10 Quotes By Famous Architects On Architecture

Updated on November 3, 2018 in Quotes 2019

The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building. – Louis Kahn
The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building. – Louis Kahn

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

You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site. – Frank Lloyd Wright
You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site. – Frank Lloyd Wright

As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown. – Norman Foster
As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown. – Norman Foster

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

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

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

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Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity. – Renzo Piano
Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity. – Renzo Piano

My buildings are more famous than me. – Jean Nouvel
My buildings are more famous than me. – Jean Nouvel

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

God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper. – Alvar Aalto
God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper. – Alvar Aalto

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