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40 famous quotes for 40 famous architects


1. I think buildings should imitate ecological systems. – Ken Yeang
2. 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
3. You can put down a bad book; you can avoid listening to bad music; but you cannot miss the ugly tower block opposite your house. – Renzo Piano
4. I am always searching for more light and space. – Santiago Calatrava
5. 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
6. Architecture begins where engineering ends.- Walter Gropius
7. Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.- Frank Gehry
8. Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.- Antonio Gaudi
9. Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
10. 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
11. Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand.-Toyo Ito
12. Everyone used to want to be star architects. That’s no longer the case. – Shigeru Ban
13. If an architect’s ego is very small, he is done for it; if it is vast then he might make some very important contributions. – Paolo Soleri
14. When an architect is asked what his best building is, he usually answers, “The next one.” – Emilio Ambasz
15. I started out trying to create buildings that would sparkle like isolated jewels; now I want them to connect, to form a new kind of landscape, to flow together with contemporary cities and the lives of their peoples. – Zaha Hadid
16. In a strange way, architecture is really an unfinished thing, because even though the building is finished, it takes on a new life. It becomes part of a new dynamic: how people will occupy it, use it, think about it. – Daniel Libeskind
17. 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
18. Each new situation requires a new architecture.- Jean Nouvel

19. Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.- Richard Rogers

20. Form follows function.-Louis Sullivan
21. 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
22. Architecture is invention.-Oscar Niemeyer
23. A house is a machine for living in.- Le Corbusier
24. 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
25. I don't believe in morality in architecture.- Michael Graves
26. Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings.- Vitruvius
27. 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
28. Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.- Coco Chanel
29. Build your architecture from what is beneath your feet.- Hassan Fathy
30. I’ve always felt that the most important thing is finding a way of escaping the framework or aesthetic consciousness with which I am burdened. Arata Isozaki
31. The architecture we remember is that which never consoles or comforts us. – Peter Eisenman
32. To me the drawn language is a very revealing language: one can see in a few lines whether a man is really an architect. – Eero Saarinen
33. I believe in architecture. Architecture is the mother of the arts. I like to believe that architecture connects the present with the past and the tangible with the intangible. – Richard Meier
34. The pencil and computer are, if left to their own devices, equally dumb and only as good as the person driving them. – Norman Foster
35. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo Davinci
36. 10. A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an authentic democracy.- Walter Gropius
37. In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function.- Michael Graves
38. More is more.- Robert Venturi
39. Certainly architecture is concerned with much more than just its physical attributes. It is a many-layered thing. Beneath and beyond the strata of function and structure, materials and texture, lie the deepest and most compulsive layers of all.- Charles Correa
40. Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.- Eliel Saarinen