WE DON’T THINK IN TERMS OF SPACE…..WE THINK ABOUT PEOPLE AND HOW THEY EXPERIENCE THE SPACE.
— MIKE BUTLER
THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN A SHARP IMAGE OF A FUZZY CONCEPT.
— ANSEL ADAMS
COMFORT IS FOUND IN THE COOLNESS OF A SHADOW.
— LOUIS I. KAHN
THE HAND EXPRESSES WHAT THE HEART ALREADY KNOWS.
— SAMUEL MOCKBEE
ARCHITECTURE SHOULD SPEAK OF ITS TIME AND PLACE, BUT YEARN FOR TIMELESSNESS.
— FRANK GEHRY
A DOCTOR CAN BURY HIS MISTAKES, BUT AN ARCHITECT CAN ONLY ADVISE HIS CLIENTS TO PLANT VINES.
— FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
ARCHITECTURE IS…..THE PICTURE FRAME, NOT THE PICTURE.
— WILLIAM WURSTER
ARCHITECTURE & ART……..THE PURPOSE OF ART IS WASHING THE DUST OF DAILY LIFE OFF OUR SOULS.
— PABLO PICASSO
GOOD IDEAS COME FROM EVERYWHERE. IT’S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD IDEA THAN TO AUTHOR IT.
— JEANNE GANG
THE PENCIL AND COMPUTER ARE, IF LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES, EQUALLY DUMB AND ONLY AS GOOD AS THE PERSON DRIVING THEM.
— SIR NORMAN FOSTER
GOOD DESIGN IS NOT ABOUT FORM FOLLOWING FUNCTION. IT IS FUNCTION WITH CULTURAL CONTENT. BY ADDING “CULTURAL CONTENT” TO THE CONCEPT OF “FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION,” OBJECTS CEASE TO BE FINITE OR PREDICTABLE. MAYBE THE RIGHT WAY TO INTERPRET THE DICTUM IS TO FIRST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE FUNCTION NEEDS TO BE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD BEFORE THE FORM IS CONSIDERED.
— CARL MAGNUSSEN
ARCHITECTURE ARISES OUT OF OUR NEED TO SHELTER THE HUMAN ANIMAL IN A SPATIAL ENVIRONMENT AND TO ENCLOSE THE SOCIAL ANIMAL IN A GROUP SPACE. IN THIS SENSE ARCHITECTURE SERVES OUR INSTITUTIONS AND EXPRESSES THE VALUES OF OUR CULTURE.
— ROBERT GEDDES, FAIA
I DON’T KNOW WHY PEOPLE HIRE ARCHITECTS AND THEN TELL THEM WHAT TO DO.
— FRANK GEHRY
IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO CHANGE. SURVIVAL IS NOT MANDATORY.
— W. EDWARDS DEMING
IT’S KIND OF FUN TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE.
— WALT DISNEY
TO ME, MODERNISM IS NOT A STYLE BUT A LIFESTYLE CHOICE: A CHOICE TO BE MORE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS, TO BE MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE, AND TO BE INTELLECTUALLY STIMULATED BY WHERE YOU LIVE.
— UNKNOWN
ARCHITECTURE IS THE PLANT FERTILIZER OF OUR LIVES; IT IS THE WAY TO BE A BIG, GREAT-TASTING TOMATO.
— ROBERT SULLIVAN
A BUILDING IS NOT JUST A PLACE TO BE BUT A WAY TO BE.
— FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
FEW PEOPLE HAVE THE IMAGINATION FOR REALITY.
— GOETHE
IF YOU HAVE BUILT CASTLES IN THE AIR, YOUR WORK NEED NOT BE LOST; THAT IS WHERE THEY SHOULD BE. NOW PUT THE FOUNDATIONS UNDER THEM.
— HENRY DAVID THOREAU
ARCHITECTURE, LIKE DRESS, IS AN EXERCISE IN GOOD MANNERS, AND GOOD MANNERS INVOLVE THE HABIT OF SKILLFUL INSINCERITY – THE HABIT OF SAYING “GOOD MORNING” TO THOSE WHOSE MORNINGS YOU WOULD RATHER BLIGHT, AND OF PASSING THE BUTTER TO THOSE YOU WOULD RATHER STARVE.
— ROGER SCRUTON
GOOD ARCHITECTURE IS LIKE A GOOD THERAPY SESSION, A GOOD MARRIAGE, A GOOD POEM – GENTLY AND ALMOST INVISIBLY ALLOWING YOU TO BE YOU, AS FLAWED AND AS BEAUTIFUL AS YOU ARE.
— ROBERT SULLIVAN
THE MEANING RESIDES IN ONE’S OWN EXPERIENCE, MAKING THE EVERYDAY THE EXCEPTIONAL.
— SAMUEL MOCKBEE
THE PRACTICE OF ARCHITECTURE IS THE MOST DELIGHTFUL OF ALL PURSUITS. ALSO, NEXT TO AGRICULTURE, IT IS THE MOST NECESSARY TO MAN. ONE MUST EAT, ONE MUST HAVE SHELTER. NEXT TO RELIGIOUS WORSHIP ITSELF, IT IS THE SPIRITUAL HANDMAIDEN OF OUR DEEPEST CONVICTIONS.
— PHILIP JOHNSON
ARCHITECTURE NEVER DERIVED ITS FORCE FROM STABILITY OF CULTURE, BUT RATHER FROM THE EXPRESSION OF THOSE MOMENTS WHEN THAT SENSE OF STABILITY SLIPPED.
— MARK WIGLEY
LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU’RE BUSY MAKING PLANS.
— JOHN LENNON
ALICE WENT ON, “ WOULD YOU TELL ME, PLEASE, WHICH WAY I OUGHT TO GO FROM HERE?” “THAT DEPENDS A GOOD DEAL ON WHERE YOU WANT TO GET TO,” SAID THE CAT.
— LEWIS CARROLL
IN THE FACE OF THE ECONOMIC PLIGHT, IT IS OUR TASK TO BECOME PIONEERS OF SIMPLICITY, THAT IS, TO FIND A SIMPLE FORM FOR ALL OF LIFE’S NECESSITIES, WHICH IS AT THE SAME TIME RESPECTABLE AND GENUINE.
— OSKAR SCHLEMMER
GIVE THEM THE VISION OF OZ, SHOW THEM THE DIRECTION, CONVINCE THEM YOU CAN CREATE THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD; THE REST IS CIVIL ENGINEERING.
— DIRK SUSHARME
THE ROOM IS THERE FOR THE HUMAN BEING – NOT THE HUMAN BEING FOR THE ROOM.
— EL LISSITZKY
ARCHITECTURE IS NOT SIMPLY A JOB. IT IS A LIFESTYLE. IT IS A WAY OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD. IT IS A VERB. IT IS A CONSTANT EXPLORATION WHERE ONE LOOKS FOR AND FINDS INSPIRATION IN THE WORLD AROUND THEM, AND THEN APPLIES THAT INSPIRATION TO CREATE SOMETHING COMPLETELY NEW. AND THAT THING WE CREATE IS BEAUTIFUL AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
— J. BRANTLEY HIGHTOWER
ARCHITECTURE MIRRORS ETERNAL HARMONY….MUSIC ECHOES IT.
— OTTO VAN SIMPON
CREATIVITY IS MORE ABOUT UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES, DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENTS, NEW COMBINATIONS, TRUSTING YOUR INSTINCTS, BEING HONEST ABOUT IT.
— UNKNOWN
IT IS A SOPHISTICATED EXERCISE WHERE A SENSE OF FRAGILITY AND STABILITY ARE IN CONSTANT COUNTERPOINT.
— UNKNOWN
THE FIRST GESTURE OF AN ARCHITECT IS TO DRAW A PERIMETER; IN OTHER WORDS, TO SEPARATE THE MICROCLIMATE FROM THE MACRO SPACE OUTSIDE. THIS IN ITSELF IS A SACRED ACT. ARCHITECTURE IN ITSELF CONVEYS THIS IDEA OF LIMITING SPACE. IT’S A LIMIT BETWEEN THE FINITE AND THE INFINITE. FROM THIS POINT OF VIEW, ALL ARCHITECTURE IS SACRED.
— MARIO BOTTA
IF NATURE HAS COMPOSED THE HUMAN BODY SO THAT IN ITS PROPORTIONS THE SEPARATE INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS ANSWER TO THE TOTAL FORM, THEN THE ANCIENTS SEEM TO HAVE HAD REASON TO DECIDE THAT BRINGING THEIR CREATIONS TO FULL COMPLETION LIKEWISE REQUIRED A CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE MEASURE OF INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS AND THE APPEARANCE OF THE WORK AS A WHOLE.
— VITRUVIUS
ARTISTIC IMAGINATION AND SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS TWO HABITS OF MIND. THESE ARE OFTEN SEPARATED BY THE WAY THAT WE THINK ABOUT ARCHITECTURE, AND SUBSEQUENTLY WE ORGANIZE THE DESIGN PROCESS WHICH MAKES DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN WHAT IS AESTHETIC AND WHAT IS BUILDING, WHAT IS THEORY AND WHAT IS PRACTICE. THESE DIFFERENCES ARE NOT REAL; THEY RESIDE IN OUR FRAMES OF ANALYSIS. IN THE MASTERWORKS OF ARCHITECTURE THESE DISTINCTIONS DISAPPEAR.
— DON WATSON