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Famous Architecture Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The details are not the details. They make the design. – Charles Eames

I don’t think architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think. – Zaha Hadid

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. – I. M. Pei

The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty. – Frank Lloyd Wright

When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. – Buckminster Fuller

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

Architecture should be dedicated to keeping the outside world out and the inside world in. – Steven Holl

Less is more. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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

Architecture is the art we live in. – Unknown

God is in the details. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure. – Zaha Hadid

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 strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things. – Lindon Leader

I believe in the artistry of architecture and the harmony between human form and nature. – Tadao Ando

Architecture is not based on concrete and steel, and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder. – Daniel Libeskind

Architecture is the stage on which we live our lives. – Unknown

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

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

To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects. – Le Corbusier

Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun. – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Architecture is the thoughtful making of space. – Louis Kahn

Form ever follows function. – Louis Sullivan

Architecture begins where engineering ends. – Walter Gropius

The architect should be a crystal. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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

Form is not merely the expression of space. – Vittorio Gregotti

Architecture is the very mirror of life. You only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel the presence of the past, the spirit of a place; they are the reflection of society. – I. M. Pei

I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts. – Bill Gates

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

The life and soul of a building lies in its details. – Unknown

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

The architect should be a prophet… a prophet in the true sense of the term… if he can’t see at least ten years ahead don’t call him an architect. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Good architecture is like a piece of beautifully composed music freezing time and space. – Juhani Pallasmaa

Some architects have a preconceived notion of what kind of architecture they want to do, or they have a personal fame to protect. – Rem Koolhaas

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 is inherently optimistic. It is about the future. – Norman Foster

Architecture is an expression of values. – Norman Foster

The architect should strive to create spaces that will be loved even by those who are not bound to them by necessity. – Alvar Aalto

Modern architecture does not mean the use of immature new materials; the main thing is to refine materials in a more human direction. – Alvar Aalto

Architecture is not a private affair; a building is part of the street; a town is part of the smug built form. – E. Fay Jones

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