20 Amazing Quote About Architecture And Design

Updated on November 3, 2018 in Quotes 2019

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture, they say. Here are 20 memorable quotes by architects, designers and critics. “Less is more” is perhaps one of the most influential quotes of all time, this can be seen with Jonathan Ive’s product design in the Apple’s product line. If you’re into motivation quotes, do check out this other article on 35 Inspirational Quotes.

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The straight line belongs to man, the curved line belongs to God. – Antonio Gaudi


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


When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers. – Collen C.Barrett


I don’t know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do. – Frank Gehry


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


Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music. – Friedrich von Schelling


Architects believe that not only do they sit at the right hand of God, but that if God ever gets up, they take the chair. – Karen Moyer

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Form ever follows function. – Louis Henry Sullivan


Less is more. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


I pick up my pen. It flows. A building appears. There it is. There is nothing more to say. – Oscar Niemeyer


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


Architects are pretty much high-class whores. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we’ve both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business. – Philip Johnson


You can’t photograph that building. Only people who have been there can experience it. – Steven Holl


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


Light, God’s eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building. – Thomas Fuller


Architecture begins where engineering ends. – Walter Gropius


We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. – Winston Churchill


There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one? – Zaha Hadid

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