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I call architecture frozen music.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.

Frank Lloyd Wright

When we build, let us think that we build for ever.

John Ruskin

Don't fight forces, use them.

Richard Buckminster Fuller

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

Steve Martin

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Frank Lloyd Wright

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.

Arthur Erickson

It takes a great client to create great architecture.

Curtis W. Fentress

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

John Ruskin

Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.

Thomas Fuller

Some architects have a preconceived notion of what a building should be

Curtis W. Fentress

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.

Constantin Brancusi

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

Frank Gehry

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

Sallust

Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.

Frank Lloyd Wright

A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.

Guillaume Apollinaire

My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.

Luis Barragan

Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.

Frank Lloyd Wright

An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.

Frank Lloyd Wright

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

Winston Churchill

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

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.

Antoni Gaudi

All architects want to live beyond their deaths.

Philip Johnson

The only legitimate artists in England are the architects.

Benjamin Haydon

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.

Victor Hugo

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams.

Robert A. M. Stern

A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an authentic democracy.

Walter Gropius

The architecture of our future is not only unfinished; the scaffolding has hardly gone up.

George Lamming

I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?

Philip Johnson

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.

Ernest Hemingway

The architecture of a story can be a little bit different if it's a true story.

Joel Coen

I don't find Hollywood interesting, so I'm thinking of studying architecture instead.

Hayden Christensen

After about the first Millennium, Italy was the cradle of Romanesque architecture, which spread throughout Europe, much of it extending the structural daring with minimal visual elaboration.

Harry Seidler

Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring Rich clients in hordes to their knees; Just give me a home, in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease.

R. Buckminster Fuller

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines - so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The way of architecture is the quiet voice that underlies it and has guided it from the beginning.

Arthur Erickson

Technological considerations are of great importance to architecture and cities in the informational society.

Kenzo Tange

Color is a very critical thing. I've found that architects don't like colors. Engineers too. And so somebody has to stand in. Because this is the finish of it. It is the emotional part of a structure. I had great satisfaction in doing that.

John Hench

Does an architecture to assuage the spirit have a place?

Arthur Erickson

I did a comparison of a school of architects known as the New York Five. I compared their articulation of wall surfaces, which I enjoyed very much.

Parker Stevenson

I almost rented a house by an architect named Schindler, but I couldn't afford it. It was a jewel.

Parker Stevenson

Architecture doesn't come from theory. You don't think your way through a building.

Arthur Erickson

A journalist and an information architect face exactly the same problem - how to give shape to the pile of information in front of you in a way that will make it easy and natural for people to comprehend. I can't imagine any better preparation for the work I do now.

Jesse James Garrett

You can just drift unhappily towards this vision of heaven on earth, and ultimately that is what architecture is a vision of: Heaven on earth, at it's best.

Ben Nicholson

If you're into architecture and you're from the West, everything is hors d'oeuvres for working to rebuild the Temple. Ultimately you're led there. You can't escape it.

Ben Nicholson

The team architecture means setting up an organization that helps people produce that great work in teams.

Jay Chiat

I went to visit my father to tell him that I was going to go to college and become an architect - that was my dream. I was like, yeah I graduated from school, but it's not like you showed up for that. But all he was worried about is whether or not I wanted money from him.

Jake Roberts

Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I don't think of form as a kind of architecture. The architecture is the result of the forming. It is the kinesthetic and visual sense of position and wholeness that puts the thing into the realm of art.

Roy Lichtenstein

Architecture is to make us know and remember who we are.

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe

Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell.

John Milton

The architect represents neither a Dionysian nor an Apollinian condition: here it is the mighty act of will, the will which moves mountains, the intoxication of the strong will, which demands artistic expression. The most powerful men have always inspired the architects; the architect has always been influenced by power.

Friedrich Nietzsche

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.

John Ruskin

We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears!

John Ruskin

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.

John Ruskin

Architecture is a chained and fettered art. Far from being frozen music, it is an art constantly attempting to realize in solid, stable form those effects which music is able to conjure up in an instant

John Newenham Summerson

True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him. All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism.

Henry David Thoreau

Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.

E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White

Le Corbusier was the sort of relentlessly rational intellectual that only France loves wholeheartedly, the logician who flies higher and higher in ever-decreasing circles until, with one last, utterly inevitable induction, he disappears up his own fundamental aperture and emerges in the fourth dimension as a needle-thin umber bird.

Thomas Wolfe

At this present time, matter is still the best way to think of architecture, but I'm not so sure for very long. The computer is radicalizing the way we think about our world.

Ben Nicholson

We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don't go anywhere. They shouldn't be restless.

Minoru Yamasaki

Well, the whole story is in the book, but the short answer is that I was the first information architect in an organization that was traditionally design-oriented, and I felt I needed a tool to help me gain the trust and support of my colleagues.

Jesse James Garrett

Borne out of this, starting around the 17th Century was the Baroque era. It is my view that it is one of the architectural peak periods in western civilisation.

Harry Seidler

Our work is really about taking the best of what is in a place and working that into a project. We'd like to take your vision and goals and weave that into all the bricks and mortar and steel and glass put together, along with all the functional things that we need to make the airport work better.

Curtis W. Fentress

In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function.

Michael Graves

People actually ask me why I bring in projects on budget and on time. It seems I am not living up to the fashionable genius role. I really enjoy when a project gets down to the wire, and through sheer force of will and faith in our process, we cross the goal line, when most people thought it impossible.

Curtis W. Fentress

A bold architectural statement turns a public building into a landmark, but it is in the details where the architect becomes the real storyteller.

Curtis W. Fentress

The job of buildings is to improve human relations: architecture must ease them, not make them worse.

Ralph Erskine

We are stymied by regulations, limited choice and the threat of litigation. Neither consultants nor industry itself provide research which takes architecture forward.

Arthur Erickson

If you examine this, I think that you will find that it's the mechanics of Japanese architecture that have been thought of as the direct influence upon our architecture.

Minoru Yamasaki

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.

Salvador Dali

In short, the building becomes a theatrical demonstration of its functional ideal. In this romanticism, high-tech architecture is, of course, no different in spirit -- if totally different in form -- from all the romantic architecture of the past.

Dan Cruickshank

Today's developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise.

Arthur Erickson

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

G. K. Chesterton

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.

Arthur Erickson

Japanese architecture is very much copied in this country and in Europe.

Minoru Yamasaki

The architect, Peter Arens who is the monstrous carbuncle architect, not merely did his design which had won a public competition never get built but his practice suffered financially for some years.

Anthony Holden

You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.

Prince Of Wales Charles

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

Ambrose Bierce

The new architecture of transparency and lightness comes from Japan and Europe.

Arthur Erickson

God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech.

Quintilian

Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.

John Osborne

The architect must be a prophet... a prophet in the true sense of the term... if he can't see at least ten years ahead don't call him an architect.

Frank Lloyd Wright

A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.

Frank Lloyd Wright

To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.

Le Corbusier

Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.

Yoshio Taniguchi

I was studying to be an architect, I wasn't plotting to join the movies. Films were just another career option. I took acting up with the same schoolgirl enthusiasm I had for examinations. Acting is a job and I take it very seriously.

Aishwarya Rai

Where do architects and designers get their ideas? The answer, of course, is mainly from other architects and designers, so is it mere casuistry to distinguish between tradition and plagiarism?

Stephen Bayley

The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.

Frank Lloyd Wright

I don't believe in morality in architecture.

Michael Graves

I have no requirements for a style of architecture.

Michael Graves

I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.

Michael Graves

If I have a style, I am not aware of it.

Michael Graves

The rules of navigation never navigated a ship. The rules of architecture never built a house.

Thomas Reid

Revived in this country the long forgotten beauties of Gothic architecture.

James Wyatt

We think of enterprise architecture as the process we use for fully describing and mapping business functionality and business requirements and relating them to information systems requirements.

Tony Scott

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

Colleen C. Barrett

Profit and bottom line, the contemporary mantra, eliminates the very source of architectural expression.

Arthur Erickson

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