40+ Best Architecture Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Architecture Quotes

Less is more Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines Frank Lloyd Wright

Less is a bore Robert Venturi

If you weren’t an optimist, it would be impossible to be an architect Norman Foster

Less is only more where more is no good Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Yes is more Bjarke İngels

You can learn from the past, but you can’t continue to be in the past history is not a substitute for imagination Frank Gehry

Sometimes less is more than enough

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

If less is more, maybe nothing is everything  Rem Koolhaas

The limits of architecture are its strength Its inability to give form to a transient idea Its inevitable tendency to stabilize, is the latent power of architecture David Chipperfield

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication Leonardo da Vinci

Architecture arouses sentiments in man The architect’s task, therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise Adolf Loos

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

I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think Zaha Hadid

Architecture is the art of how to waste space Philip johnson

We use in German the word Baukunst that are two words Bau Building and Kunst Art The art is the refinement of the building We hated the word architecture because architecture is something from the outside Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

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

Architecture begins where engineering ends Walter Gropius

Architecture is inhabited sculpture Constantin Brancusi

Give them the vision of Oz, show them the direction, convince them you can create the yellow brick road the rest is civil engineering Dirk Susharme

Architecture is a ride  a physical ride and an intellectual ride Antoine Predock

I think people should try to teach young children that these qualities  stubbornness and a capacity to listen  might like like they are opposites, but they are not Renzo Piano

Architecture is a social act and the material theater of human activitySpiro Kostof

You have to really believe in not only yourself; you have to believe that the world is worth your sacrifices Zaha Hadid

Architecture is what nature cannot make Architecture is something unnatural but not something made u Louis Kahn

Architecture is about trying to make the world a little bit more like our dreams Bjarke Ingels

Architecture is too slow in its realization to be a problem solver Cedric Price

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

Architecture is the thoughtful making of space Louis Khan

But out of limitations comes creativity Debbie Allen

Architecture is like writing You have to edit it over and over so it looks effortless Zaha Hadid

I do not believe architecture has to speak too much. It should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind Tadao Ando

Architecture is always dream and function, expression of a utopia and instrument of a convenience Roland Barthes

A room is not a room without natural light Louis Kahn

Architecture is a political act, by nature It has to do with the relationships between people and how they decide to change their conditions of living Lebbeus Woods

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

A design isn’t finished until someone is using it Brenda Laurel

Architecture is like writing You have to edit it over and over, so it looks effortless Zaha Hadid

Form ever follows function Louis Sullivan

Build, don’t talk Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Function First Michael E. Pipkins

I prefer drawing to talking Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies Le Corbusier

Function influence but does not dictate form Eero Saarinen

Architecture is just art we live in why doesn’t anybody get that? Jake Stone 

Where form comes from I don’t know, but it has nothing at all to do with the functional or sociological aspects of our architecture Philip Johnson

Space is the breath of art Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture is not about form Peter Zumthor

The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need, but the creation of a need The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it Now we could not live without it Louis I Kahn

Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times Richard Rogers

Tradition is a discipline, a defense against fantasy, against ephemeral fashions, against the harmful errors of mediocrities Franco Albini

My work is not about form follows function but form follows beauty or, even better, form follows feminine Oscar Niemeyer

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture Steve Martin

A house is a machine for living in Le Corbusier

We don’t believe in moving to a new place and replicating the old one you left behind Where’s the fun in that? Andrew Fisher

A house is not a machine to live in It is the shell of man, his extension, his release, his spiritual emanation Eileen Gray

We shape our buildings thereafter, they shape us Winston Churchill

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose Charles Eames

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together There it begins Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

I don’t want to be interesting I want to be good Mies van der Rohe

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

I don’t know why people hire architects and then tell them what to doFrank Gehry

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

In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose Augustus W. N. Pugin

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new Socrates

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

Good design is a matter of discipline It starts by looking at the problem and collecting all the available information about it If you understand the problem, you have the solution It’s really more about logic than imagination Massimo Vignelli

We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us Winston Churchill

Whatever we do, if not understood, fails to communicate and is wasted effort Massimo Vignelli

Architecture must concern itself continually with the socially beneficial distortion of the environment Cedric Price

The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness Fight against the ugliness Massimo Vignelli

Architect One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money Ambrose Bierc

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable Great design is making something memorable and meaningful Dieter Rams

Prose is Architecture, not interior decoration Ernest Hemingway

I like design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable I like it to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless Massimo Vignelli

It is therefore indisputable that the limbs of architecture are derived from the limbs of man Michelangelo

One life is too short for doing everything Massimo Vignelli

The modern architect is, generally speaking, art’s greatest enemy Pierre Auguste Renoir

Good design is ubiquitous and forever Bad design is localized and temporary Massimo Vignelli

Among the planets of the arts, architecture is the dark side of the moon Bruno Zevi

Minimalism is beyond time. It is the stillness of perfection Massimo Vignelli