ArchiQuotes

1. “It was the spirit animating the mass and flowing from it, and it expressed the individuality of the building.”
– Louis Sullivan

2. “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

3. “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

4. “I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.”
– Luis Barragan

5. “Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall. The sunlight did not know what it was before it hit a wall.”
– Louis Kahn

6. “Modern architecture does not mean the use of immature new materials; the main thing is to refine materials in a more human direction.”
– Alvar Aalto

7. “Architecture is shaped by human emotions and desires, and then becomes a setting for further emotions and desires. It goes from the animate and inanimate and back again. For this reason it is always incomplete, or rather is only completed by the lives in and around it. It is background.”
– Rowan Moore

8. “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

9. “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

10. “My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.”
– Julia Morgan

11. “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 is very unique to Japan.”
– Tadao Ando

12. “I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.”
– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

13. “To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.”
– Le Corbusier

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

15. “Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.”
– Antonio Gaudi

16. “Design is a fundamental human activity, relevant and useful to everyone. Anything humans create – be it product, communication or system – is a result of the process of making inspiration real. I believe in doing what works as circumstances change: quirky or unusual solutions are often good ones. Nature bends and so should we as appropriate. Nature is always right outside our door as a reference and touch point. We should use it far more than we do.”
– Maggie Macnab

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

18. “Good ideas come from everywhere. It’s more important to recognize a good idea than to author it.”
– Jeanne Gang

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

20. “We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst – you need them both.”
– Kari Lagerfeld

21. “Architect without Pencil is like Rock-star without Guitar.”
– Vinayak Hanchate

22. “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

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

24. “The architect of the future will build imitating Nature, for it is the most rational, long-lasting and economical of all methods.”
– Antonio Gaudi

25. “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

26. “If teaching has any purpose, it is to implant true insight and responsibility. Education must lead us from irresponsible opinion to true responsible judgement. It must lead us from chance and arbitrariness to rational clarity and intellectual order.”
– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

27. “As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “S” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

28. “Viewed from a certain distance and under good light, even an ugly city can look like the promised land.”
– Leon Krier

29. “Architecture and urban design, both in their formal and spatial aspects, are seen as fundamentally configurational in that the way the parts are put together to form the whole is more important than any of the parts taken in isolation.”
– Bill Hillier

30. “Forests were the first temple of God and in forests men grasped their first idea of architecture.”
– James C. Snyder

31. “There is an effective strategy open to architects. Whereas doctors deal with the interior organisms of man, architects deal with the exterior organisms of man. Architects might join with one another to carry on their work in laboratories as do doctors in anticipatory medicine.”
– Richard Buckminster Fuller

32. “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

33. “I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.”
– Oscar Niemeyer

34. “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

35. “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

36. “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

37. “Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.”
– Antonio Gaudi

38. “Less is more.”
– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

39. “Everything inspires me; sometimes I think I see things others don’t.”
– Norman Foster

40. “A man doesn’t borrow pieces of his body. A building doesn’t borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window and stairway to express it.”
– Ayn Rand

41. “Being an architect isn’t only about construction, it’s about creating wide spaces with small spaces.”
– Yannick Heywang

42. “A greater awareness in architects and planners of their real value to society could, at the present, result in that rare occurrence, namely, the improvement of the quality of life as a result of architectural endeavour.”
– Cedric Price

43. “It was the drawing that led me to architecture, the search for light and astonishing forms.”
– Oscar Niemeyer

44. “A city is not an accident but the result of coherent visions and aims.”
– Leon Krier

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

46. “Sustainability is now a big baggy sack in which people throw all kinds of old ideas, hot air and dodgy activities in order to be able to greenwash their products and feel good.”
– Kevin McCloud

47. “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

48. “I don’t see that any buildings should be excluded from the term architecture, as long as they are done properly.”
– Arne Jacobsen

49. “I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.”
– Tadao Ando

50. “The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.”
– Saul Steinberg

51. “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

52. “We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.”
– Richard Buckminster Fuller

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

54. “Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect’s task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.”
– Adolf Loos

55. “All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the person in that space.”
– Philip Johnson

56. “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

57. “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

58. “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

59. “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

60. “Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.”
– Yoshio Taniguchi

61. “It’s my goal to make a building as immaterial as possible. Architecture is a very material thing. It takes a lot of resources, so why not eliminate what you don’t need as long as you’re able to achieve the same result?”
– Helmut Jahn

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

63. “In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well building has three conditions: Commodity, Firmness and Delight.”
– Henry Watton

64. “Today, when so much seems to conspire to reduce life and feeling to the most deprived and demeaning bottom line, it is more important than ever that we receive that extra dimension of dignity or delight and the elevated sense of self that the art of building can provide through the nature of the places where we live and work. What counts more than style is whether architecture improves our experience of the built world; whether it makes us wonder why we never noticed places in quite this way before.”
– Ada Louise Huxtable

65. “Cities and landscapes are illustrations of our spiritual and material worth. They not only express our values but give them a tangible reality. They determine the way in which we use or squander our energy, time, and land resources.”
– Leon Krier

66. “Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever.”
– John Ruskin

67. “The character of the architectural forms and spaces which all people habitually encounter are powerful agencies in determining the nature of their actions, however unconscious of this they may be.”
– Hugh Ferriss

68. “The long path from material through function to creative work has only one goal: to create order out of the desperate confusion of our time. We must have order, allocating to each thing its proper place and giving to each thing is due according to its nature.”
– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

69. “Our architecture reflects truly as a mirror.”
– Louis Sullivan

70. “Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.”
– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

71. “But the building’s identity resided in the ornament.”
– Louis Sullivan

72. “Architects, if they are really to be comprehensive, must assume the enormous task of thinking in terms always disciplined to the scale of the total world pattern of needs, its resource flows, its recirculatory and regenerative processes.”
– Richard Buckminster Fuller

73. “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

74. “I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away.”
– Helmut Jahn

75. “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
– Coco Chanel

76. “The level of detail and craft is something that’s inscribed within the original design concept. And so when I begin to draw, I know what kind of detailing I want the building to have.”
– Tadao Ando

77. “The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.”
– Thomas Kempis

78. “Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.”
– Louis Kahn

79. “Architecture is invention”
– Oscar Niemeyer

80. “When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.”
– Tadao Ando

81. “Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand.”
– Toyo Ito

82. “Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

83. “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

84. “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

85. “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

86. “If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.”
– Arne Jacobsen

87. “Architecture must concern itself continually with the socially beneficial distortion of the environment.”
– Cedric Price

88. “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

89. “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

90. “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 see.”
– Tadao Ando

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

92. “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

93. “The computer offers another kind of creativity. You cannot ignore the creativity that computer technology can bring. But you need to be able to move between those two different worlds.”
– Tadao Ando

94. “Architecture doesn’t come from theory. You don’t think your way through a building.”
– Arthur Erickson

95. “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

96. “It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.”
– Louis Sullivan

97. “My hand is the extension of the thinking process – the creative process.”
– Tadao Ando

98. “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.”
– Ernest Hemingway

99. “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

100. “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

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