to leave something to the future, it has to be able to change – but retain something of the ethos that we built up over 50 years.

Richard Rogers

Architecture is measured against the past; you build in the future, and you try to imagine the future.

Richard Rogers

My architecture tends to be legible, light and flexible. You can read it. You look at a building, and you can see how it is constructed. I put the structure outside.

Richard Rogers

Architecture is always political.

Richard Rogers

I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting, something connected to the fine arts.

Catherine Deneuve

Architecture is a science arising out of many other sciences, and adorned with much and varied learning; by the help of which a judgment is formed of those works which are the result of other arts.

Vitruvius

The organizational architecture is really that a centipede walks on hundred legs and one or two don’t count. So if I lose one or two legs, the process will go on, the organization will go on, the growth will go on.

Mukesh Ambani

I like the architecture of lingerie.

Colleen Atwood

The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm. Geometry and anguish.

Federico Garcia Lorca

In effect, the Internet is a global connection of interconnected computers. It has been described as truly a peer-to-peer system with many distributed nodes and no central point of control architecture.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago

If you’re inclined to dismiss L.A. as a place of unrelenting vapidity and generic 1980s architecture, then you’re doing yourself and L.A. a huge disservice, and you’re just not looking hard enough.

Moby

There’s a Danish architecture firm called BIG. I love architecture, and I always check out their work; they’re very good at reimagining the way we live. They put the human experience as the focus, with access to air and outdoor space.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

The spirituality of the music is something that I always search for in what I do, because I think that music has to have everything inside: a strong architecture, a support, the emotion.

Ludovico Einaudi

There’s a very mathematical, mechanical side to architecture, and I probably lean more toward that aspect of it, though I’m terrible at numbers. But that side appeals to me more than the decorating aspect.

Eric Dane

Unesco can rightly be claimed as one of Britain’s greatest contributions to that global architecture of peace, and for Penny Mordaunt to be willing to destroy that legacy by withdrawing Britain’s membership is nothing but historical and cultural vandalism.

Emily Thornberry

I love the architecture magazines and all of the French magazines for decoration or whatever. I end up enjoying them more sometimes than the fashion magazines.

Francois Nars

To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.

Le Corbusier

I always point out to my Passover guests that the Hebrews were not living in isolation. They were at the crossroads of several great, elaborate cultures with their own mythology and religion and art and architecture and cultural belief. In fact, so many of the mythologies of the world describe the same events, just from different points of view.

Harold Ramis

Winning a competition in architecture is a ticket to oblivion. It’s just an idea. Ninety-nine per cent never get built.

Daniel Libeskind

I studied architecture in New York. So, really I was very moved, like everyone else, to try to contribute something that has that resonance and profundity of it means to all of us.

Daniel Libeskind

The only job that was ever of interest to me other than filmmaking is architecture.

Christopher Nolan

The thing about Chicago is that it really isn’t like any other place. The architecture and the layout of the city are the best. I’m from the Midwest, and consider myself a Midwesterner. I feel most at home there. I love California. I have great friends in California. I just have always considered Illinois to be home.

Vince Vaughn

The logic of Palladian architecture presented an aesthetic formula which could be applied universally.

Stephen Gardiner

The English light is so very subtle, so very soft and misty, that the architecture responded with great delicacy of detail.

Stephen Gardiner

The Egyptian contribution to architecture was more concerned with remembering the dead than the living.

Stephen Gardiner

Of all the lessons most relevant to architecture today, Japanese flexibility is the greatest.

Stephen Gardiner

Georgian architecture respected the scale of both the individual and the community.

Stephen Gardiner

French architecture always manages to combine the most magnificent underlying themes of architecture; like Roman design, it looks to the community.

Stephen Gardiner

When Washington visited Portsmouth in 1789, he was not much impressed by the architecture of the little town that had stood by him so stoutly in the struggle for independence.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The more centralized the power, the less compromises need to be made in architecture.

Peter Eisenman

I am immersed in architecture all day, working in my office or teaching.

Peter Eisenman

The problem with digital architecture is that an algorithm can produce endless variations, so an architect has many choices.

Peter Eisenman

Architecture is definitely a political act.

Peter Eisenman

I don’t believe that classical architecture is enough to engage people anymore. They say: ‘So what else is new?’

Peter Eisenman

I truly believe that the great heroes that create the history of architecture are people who take risks and write to tell about it.

Peter Eisenman

The Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio comes from afar. Our land has a millennial history of emigrations: master masons, architects, builders, decorators, plasterers, artists from the world of building.

Mario Botta

In 1996, I took advantage of some favourable circumstances to propose to the state of the Ticino Canton the foundation of the Academy of Architecture and, with it, an Italian-speaking university in Switzerland.

Mario Botta

To me it was fascinating, the idea of going to university and studying a subject – architecture – that I had already faced in building some small houses.

Mario Botta

Great architecture of the past was always clear. SFMOMA is still a simple building to understand.

Mario Botta

Buildings in modern cities have lost their metaphoric aspect. Much contemporary architecture is very fragmented and busy on the outside. It’s like a skin or a skull, but you don’t know what’s inside.

Mario Botta

For me, architecture is not just creating a space to protect people but to make them dream as well.

Mario Botta

Church architecture describes visually the idea of the sacred, which is a fundamental need of man.

Mario Botta

Does it follow that the house has nothing in common with art and is architecture not to be included in the arts? Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument. Everything else that fulfils a function is to be excluded from the domain of art.

Adolf Loos

I was going to be an architect. I graduated with a degree in architecture and I had a scholarship to go back to Princeton and get my Masters in architecture. I’d done theatricals in college, but I’d done them because it was fun.

James Stewart

I don’t think architecture is radical. How can something that takes years and costs millions be radical?

David Chipperfield

Architecture has curled up in a ball and it’s about itself. It has found itself either as a freakshow, where you’re not sure if it’s good or bad but at least it’s interesting, or at the behest of forces of commerce.

David Chipperfield

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

David Chipperfield

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

David Chipperfield

I like to be surrounded by books. My wife Evelyn has a Ph.D. in comparative literature, so we have a lot of her Spanish and German literature books which are wasted on me, plus a lot of novels and books on art and architecture shared by us both. Evelyn used to edit an art magazine called ‘FMR,’ so we have a common interest in design.

David Chipperfield

I suppose I’m trying to build an architecture that’s as timeless as possible, although we’re all creatures of our age.

David Chipperfield

A building is no good if someone’s got to explain to you why it’s good. You can’t say you don’t know enough about architecture – that’s ridiculous. It’s got to work on many levels.

David Chipperfield

Seeing architecture differently from the way you see the rest of life is a bit weird. I believe one should be consistent in all that one does, from the books you read to the way you bring up your children. Everything you do is connected.

David Chipperfield

Itjtawy was ancient Egypt’s capital for over four hundred years, at a period of time called the Middle Kingdom about four thousand years ago. The site is located in the Faiyum of Egypt, and the site is really important because in the Middle Kingdom there was this great renaissance for ancient Egyptian art, architecture and religion.

Sarah Parcak

Architecture will always express the technical and social progress of the country in which it is carried out. If we wish to give it the human content that it lacks, we must participate in the political struggle.

Oscar Niemeyer

I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.

Oscar Niemeyer

Architecture is my work, and I’ve spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings.

Oscar Niemeyer

It was the drawing that led me to architecture, the search for light and astonishing forms.

Oscar Niemeyer

It is not with architecture that one can disseminate any political ideology.

Oscar Niemeyer

When you found a company, you have the original vision, you make all the original decisions, you know every employee, you kind of know every aspect of the product architecture and its limitations.

Ben Horowitz

We all love musical architecture; there’s no doubt about that.

Levon Helm

In architecture you should live for 150 years, because you have to learn in the first 75 years.

Renzo Piano

In a way I spend my entire life stealing from everything – from the past, from cities I love, from where I grew up – grabbing things, taking not only from architecture but from Italy, art, writing, poetry, music.

Renzo Piano

There is something about giving everything to your profession. In Italian, an obsession is not necessarily negative. It’s the art of putting all your energy into one thing; it’s the art of transforming even what you eat for lunch into architecture.

Renzo Piano

Architecture is a very dangerous job. If a writer makes a bad book, eh, people don’t read it. But if you make bad architecture, you impose ugliness on a place for a hundred years.

Renzo Piano

I came to architecture from building. Because my father was a builder, everybody was – and is – a builder in my family.

Renzo Piano

You have to accept as an architect to be exposed to criticism. Architecture should not rely on full harmony.

Renzo Piano

London is one of the most civilised places in the world for the procedure of making architecture and urban design.

Renzo Piano

The substance of fictional architecture is not bricks and mortar but evanescent consciousness.

John Updike

The general public, formerly profoundly indifferent to everything to do with building, has been shaken out of its torpor; personal interest in architecture as something that concerns every one of us in our daily lives has been very widely aroused; and the broad line of its future development are already clearly discernible.

Walter Gropius

The development of the New Architecture encountered serious obstacles at a very early stage of its development. Conflicting theories and the dogmas enunciated in architects’ personal manifestos all helped to confuse the main issue.

Walter Gropius

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

I cannot imagine myself fitting into the existing curriculum. I am too self-willed for that and have had my own very definite ideas for a long time, very different from the existing ways, as to how architecture is to be taught.

Walter Gropius

The Bauhaus strives to bring together all creative effort into one whole, to reunify all the disciplines of practical art – sculpture, painting, handicrafts, and crafts – as inseparable components of a new architecture.

Walter Gropius

Good architecture should be a projection of life itself, and that implies an intimate knowledge of biological, social, technical, and artistic problems.

Walter Gropius

In Zagreb, the Old Town really could be Prague. You go two hours to the coast to Opatija, and you really could be in the South of France, in the Croatian Riviera. And then you head down the coast towards Split, and you get into more Turkish architecture, so you can double Istanbul.

James Watkins

I love a lot of things, and I’m pretty much obsessive about most things I do, whether it be gardening, or architecture, or music. I’d be an obsessive hairdresser.

Gates McFadden

With vocal and choral music, first and foremost, it’s the text. Not only do I need to serve the text, but the text – when I’m doing it right – acts as the perfect ‘blueprint’, and all the architecture is there. The poet has done the heavy lifting, so my job is to find the soul of the poem and then somehow translate that into music.

Eric Whitacre

I attended classes and taught classes, in Food Anthropology at Pace University, with an anthropology professor. You can trace history by the architecture and food of a place. Food is one of those things that transcends and stays in the culture.

Lidia Bastianich

I love architecture.

Chris Pine

All real education is the architecture of the soul.

William Bennett

Chroniclers of the role of paper in history are given to extravagant pronouncements: Architecture would not have been possible without paper. Without paper, there would have been no Renaissance. If there had been no paper, the Industrial Revolution would not have been possible. None of these statements is true.

Mark Kurlansky

The thing is that when you are a director, you need to be involved in a lot of different fields. You must be a psychologist, an architecture expert; you must be a choreographer.

Denis Villeneuve

To me… San Francisco is an ideal city, intellectually stimulating and naturally beautiful. The oceans and forests are close enough to refresh the spirit; the architecture is always exciting.

Ruth Bernhard

I don’t know why I’ve always been so captivated by architecture.

Tim Gunn

Everyone should be able to build, and as long as this freedom to build does not exist, the present-day planned architecture cannot be considered art at all.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

I was a student at Columbia College, actually, in the Architecture school. Paul would drive in from Queens, showing me these new songs. I can’t remember us working it out.

Art Garfunkel

Telco cloud and virtualization remain a clear priority for us, and we became the first vendor to supply a commercial telco cloud solution compliant with ETSI Architecture for end-to-end voice-over-LTE services.

Rajeev Suri

I see the Beijing National Stadium as an architectural project. I accepted Herzog and De Meuron’s invitation to collaborate on the design, and our proposal won the competition. From beginning to end, I stayed with the project. I am committed to fostering relationships between a city and its architecture.

Ai Weiwei

And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture.

Arne Jacobsen

I don’t see that any buildings should be excluded from the term architecture, as long as they are done properly.

Arne Jacobsen

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.

Arne Jacobsen

If architecture had nothing to do with art, it would be astonishingly easy to build houses, but the architect’s task – his most difficult task – is always that of selecting.

Arne Jacobsen

In addressing a task, one almost always has several possible options, sometimes only a few, and they may all be practical and functional. But they lack the aesthetic aspect that raises it to architecture.

Arne Jacobsen

The real architecture happens within the works themselves, and that was done by the composer. That’s where the real skill is. In putting together a program, you’re more a curator, but that’s important as well. And then the interpreting of it is where our big job is.

Joshua Bell

Good conductors know when to let an orchestra lead itself. Ninety percent of what a conductor does comes in the rehearsal – the vision, the structure, the architecture.

Joshua Bell

Trying to describe something musical is like dancing to architecture, it’s really difficult.

Robert Palmer

Architecture and building is about how you get around the obstacles that are presented to you. That sometimes determines how successful you’ll be: How good are you at going around obstacles?

Jeremy Renner

The visual architecture of ‘Biutiful’ is the most sophisticated of all the films I have directed.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I see only one requirement you have to have to be a director or any kind of artist: rhythm. Rhythm, for me, is everything. Without rhythm, there’s no music. Without rhythm, there’s no cinema. Without rhythm, there’s no architecture.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The artistic part of us all – I think that the easiest way to appreciate this – is through architecture. Architecture is very impressive; the beauty of buildings, temples.

Carlos Slim

Until the Eighties, Oslo was a rather boring town, but it’s changed a lot, and is now much more cosmopolitan. If I go downtown, I visit the harbour to see the tall ships and the ferries, and to admire the modern architecture such as the Opera House or the new Astrup Fearnley Museum on the water’s edge.

Jo Nesbo

Downtown Toronto is a very good place to talk about the neutrality of modernist architecture. I’m sure this kind of box-building was interesting in the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, but I think it’s absolutely ridiculous to build like this in 2013.

Stefan Sagmeister

I do believe architecture, and all art, should be content-driven. It should have something to say beyond the sensational.

Charles Jencks

If you look at any leaf on any tree branch, it’s similar to but not exactly a repetition of the previous branch. So the new science of complexity or showing how an architecture can be produced just as quickly, cheaply and efficiently by using computer production methods to get the slight variation, the self-similarity.

Charles Jencks

Mies van der Rohe’s architecture and modern architecture in general suffered from not only being repetitive, but not explaining to the populous what the different rooms were for.

Charles Jencks

Modern Architecture died in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 15, 1972, at 3.32 p.m. (or thereabouts), when the infamous Pruitt Igoe scheme, or rather several of its slab blocks, were given the final coup de grace by dynamite.

Charles Jencks

I’d been to Stourhead and was inspired by the perfect parity between architecture and art; in fact, the architecture is the art. I wrote a piece called ‘Not Sculpture Park,’ because most of these things become car parks for bought-in sculpture. The artists should be working with the site, not just plonking pieces down.

Charles Jencks

I need quite a lot going on, so a perfect holiday for me is one in a cooler climate with wonderful scenery, animals or great architecture.

Deborah Meaden

Architecture is a art when one consciously or unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the atmosphere and when this environment produces well being.

Luis Barragan

So what we have tried to do in our later buildings is to try to be completely consistent, as a painter is consistent or as a sculptor is consistent. Architecture also must be very consistent.

Minoru Yamasaki

If you examine this, I think that you will find that it’s the mechanics of Japanese architecture that have been thought of as the direct influence upon our architecture.

Minoru Yamasaki

Every market we go to, we have a domain-specific language. Every domain-specific language, underneath, has an architecture.

Jensen Huang

In graduate school, I decide to write my doctoral thesis on how Italian architecture influenced English playwrights of the seventeenth century. I wonder why certain playwrights decided to set their tragedies, written in English, in Italian palaces.

Jhumpa Lahiri

During high school, I wanted to work in architecture or engineering for no particular reason.

Ji Chang-wook

Being interested in other fields and meeting experts outside entertainment – whether it’s a two-hour conversation with John Nash that turns into ‘A Beautiful Mind’ or talking to people in architecture or fashion, CIA directors or Nobel laureates – has given me a better sense of which ideas feel authentic and new.

Brian Grazer

In a place like the Greek Theater in L.A., to try and create a close connection with the audience seems almost antithetical to the architecture of the building.

Alex Ebert

I think in America there’s this free flow between fashion, art, architecture, music and design. In Europe, it’s more segregated between those different disciplines, I think.

Marco Brambilla

I have a strong sense that every project is an invention, which is not a word I hear being used in architecture courses.

Thomas Heatherwick

To make architecture with any real value is a massive challenge.

Thomas Heatherwick

Historically, in the world of architecture, enormous amounts of care and energy have been lavished on things that are almost a cliched idea of culture.

Thomas Heatherwick

Dubai is a vibrant city: Big cars, big buildings… it reminds me of my home town, Hong Kong. People are always on the move here, and there’s a lot going on. There are some wonderful architecture and some not-so-wonderful.

John Rocha

I went from fashion to glass in 1995, and I’m very interested in architecture.

John Rocha

I want to explore my design philosophy in different mediums, and I’m very interested in architecture.

John Rocha

Architecture is politics.

Mitch Kapor

I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play.

Philip Warren Anderson

Charleston has something for everyone, rain or shine. Its architecture is unparalleled. Carriage rides are great for seeing the city and hearing the history behind certain houses and the area.

Thomas Gibson

Quebec City is the most European of any city in North America; they speak French all the time. There is a part of town called Old Quebec which is really like being in France. The architecture is just gorgeous, food, shopping. I’d say Quebec City is the most beautiful city in North America I’ve seen.

Sebastian Bach

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on stuff when you have amazing architecture.

Nate Berkus

Living in Edinburgh, I consider myself particularly lucky – we have the biggest book festival in the world, a plethora of fascinating libraries and museums, and some of the greatest architecture in Europe.

Sara Sheridan

People kind of tend to mystify design and architecture by suggesting you need to train.

Marc Newson

I’m involved in everything from highly progressive lighting systems to airline interiors. In the field of transportation I can go from the micro to the macro: architecture, transportation, industrial product design, right across the board. It’s Russian dollism, because they all interrelate: one goes into the other.

Ross Lovegrove

Oratory is the masterful art. Poetry, painting, music, sculpture, architecture please, thrill, inspire – but oratory rules. The orator dominates those who hear him, convinces their reason, controls their judgment, compels their action. For the time being, he is master.

David Josiah Brewer

Clothing has been called intimate architecture. We want to go beyond that.

Issey Miyake

I am a failed architect, if I’m honest. I got a degree in art history and was about to get another degree, in architecture, but realized I would be terrible at building things because I’ve got really bad spatial awareness.

Hannah Ware

There is little in the architecture of a city that is more beautifully designed than a tree.

Jaime Lerner

I love seeing New York City Ballet from the fourth ring, just seeing the architecture of how these bodies move from above.

Justin Peck

The impact of the creative industries, of design and architecture in particular, are of course economic and they are a great export opportunity.

Matt Hancock

I’m somebody who likes codes and ciphers and chases and artwork and architecture, and all the things you find in a Robert Langdon thriller.

Dan Brown

Washington, D.C., has everything that Rome, Paris and London have in the way of great architecture – great power bases. Washington has obelisks and pyramids and underground tunnels and great art and a whole shadow world that we really don’t see.

Dan Brown

Newport Center has become a Mediterranean town. The climate here is the same as the Mediterranean’s, and so is the architecture. This center exudes a radiance, an energy. It will become a special way of life for everyone.

Donald Bren

If you look at the architecture of Washington, D.C., it is not by mistake that the dome over the Capitol is the very center of the federal city. The White House and the Supreme Court are set about us, satellites to the supreme power of the people expressed in the legislative authority of Congress.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Tuscany is so full of history and beauty – you meet wonders of art and architecture on almost every corner. But I love the region’s homier aspects: the special sweetness of the tomatoes, the soft mozzarella, the heady scents of basil and garlic everywhere.

Trudie Styler

I am exhausted by traditional memoir. I am exhausted by the architecture of the conventional novel.

David Shields

The fossil fuel industry has taken control of, and powered up, architecture and methods originally built by the tobacco industry and others to attack and deny science.

Sheldon Whitehouse

From an architecture perspective, Mt. Gox is not an isolated incident. We’ve had exchanges continually hacked after Mt. Gox. This has been an ongoing problem that has continued to plague our industry.

Brock Pierce

We need to rediscover the essence of the meaning of ‘the use.’ Architecture is, above all, here for a better living. Every gesture, every shape must be justified by various reasons that would reinforce their reason to be, their use, and will give more sense to their beauty.

Christian de Portzamparc

Architecture has a strong link with the movies in terms of time progression, sequencing, framing, all of that.

Christian de Portzamparc

When I was 18, I lived in Greenwich Village, New York, for nine months. At that time, I wanted to change the world, not through architecture, but through painting. I lived thChristian de Portzamparcve artist’s life, mingling with poets and writers, and working as a waiter. I was intrigued by the aliveness of the city.

Christian de Portzamparc

In the ’60s when I was a student, there was this campaign to destroy 75 percent of the old buildings in Paris, replacing them with modern architecture. I realized this as a dangerous utopia. This modern vision did not understand the richness of the city. Thankfully, such destruction did not happen.

Christian de Portzamparc

There is a lot of bad architecture. What we need more is to look at how our landscape should look in the next decades.

Dieter Rams

Music, architecture and pictures have always been my passions, and all that material wealth has meant for me, is being able to have some of the pictures I liked.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

I loved medieval architecture when I was very small; I don’t know why.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Art is more than a series of images that are disembodied. Art is objects that live in real places, economies, spaces, architecture.

Trevor Paglen

The intellectual architecture means focusing on doing great work instead of focusing on agency politics.

Jay Chiat

The team architecture means setting up an organization that helps people produce that great work in teams.

Jay Chiat

I’d like to do a lot of things – whether in design or architecture or business.

Caroline Wozniacki

I’ve always liked traveling around Europe and seeing the architecture. The buildings in capital cities have been there for hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years. Some look better than the new ones.

Joe Elliott

In Dublin, we open The Dock, our new multidisciplinary innovation R&D and incubation hub where all elements of our innovation architecture come to life. The Dock is a launch pad for our more than 200 researchers to innovate with clients and acquisition partners with a particular focus on artificial intelligence.

Pierre Nanterme

We are always looking ahead to anticipate what next, and our unique innovation architecture enables us to take an innovation-led approach to help our clients invent the future.

Pierre Nanterme

Revived in this country the long forgotten beauties of Gothic architecture.

James Wyatt

I like to make a tour round the pitch before games to look at the architecture, the colours in the stadium, the sky, to feel the atmosphere growing.

Unai Emery

Chicago is a city built on architecture, and there are plenty of buildings to scale.

Andrew Shaffer

The first thing you must know as an actor or director is the space you will inhabit. See the architecture; imagine where things can happen in space.

Robert Wilson

I’ve always been attracted to classic patterns in architecture, music and drama.

Robert Wilson

Architecture is a discourse; everything is a discourse. Fashion discourse is actually a micro-discourse, because it’s centered around the body. It is the most rapidly developing form of discourse.

Nate Lowman

I would say that to put architecture in the chain of history, to be able to interpret and understand why we are where we are, is quite crucial.

Rafael Moneo

I have a background in technology, design, architecture, arts and sciences. I see myself as a multi-dimensional person.

Pranav Mistry

Att our MIT lab, there are people from diverse backgrounds like architecture, psychology, and philosophy, giving a holistic touch to the creation of any technology we may have in mind.

Pranav Mistry

When you go to a normal architecture firm they aren’t going to be innovative in terms of their systems. They’re not going to be thinking of the whole lifespan of this project, or how do we document every single light bulb, or every product, so that when a chair breaks in a conference room, we can replace it right away.

Miguel McKelvey

Grenfell, the building set on fire with the help of its own face, is a scene of a complex injustice: one that is moral, economic, political, and aesthetic. Not only was the cladding unsafe, it was ugly; not only was it ugly, it was untrue both to the architecture of the building it covered and untrue to its responsibility to human safety.

Hisham Matar

Architecture remains a passion and a subject I’m very interested in. I learned a great deal from studying it and working in it.

Hisham Matar

Shoe design is like architecture – with the finest structure and tight, precise seams, it suits my obsessive neatness.

Patrick Cox

Jobs offshoring began with manufacturing, but the rise of the high-speed Internet made it possible to move offshore tradable professional skills, such as software engineering, information technology, various forms of engineering, architecture, accounting, and even the medical reading of MRIs and CT-Scans.

Paul Craig Roberts

In retrospect, the pace of change in the arts and industry in the nineteenth century seems pretty glacial. Painting, music, the novel, architecture were all evolving, but at a pretty observable pace.

Amor Towles

‘Clothespin’ was the first city monument on a large scale that could compete with the architecture around it.

Claes Oldenburg

Our subliminal mental processes operate outside awareness because they arise in these portions of our mind that are inaccessible to our conscious self; their inaccessibility is due to the architecture of the brain rather than because they have been subject to Freudian motivational forces like repression.

Leonard Mlodinow

What makes ‘The Marriage of Souls’ such a wonderful book is Collins’s intricate reconstruction of the late eighteenth-century world. Simplicity and philosophy are the hallmarks of eighteenth-century art and architecture. The classically pure lines look deceptively simple and unburdened by heavy symbolism or imagery.

Amanda Foreman

I founded a club, which is called the Brutally Early Club. It’s basically a breakfast salon for the 21st century where art meets science meets architecture meets literature.

Hans-Ulrich Obrist

I read whenever possible, and I buy books all the time, sometimes online, but mostly from bookshops. I love literature. If you want to understand art, it’s important to understand what is also happening in literature, in music, in science, in architecture.

Hans-Ulrich Obrist

When I graduated from high school, I thought I wanted to make science fiction movies, so I applied to film school, but I couldn’t get in. A professor told me I should try architecture instead.

Ma Yansong

The beauty of architecture is it involves work that stretches over a very long time but often starts in one instant, with just one emotion, a kind of instinctual response.

Ma Yansong

In the past, young, talented architects worked together to form a strong social agenda and communicate with a larger audience. That’s what today’s architecture community should be.

Ma Yansong

A shan-shui city is a modern city, a high-density urban situation, but we pay more attention to the environment. We bring waterfalls; we bring in a lot of trees and gardens. We treat architecture as a landscape.

Ma Yansong

The shan-shui city idea is trying to bring traditional values and ways of living to modern high-rise architecture.

Ma Yansong

Although we’re architects, we believe we do culture; architecture is culture, and the topics we tackle will always arise a broader debate.

Ma Yansong

Chaoyang Park Plaza is about how to carry the traditional culture into a new format in modern architecture. Instead of building a boundary between the city and the park, I tried to design this building to emerge from the natural landscape.

Ma Yansong

In China, it’s very easy to make architecture special because anything you design will look different, as most parts of the city are very similar. They make so many massive residential buildings.

Ma Yansong

When I started university, I didn’t know much about architecture, so I flipped through a lot of magazines, looking at different and exciting images from all over the world. I thought that architecture could be interesting.

Ma Yansong

Ultimately, the artistic part of architecture has always interested me.

Ma Yansong

Early in my career, I tried to bring an artistic feeling to architecture. That’s really the intent and impression of what I think about: context, space, shapes, and landscape.

Ma Yansong

What if we treat the high-rise like a mountain, or we have gardens in the sky, or waterfalls? I think that’s the most challenging thing I want to try in my architecture.

Ma Yansong

I’m trying to create architecture as landscape. But I’m not copying nature.

Ma Yansong

What is Architecture ?

Architecture is both the framework and the product of building planning , design and construction. Architectural works are often seen as cultural symbols and as works of art in the material form of buildings. Historical civilizations are frequently identified with their survival.