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Top 150 Architecture quotes, Architecture sayings and quotations – Download free Architecture quotes photo and Quotes About Architecture images from for everybody. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

I call architecture frozen music. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Architecture begins where engineering ends. Walter Gropius

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

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

Whenever we witness art in a building, we are aware of an energy contained by it. Arthur Erickson

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

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

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

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 inhabited sculpture. Constantin Brancusi

Architects of grandeur are often the master builders of disillusionment. Bryant H. McGill

Cities are the greatest creations of humanity. Daniel Libeskind

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

To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works. Ai Weiwei

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

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

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

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

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

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

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. Louis Kahn

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The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in. Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A house is a machine for living in. Le Corbusier

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator. Antoni Gaudi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple. John Ruskin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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 am but an architectural composer. Alexander Jackson Davis

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

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

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

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

Each new situation requires a new architecture. Jean Nouvel

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

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They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar. Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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As architects we are often involved in the concrete-steel-and-glass aspect of it, but cities are social structures, and to be involved in imagining the future of cities and the type of relationships and the types of places that we’re making is something that intrigues me very much. Michael Arad

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

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

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

I don’t believe in morality in architecture. Michael Graves

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

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

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

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

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

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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

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. Gilbert K. Chesterton

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. Audre Lorde

The thing about Chicago is that it really isn’t like any other place. The architecture and the layout of the city are the best. I’m from the Midwest, and consider myself a Midwesterner. I feel most at home there. I love California. I have great friends in California. I just have always considered Illinois to be home. Vince Vaughn

Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space. Philip Johnson

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

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

If I was influenced by anything, it was architecture: structure having to do with logic. If you don’t do it right, the whole thing is going to cave in. In a certain sense, you can carry that to graphic design. Fortunately, however, nobody is going to die if you do it wrong. Paul Rand

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions. Coco Chanel

Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. Milton Friedman

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