Architecture Quotes

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.- Gilbert K. Chesterton



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



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



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


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


We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.-R. Buckminster Fuller



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


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



Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.-Stephen Gardiner


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


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


Each new situation requires a new architecture.-Jean Nouvel


Form follows function.-Louis Sullivan



Buildings should serve people, not the other way around.-John Portman


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


Less is more.-Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.-Luis Barragan



We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. – Winston Churchill



The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.-Frank Lloyd Wright


Don’t clap too hard – it’s a very old building.-John Osborne


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


Architecture begins where engineering ends.-Walter Gropius


I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me.-Maya Lin


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


Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence.-Daniel Burnham



Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.-Rem Koolhaas



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



Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand.-Toyo Ito



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



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



The building’s identity resided in the ornament.-Louis Sullivan



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


Architecture is inhabited sculpture.-Constantin Brancusi



Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture.-Bruce Jackson



When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan.-Tadao Ando


I call architecture frozen music.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Architecture is invention.-Oscar Niemeyer



Whatever good things we build end up building us.-Jim Rohn



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



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



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



Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.-Louis Kahn



Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.-Helmut Jahn



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



Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.-Frank Lloyd Wright



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




My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.-Julia Morgan


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


The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.-Thomas a Kempis



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


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



Light, God’s eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.-Thomas Fuller


I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.-Ayn Rand


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


Nothing requires the architect’s care more than the due proportions of buildings.-Vitruvius


A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.-Guillaume Apollinaire

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