Most famous quotes from the world of Architecture that have inspired and taught the present generation to never underestimate the combination of technology and design. Today we have brilliant structures that represent their visionary from Frank Gehry, Le Corbusier to Jim Rohn here is a list of quotes that keep the fire to construct new and innovative designs alive in the 21st century architects.

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  1. “One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again.”- Renzo Piano
  2. “I don’t think you can teach architecture. You can only inspire people.” -Zaha Hadid
  3. “Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own earth.”- Frank Lloyd Wright
  4. “If you weren’t an optimist, it would be impossible to be an architect.”- Sir Norman Foster
  5. “Architecture is an art form, but it is also a business. Designers need to be trained to solve their clients’ problems through design while leading their own firms “”large or small”” to become sustainable practices.”- Art Gensler
  6. “I took a risk in the design, but it fell into place.”- Sharon Davis
  7. “Life is architecture and architecture is the mirror of life.”- M. Pei
  8. “By dint of building well, you get to be a good architect” – Aristotle
  9. “Beauty perishes in life, but is immortal in art” – Leonardo da Vinci
  10. “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness” – Frank Gehry
  11. “The job of the architect today is to create beautiful buildings. That’s all” – Philip Johnson
  12. “Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light” -Le Corbusier
  13. “As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown” – Norman Foster
  14. “My work is not about “form follows function,” but “form follows beauty” or, even better, “form follows feminine” – Oscar Niemeyer
  15. “There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners” – Antonio Gaudi
  16. “When I’m working on a problem, I never think about its beauty, I just think about how to solve the problem, but when I finish it, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it’s wrong.”- Richard Buckminster Fuller
  17. “If a project is intense, valid, and has a powerful idea, its imperfections will be in the background” – Alberto Campo Baeza
  18. “Early in my career…I had to choose between an honest arrogance and a hypercritical humility… I deliberately choose an honest arrogance, and I’ve never been sorry” – Frank Lloyd Wright
  19. “We should attempt to bring nature, houses, and human beings together in a higher unity” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  20. “Any architectural work that does not express serenity is an error” – Luis Barragán
famous Quotes of Architecture-Frank Lloyd Wright -2
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  1. “The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it” – David Chipperfield
  2. “Architecture is a way of thinking about the world very similar in structure to writing a book, since both disciplines represent the same field and domain” – Rem Koolhaas
  3. Whatever good things we build end up building us. – Jim Rohn
  4. Architecture is a visual art and the buildings speak for themselves. – Julia Morgan
  5. I call architecture frozen music. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  6. Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There is begins. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  7. Architecture is the learned game correct and magnificent of forms assembled in the light. – Le Corbusier
  8. Good buildings come from good people and all problems are solved by good design. – Stephen Gardiner
  9. Each new situation requires a new architecture. – Jean Nouvel
  10. Architecture is inhabited sculpture. – Constantin Brancusi
  11. 98% of what gets built today is shit. – Frank Gehry
  12. Architecture is an expression of values. – Norman Foster
  13. Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times. – Richard Rogers
  14. Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake. – Luis Barragan
  15. We do not create the work. I believe we, in fact, are discoverers. – Glenn Murcutt
  16. One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time it is like life starting all over again. – Renzo Piano
  17. Architecture is not about space but about time. – Vito Acconel
  18. The door handle is the handshake of the building. – Juhani Pallasmaa
  19. The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it. – David Chipperfield
  20. I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. – Ayn Rand
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  1. Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. – Louis Kahn
  2. As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown. – Norman Foster
  3. God is in the details. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  4. I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture. – Tadao Ando
  5. My architecture is easy to understand and enjoy, I hope it also is hard to forget. – Oscar Niemeyer
  6. Even a brick wants to be something. – Louis Kahn
  7. A room is not a room without natural light. – Louis Kahn
  8. Life is architecture and architecture is the mirror of life. – I.M. Pei
  9. Build! Don’t Talk. – Ludwig Mies ven der Rohe
  10. Architects can’t force people to connect, it can only plan the crossing points, remove barriers and make the meeting places useful and attractive. – Denise Scott
  11. Whatever good things we build end up building us. – Jim Rohn
  12. Architecture is a visual art and the buildings speak for themselves. – Julia Morgan
  13. I call architecture frozen music. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There is begins. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
    Architecture is the learned game correct and magnificent of forms
  14. assembled in the light. – Le Corbusier
  15. Good buildings come from good people and all problems are solved by good design. – Stephen Gardiner
  16. Each new situation requires a new architecture. – Jean Nouvel
  17. Architecture is inhabited sculpture. – Constantin Brancusi
  18. 98% of what gets built today is shit. – Frank Gehry
  19. Architecture is an expression of values. – Norman Foster
  20. Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times. – Richard Rogers
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  1. Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistakes. – Luis Barragan
  2. We do not create the work. I believe we, in fact, are discoverers. – Glenn Murcutt
  3. One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time it is like life starting all over again. – Renzo Piano
  4. Architecture is not about space but about time. – Vito Acconel
  5. The door handle is the handshake of the building. – Juhani Pallasmaa
  6. The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it. – David Chipperfield
  7. I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. – Ayn Rand
  8. Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. – Louis Kahn
  9. As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown. – Norman Foster
  10. God is in the details. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  11. I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture. – Tadao Ando
  12. My architecture is easy to understand and enjoy, I hope it also is hard to forget. – Oscar Niemeyer
  13. Even a brick wants to be something. – Louis Kahn
  14. A room is not a room without natural light. – Louis Kahn
  15. Life is architecture and architecture is the mirror of life. – I.M. Pei
  16. Build! Don’t Talk. – Ludwig Mies ven der Rohe
  17. Architects can’t force people to connect, it can only plan the crossing points, remove barriers and make the meeting places useful and attractive. – Denise Scott
  18. “A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”― Robertson Davies
  19. “Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.”― Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
famous Quotes of Architecture- Mario Pei
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  1. “A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”― Frank Lloyd Wright
  2. “It is in dialogue with pain that many beautiful things acquire their value. Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us.”― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
  3. “Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go.”― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
  4. “We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.”― Karl Lagerfeld
  5. “I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals.”― Noël Coward, Collected Sketches and Lyrics
  6. “As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “S” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.”― Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural House
  7. “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”― Winston S Churchill
  8. “Cheops’ Law: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.”― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
  9. “Bad architecture is in the end as much a failure of psychology as of design. It is an example expressed through materials of the same tendencies which in other domains will lead us to marry the wrong people, choose inappropriate jobs and book unsuccessful holidays: the tendency not to understand who we are and what will satisfy us.”― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
  10. “Gracie: You have an unusual house. Have you lived here long?
    Bobby Tom: A couple of years. I don’t much like it myself, but the architect is real proud of it. She calls it urban Stone Age with a Japanese Tahitian influence. I sort of just call it ugly.”― Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heaven, Texas
  11. “A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.”― Ezra Pound
  12. “The door handle is the handshake of the building.”― Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses
  13. “I think one of the primary goals of a feminist landscape architecture would be to work toward a public landscape in which we can roam the streets at midnight, in which every square is available for Virginia Woolf to make up her novels ”― Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics
  14. “Marble, I perceive, covers a multitude of sins.”― Aldous Huxley
  15. “Italian cities have long been held up as ideals, not least by New Yorkers and Londoners enthralled by the ways their architecture gives beauty and meaning to everyday acts.”― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
  16. “A house can have integrity, just like a person,’ said Roark, ‘and just as seldom.”― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
  17. “The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”― Michelangelo
  18. “When they first built the University of California at Irvine they just put the buildings in. They did not put any sidewalks, they just planted grass. The next year, they came back and put the sidewalks where the trails were in the grass. Perl is just that kind of language. It is not designed from first principles. Perl is those sidewalks in the grass.”― Larry Wall
  19. “The architect had not stopped to bother about columns and porticos, proportions or interiors, or any limitation upon the epic he sought to materialize; he had simply made a servant of Nature – art can go no further.”― Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
  20. “Forests were the first temples of God and in forests men grasped their first idea of architecture.”― James C. Snyder, Introduction to Architecture
  21. “Eiffel saw his Tower in the form of a serious object, rational, useful; men return it to him in the form of a great baroque dream which quite naturally touches on the borders of the irrational … architecture is always dream and function, expression of a utopia and instrument of a convenience.”― Roland Barthes, The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies
famous Quotes of Architecture- Tadao Ando
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  2. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/architecture
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