52+ Best Building Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational building quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Building Quotes

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

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. – Walt Disney

There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers’ battle with the heavens that cover them. – Federico Garcia Lorca

People ignore design that ignores people. – Frank Chimero

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it’s modern architecture. – Nancy Banks-Smith

All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Design should never say, Look at me! It should always say, Look at this! – David Craib

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent. – Joe Sparano

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

I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. – Ayn Rand

A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense. – Bruno Munari

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

I call architecture frozen music. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Any work of architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake. – Luis Barragán

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

Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money. – Ambrose Bierce

People who build their own home tend to be very courageous. These people are curious about life. They’re thinking about what it means to live in a house, rather than just buying a commodity and making it work. – Tom Kundig

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

Being a famous designer is like being a famous dentist. – Noreen Morioka

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

I am simply submerged in work from five in the morning to eleven at night; almost need a few days off to escape a breakdown! – Richard Neutra

The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong. – Marty Neumeier

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. – Henry David Thoreau

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere. – Albert Einstein

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

I understand that, today, some developers are asking architects to design eye-catching, iconic buildings. Fortunately, I’ve not had that kind of client so far. – Fumihiko Maki

The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made. – Louis Kahn

Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the idea wasn’t theirs. – Frank Chimero

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it is the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. – David Allan Coe

We shape our buildings: Thereafter, they shape us. – Winston Churchill

Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design. – Stephen Gardiner

When we build, let us think that we build forever. – John Ruskin

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

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. – Charles Dickens

A world which sees art and engineering as divided is not seeing the world as a whole. – Professor Sir Edmund Happold

Every great building once begun as a building plan. That means, sitting in that building plan on the table is a mighty structure not yet seen. It is the same with dreams. – Israelmore Ayivor

Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries. – Victor Hugo

We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don’t go anywhere. They shouldn’t be restless. – Minoru Yamasaki

Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves. – Adrienne Clarkson

One great building does not make a great city. – Thomas Heatherwick

Building a temple didn’t mean you believed in gods, it just meant you believed in architecture. – Terry Pratchett

A building without ornamentation is like a heaven without stars. – George Sandys

We built tall buildings, but we have not become any taller. – Dejan Stojanovic

If a building looks better under construction than it does when finished, then it’s a failure. – Douglas Coupland

Part of building a new nation means building a spirit of tolerance, love and respect amongst the people of this country. – Nelson Mandela

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

Building your own home is about desire, fantasy. But it’s achievable; anyone can do it. – Kevin McCloud

Either a building is part of a place or it is not. Once that kinship is there, time will only make it stronger. – Willa Cather

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

A building is not just a place to be but a way to be. – Frank Lloyd Wright

A building is hard to judge. It takes many years to find out whether it works. It’s not as simple as asking the people in the office whether they like it. – Helmut Jahn

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

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