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Quotes of Famous People About Architecture




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

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

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

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

I call architecture frozen music.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.
Louis Kahn

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Architecture begins where engineering ends.
Walter Gropius

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

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

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 is the art of how to waste space.
Philip Johnson

Architecture is invention.
Oscar Niemeyer

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

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

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

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

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


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