Famous Architects Quotes – As evidenced by the oft-read quote, ”The pen is mightier than the  sword” words quoted by  great people wield immense power. Everything we have ever learned, heard or even read has survived the ravishes of time and come to us in exactly the way they originated. Designing a building is not just science but art too. Some architects have mastered this art and have a strong perspective to shape the world.

Architects are creators of not only the built envelope but also of the world we live in. They have left the building and a few unbuilt quotes for us to wonder about. Architecture is all around us. The process of planning, designing, and constructing is an art form within itself. Just like we admire historical constructions, architecture plays an important role for future generations to witness our cultural achievements.

Our intellectual ideas become a reality with thoughtfully planned drawings, estimations, specifications, and structures. If you are an architecture lover or an aspiring architect, here are 50 constructive and inspiring famous architects quotes for you.

  • .”The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made.”
    Louis Kahn
  • “Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.”
    Mies van de Rohe
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  • Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”
    Frank Gehry
  • “Architecture is not based on concrete and steel, and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder”.
    Daniel Libeskind
  • “We shape our buildings: therefore they shape us.”
    Winston Churchill
  •  “Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.”
    – Yoshio Taniguchi
  • “It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.”
    David Allan Coe
  • “God is in the details.”
    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • “Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.”
    – Charles Eames
  •  “As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.”
     – Norman Foster
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  •  “There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?”
    Zaha Hadid
  •   “My work is not about “form follows function”, but “form follows beauty” or, even better, “form follows feminine”.”
      –Oscar Niemeyer
  •  “To create one must first question everything.”
    -Eileen gray
  •  “The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it.”
      –David Chipperfield
  •  “Context is so important, not to mimic… but to become part of the place.”
    David Adjaye
  •  “Design can be a powerful tool for good.”
    Mariam Kamara
  •  “I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?”
      -Philip Johnson
  •  “Whatever good things we build end up building us.”
     – Jim Rohn
  •  “The door handle is the handshake of the building.”
     – Juhani Pallasmaa
  •  “Life is architecture and architecture is the mirror of life.”
    I.M. Pei
  •  “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”.
  • “Everything is designed, few things are designed well.”
    David Allan Coe
  • “Practice safe design, use a concept.”
    Petrula Vrontikis
  • “People ignore design that ignores people.”
    Frank Chimero
  • “Design should never say, “Look at me!” It should always say, “Look at this!”
       – David Craib
  •  “Good architecture is like a good therapy session, a good marriage, a good poem – gently and almost invisibly allowing you to be you, as flawed and as beautiful as you are.”
     – Robert Sullivan
  • “Good architecture lets nature in.”
    Mario Pei
  • “Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity”.
      –Renzo Piano
  • “I call architecture frozen music.“
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  •  “Any work of architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake.”
     – Luis Barragán
  •  “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
       –Walt Disney
  •  “It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.”
    David Allan Coe
  •  “Buildings are deeply emotive structures which form our psyche.”
       –David Adjaye
  •  “If we learn to build with local materials, we have a future.”
       –Francis Kere
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  •  “Form ever follows function”
       -Louis Sullivan
  •   “Architecture is the learned game, correct & magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.”
      – Le Corbusier
  •  “I think you never stop learning.”
       –Norman Foster
  •  “For me, architecture is the means, not the end. It’s a means of making different life   forms possible.”
      –Bjarke Ingels
  •  Architecture is the alpha principle of all arts
     –Louis Ferdinand Celine
  • “Less is only more  where more is no good.”
       – Frank Lollyd Wright
  • “Certainly architecture is concerned with much more than just its physical attributes. It is a many layered thing. Beneath and beyond the strata of function and structure, materials and texture, lie the deepest and most compulsive layers of all.”
    Charles Correa
  • ”I said I do not want to make a building that looks like a building.”
       –BV doshi
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  •  “Architecture is invention.”
    Oscar Niemeyer
  •  ”Every building is a prototype, no two are alike.
       –Helmut Jahn
  • ”I don’t devide architecture , landscaping and gardening, to me they are one.”
       -Luis Barragan
  •  “Architecture aims at eternity.”
       – Christopher Wren
  • “My hope is that light, flexible architecture might bring about a new and open society.”
       – Frei Otto
  • “To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history, but to articulate it.”
       – Daniel Libeskind
  • “If you were not an optimist, it would be impossible to be an architect.”
         –Norman Foster
  • Architecture is not so much a knowledge of form, but a form of knowledge.”
       – Bernard Tschumi

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These quotes given by the architects will never fail to give the world a different perspective, a window to see the constructive moral behind living.






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