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architecture quotes (75)

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   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.
Tadao Ando   Category: Architecture

If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.
Tadao Ando   Category: Architecture

I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.
Luis Barragan   Category: Architecture

Designed by architects with honorable intentions but hands of palsy.
Jimmy Breslin   Category: Architecture

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

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
Winston Churchill   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

A house is a machine for living in.
Le Corbusier   Category: Architecture

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.
Le Corbusier   Category: Architecture

The higher the building the lower the morals.
Noel Coward   Category: Architecture

I am but an architectural composer.
Alexander Jackson Davis   Category: Architecture

I have designed the most buildings of any living American architect.
Alexander Jackson Davis   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

In Los Angeles, by the time you're 35, you're older than most of the buildings.
Delia Ephron   Category: Architecture

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

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   Category: Architecture

Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
Thomas Fuller   Category: Architecture

The interior of the house personifies the private world; the exterior of it is part of the outside world.
Stephen Gardiner   Category: Architecture

What people want, above all, is order.
Stephen Gardiner   Category: Architecture

Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.
Antonio Gaudi   Category: Architecture

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
Antonio Gaudi   Category: Architecture

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
Frank Gehry   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

If I have a style, I am not aware of it.
Michael Graves   Category: Architecture

In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function.
Michael Graves   Category: Architecture

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

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   Category: Architecture

A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive.
Helmut Jahn   Category: Architecture

Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.
Helmut Jahn   Category: Architecture

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
Philip Johnson   Category: Architecture

I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?
Philip Johnson   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.
Louis Kahn   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
Thomas Kempis   Category: Architecture

Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.
Rem Koolhaas   Category: Architecture

Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.
Daniel Libeskind   Category: Architecture

To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.
Daniel Libeskind   Category: Architecture

I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me.
Maya Lin   Category: Architecture

Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have.
Maya Lin   Category: Architecture

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

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.
Adolf Loos   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness.
Thom Mayne   Category: Architecture

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.
Richard Meier   Category: Architecture

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.
Julia Morgan   Category: Architecture

My buildings will be my legacy... they will speak for me long after I'm gone.
Julia Morgan   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.
John Osborne   Category: Architecture

Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings.
Marcus V. Pollio   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

Buildings should serve people, not the other way around.
John Portman   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.
Ayn Rand   Category: Architecture

I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.
Ayn Rand   Category: Architecture

Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.
Richard Rogers   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe   Category: Architecture

Less is more.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe   Category: Architecture

Whatever good things we build end up building us.
Jim Rohn   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all.
Harry Seidler   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.
Saul Steinberg   Category: Architecture

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   Category: Architecture

But the building's identity resided in the ornament.
Louis Sullivan   Category: Architecture

Form follows function.
Louis Sullivan   Category: Architecture