Architectural Design Quotes


Always beware an unsigned architectural design. Martin Filler

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. Louis Kahn

All those involved in the construction of an architectural design, from the architect to the builder, have an attachment to the architecture, although it's difficult to quantify the attachment. Tadao Ando

Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union. Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Good ideas come from everywhere. It's more important to recognize a good idea than to author it. Jeanne Gang

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

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

My father was a master carpenter and builder. Architectural design, engineering design, mechanical design, three-dimensional views, that was my shtick, my forte. Bobby Seale

The Japanese garden is a very important tool in Japanese architectural design because, not only is a garden traditionally included in any house design, the garden itself also reflects a deeper set of cultural meanings and traditions. Whereas the English garden seeks to make only an aesthetic impression, the Japanese garden is both aesthetic and reflective. The most basic element of any Japanese garden design comes from the realization that every detail has a significant value. E. J. W. Barber

My furniture is an exercise in architecture or architectural mood. Ettore Sottsass

People say I design architectural icons. If I design a building and it becomes an icon, that's ok. Zaha Hadid

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

I am equally proud of all of my architectural projects. It's always rewarding to see an ambitious design become reality. Zaha Hadid

Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated. Paul Rand

Because it is a national landmark, there is only one way to judge the Kennedy Center - against the established standard of progressive and innovative excellence in architectural design that this country is known and admired for internationally. Unfortunately, the Kennedy Center not only does not achieve this standard of innovative excellence; it also did not seek it. The architect opted for something ambiguously called 'timelessness' and produced meaninglessness. It is to the Washington manner born. Too bad, since there is so much of it. Ada Louise Huxtable

All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable. Frank Lloyd Wright

The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good. Richard Saul Wurman

Architectural and product designs have a narrative capacity - you can start to tell a story about them and imagine a lot of things. Michael Graves

The task of the architectural project is to reveal, through the transformation of form, the essence of the surrounding context. Vittorio Gregotti



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