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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

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

One of my favorite vacation places is Miami, because of the people, the water and the beach - of course - and the architecture on Miami Beach is so wonderful.

Oksana Baiul

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

Luis Barragan

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

Luis Barragan

I am but an architectural composer.

Alexander Jackson Davis

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

Alexander Jackson Davis

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

Delia Ephron

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

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

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

Stephen Gardiner

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

Stephen Gardiner

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

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 interior of the house personifies the private world; the exterior of it is part of the outside world.

Stephen Gardiner

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

Stephen Gardiner

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

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

Antonio Gaudi

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

Of the individual poems, some are more lyric and some are more descriptive or narrative. Each poem is fixed in a moment. All those moments written or read together take on the movement and architecture of a narrative.

Marilyn Hacker

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

John Irving

Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture.

Bruce Jackson

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

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

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 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

Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.

Helmut Jahn

I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away.

Helmut Jahn

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

The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture.

Helmut Jahn

The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions.

Helmut Jahn

I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?

Philip Johnson

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

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

Louis Kahn

Architecture is politics.

Mitchell Kapor

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

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

Thomas Kempis

The architecture of our future is not only unfinished; the scaffolding has hardly gone up.

George Lamming

I quit college. I was studying architecture for about a year.

Barry Mann

At this present time, matter is still the best way to think of architecture, but I'm not so sure for very long. The computer is radicalizing the way we think about our world.

Ben Nicholson

If you're into architecture and you're from the West, everything is hors d'oeuvres for working to rebuild the Temple. Ultimately you're led there. You can't escape it.

Ben Nicholson

You can just drift unhappily towards this vision of heaven on earth, and ultimately that is what architecture is a vision of: Heaven on earth, at it's best.

Ben Nicholson

Each new situation requires a new architecture.

Jean Nouvel

Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.

John Osborne

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

Robert Palmer

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

Ayn Rand

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

Ayn Rand

The rules of navigation never navigated a ship. The rules of architecture never built a house.

Thomas Reid

Architecture in general is frozen music.

Friedrich Von Schelling

I feel however, that we architects have a special duty and mission... (to contribute) to the socio-cultural development of architecture and urban planning.

Kenzo Tange

Technological considerations are of great importance to architecture and cities in the informational society.

Kenzo Tange

There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart. There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart.

Kenzo Tange

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

Yoshio Taniguchi

But those musics do not address the larger kind of architecture in time that classical music does, whatever each one of us knows that classical music must mean.

Michael Tilson Thomas

Doctrines provide an architecture for both Republican and Democrat presidents to carry out policies.

Malcolm Wallop

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

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

Japanese architecture is very much copied in this country and in Europe.

Minoru Yamasaki

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

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

Minoru Yamasaki

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

Harry Von Zell

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

Stephen Gardiner

What people want, above all, is order.

Stephen Gardiner

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 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 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

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

Tadao Ando

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

Tadao Ando

If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.

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

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.

Coco Chanel

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

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

Jay Chiat

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

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

Winston Churchill

Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.

Kenneth Clark

The architecture of a story can be a little bit different if it's a true story.

Joel Coen

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A house is a machine for living in.

Le Corbusier

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

Le Corbusier

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

Le Corbusier

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.

Constantin Brancusi

There was an age, however, when the transition from savagery to civilization, with all its impressive outward manifestations in art and architecture, took place for the first time.

James H. Breasted

Designed by architects with honorable intentions but hands of palsy.

Jimmy Breslin

The higher the building the lower the morals.

Noel Coward

Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.

Daniel Burnham

Architecture theory is very interesting.

David Byrne

I would fix other people's lines if they asked me on occasion. The hard part of writing is the architecture of it, getting the story and structuring it. Not the tweaking of lines.

William Devane

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

Ernest Dimnet

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

Catherine Deneuve

The job of buildings is to improve human relations: architecture must ease them, not make them worse.

Ralph Erskine

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

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

When I write now I do not invent situation, characters, or actions, but rather structures and discursive forms, textual groupings which are combined according to secret affinities among themselves, as in architecture or the plastic arts.

Juan Goytisolo

I don't believe in morality in architecture.

Michael Graves

I have no requirements for a style of architecture.

Michael Graves

If I have a style, I am not aware of it.

Michael Graves

In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function.

Michael Graves

The dialogue of architecture has been centered too long around the idea of truth.

Michael Graves

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

Architecture begins where engineering ends.

Walter Gropius

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

Levon Helm

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

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

Charles was very intent to use his years as Prince of Wales to make his mark while he still had freedom of maneuver that he wouldn't have as King. The first subject he really went for was architecture. It made an impact.

Anthony Holden

What has happened to architecture since the second world war that the only passers-by who can contemplate it without pain are those equipped with a white stick and a dog?

Bernard Levin

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

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

Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.

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

Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.

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

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

Daniel Libeskind

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

Maya Lin

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

Daniel Libeskind

Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have.

Maya Lin

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

Adolf Loos

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

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

Adolf Loos

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

Federico Garcia Lorca

There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons.

Edwin Lutyens

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

Architecture is involved with the world, but at the same time it has a certain autonomy. This autonomy cannot be explained in terms of traditional logic because the most interesting parts of the work are non-verbal. They operate within the terms of the work, like any art.

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

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

My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness.

Thom Mayne

The aesthetic of architecture has to be rooted in a broader idea about human activities like walking, relaxing and communicating. Architecture thinks about how these activities can be given added value.

Thom Mayne

You might say that when you step inside, you're entering a honorific space, but that's something totally different than experiencing it. And in architecture the experience comes first. That has the deepest effect on us.

Thom Mayne

An important work of architecture will create polemics.

Richard Meier

Any work of architecture that has with it some discussion, some polemic, I think is good. It shows that people are interested, people are involved.

Richard Meier

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

Richard Meier

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

In fact, it will be very easy to climb the building because of its shape and architecture.

Alain Robert

I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.

Sydney Pollack

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

Marcus V. Pollio

Buildings should serve people, not the other way around.

John Portman

Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.

Richard Rogers

My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we - architects - can effect the quality of life of the people.

Richard Rogers

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

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

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Less is more.

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Whatever good things we build end up building us.

Jim Rohn

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

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

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

John Ruskin

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

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.


We think of enterprise architecture as the process we use for fully describing and mapping business functionality and business requirements and relating them to information systems requirements.

Tony Scott

After about the first Millennium, Italy was the cradle of Romanesque architecture, which spread throughout Europe, much of it extending the structural daring with minimal visual elaboration.

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

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture.

Nancy Banks Smith

Yet for my part, deeply as I am moved by the religious architecture of the Middle Ages, I cannot honestly say that I ever felt the slightest emotion in any modern Gothic church.

Goldwin Smith

I take a lot from everywhere. I take from music, architecture, novels, and plays. Anywhere that hits you.

Alex Winter

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

Robert Smithson

Architecture aims at Eternity.

Christopher Wren

An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.

Frank Lloyd Wright

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

James Wyatt

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

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

Frank Lloyd Wright

But after the time there I'd had it with fashion again, so I left to go to architecture school in a summer course at Harvard, which didn't last very long.

Stephen Sprouse

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

Saul Steinberg

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

My interest in architecture has always been sculptural. Most of my photography is of architecture.

Parker Stevenson

But the building's identity resided in the ornament.

Louis Sullivan

Form follows function.

Louis Sullivan

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