Architecture Quotes

29 Inspiring architecture and design related quotes.
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    “We’re all victims of the architect. Architecture is the only art that you can’t help but feel. You can avoid paintings, you can avoid music, and you can even avoid history. But good luck getting away from architecture.”
    Humans of New York
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    "The architect is like a sculptor when it comes to massing. He's a geometer when he draws a plan, a mechanic when he joints the structure and a painter for distributing affects."
    The life of forms in art Book by Henri Focillon 1934
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    "I'm not a designer. I'm a composer."
    Louis Kahn
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    "You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site."
    Frank Lloyd Wright
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    "An artist work is usually displayed in a gallery. A writer's words are typically confined to the pages of magazines and books. But an architect's oeuvre can be seen practically everywhere."
    Unknown
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    "If you can design one thing, you can design everything. "
    Massimo Vignelli
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    "If you do it right, it will last forever."
    Massimo Vignelli
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    "Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style."
    Massimo Vignelli
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    "The business of architecture is to establish emotional relationships by means of raw materials."
    Le Corbusier 1923
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    “I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies.”
    Le Corbusier
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    "But out of limitations comes creativity."
    Debbie Allen
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    "Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work"
    Chuck Close
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    "I do not believe architecture has to speak too much. It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind."
    Tadao Ando
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    "As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown."
    Horman Foster
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    "Architecture should speak of its time and space but yearn for timelessness."
    Frank Gehry
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    "Architecture is just art we live in."
    Jake Stone
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    "Whatever good things we build end up building is."
    Jim Rohn
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    "Architecture is a visual art and the buildings speak for themselves."
    Julia Morgan
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    "I call architecture frozen music."
    Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
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    "One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time it is like life starting all over again."
    Renzo Piano
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    "Architecture is not about space but about time."
    Vito Acconel
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    "The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it."
    David Chipperfield
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    "I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."
    Ayn Rand
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    "I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture."
    Tadao Ando
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    "My architecture is easy to understand and enjoy, I hope it is also hard to forget."
    Oscar Niemeyer
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    "Even a brick wants to be something."
    Louis Kahn
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    "Life is architecture and architecture is the mirror of life."
    I.M. Pei
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    "Details are not details. They make the design."
    Charles Eames
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    “Architecture is like writing. You have to edit it over and over so it looks effortless.”
    Zaha Hadid