158 Architecture And Design Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of architecture and design quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about what is design.

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The Most Famous Architecture And Design Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Architecture is not just for the moment, it is not just for the next fashion magazine. — Daniel Libeskind

Architecture is a art when one consciously or unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the atmosphere and when this environment produces well being. — Luis Barragan

I make no special difference between architecture and design, they are two different stages of invention. — Ettore Sottsass

Architecture is a hazardous mixture of omnipotence and impotence. It is by definition a c h a o t i c a d v e n t u r e... In other words, the utopian enterprise. — Rem Koolhaas

Architecture is invention. — Oscar Niemeyer

Architecture begins where engineering ends. — Walter Gropius

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space ... On the one hand it's about shelter, but it's also about pleasure. — Zaha Hadid

The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man's life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence. — Eero Saarinen

I don't think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think. — Zaha Hadid

Architecture which enters into a symbiosis with light does not merely create form in light, by day and at night, but allow light to become form. — Richard Meier

Short Architecture And Design Quotes

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  • I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do. — Frank Gehry
  • The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made. — Louis Kahn
  • The room is there for the human being - not the human being for the room. — El Lissitzky
  • Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity. — Renzo Piano
  • To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history, but to articulate it. — Daniel Libeskind
  • The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness. — Massimo Vignelli
  • An object should be judged by whether it has a form consistent with its use. — Bruno Munari
  • A design isn't finished until someone is using it. — Brenda Laurel
  • Form ever follows function. — Louis Sullivan

Architecture And Design Image Quotes

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Architecture and design quote by Frank Gehry

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

Architecture and design quote by Louis Kahn

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

Architecture and design quote by El Lissitzky

The room is there for the human being - not the human being for the room. — El Lissitzky

Architecture and design quote Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.
Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.

Architecture And Interior Design Quotes

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Even if it's not a style of architecture or period you like, a decorator has to have a feel for a house's personality and try not to fight against it. I like to get the juice out of a house and not spoil it. — Nancy Lancaster

Interior design is a travesty of the architectural process and a frightening condemnation of the credulity, helplessness and gullibility of the most formidable consumers — Stephen Bayley

A lot of my ideas come from McNally Jackson bookstore. One of my favorite things to do is just go there and look through architecture books and interior design books. Something about the aesthetics of space and beautiful images works with my brain. — St. Lucia

Architecture and design quote Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.
Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.

Architecture would lead us to all the arts, as it did with earlier mean: but if we despise it and take no note of how we are housed, the other arts will have a hard time of it indeed. — William Morris

I'm a designer, which includes interiors, architecture, fashion, furniture, and lifestyle. — Kelly Wearstler

What Is Design Quotes

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The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design. — Massimo Vignelli

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

God is with the broken-hearted. When your heart breaks, it’s a good thing – the breaking of the heart is what opens it up to the light of Allah. The dunya is designed to break your heart, to crush it. — Hamza Yusuf

Architecture and design quote Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak
Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak

I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is. — B. F. Skinner

Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, sharing what you believe in with other people. — Shepard Fairey

The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world. — Alicia Keys

Architecture and design quote Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies. Democratic nations should come together in an association designed to help each other and promote what is a universal value - democracy. — Benazir Bhutto

I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing. — Tadao Ando

Creative people have to believe in the value of their work. If you don’t have any belief then you can’t give anything—designing is an act of giving, and a belief in the value of the work fuels the desire to express something. It’s important to know what your values are and to take care of them. — Peter Saville

Just as typography is human speech translated into what can be read, so photography is the translation of reality into a readable image. — Herbert Bayer

What Is Architecture Quotes

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

What surprises me most in architecture, as in other techniques, is that a project has one life in its built state but another in its written or drawn state. — Aldo Rossi

Build your architecture from what is beneath your feet. — Hassan Fathy

Architecture and design quote If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone els
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.

Minimalism is not defined by what is not there but by the rightness of what is and the richness with which this is experienced. — John Pawson

It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished. — William H. Whyte

Architecture is bound to situation. And I feel like the site is a metaphysical link, a poetic link, to what a building can be. — Steven Holl

Architecture and design quote Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the ide
Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the idea wasn't theirs.

I really like the city of Vienna. I like its art, its music and its architecture. In short, I like the culture that Vienna represents. What really captures me is the period around 1900 - the time of Freud, Schnitzler and Klimt. This is the period in which the modern view of mind was born. — Eric Kandel

Human beings can be beautiful. If they are not beautiful it is entirely their own fault. It is what they do to themselves that makes them ugly. The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. — Frank Lloyd Wright

When an architect is asked what his best building is, he usually answers, "The next one." — Emilio Ambasz

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

Simple Architecture Quotes

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Nothing in this world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people. — Jan Gehl

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple. — John Ruskin

In the face of the economic plight, it is our task to become pioneers of simplicity, that is, to find a simple form for all of life's necessities, which is at the same time respectable and genuine. — Oskar Schlemmer

Architecture and design quote Talking about music is like dancing about architecture
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture

As a designer, the mission with which we have been charged is simple: providing space at the right cost. — Harry von Zell

I consider that sex is part of life as much as architecture, fashion, art or food. Sex is life, simple. And I refuse to consider that sex should be hidden. When you hide sex, problems start because sex becomes dangerous. — Olivier Zahm

Whilst acting is my career, architecture is my passion. Selecting this development as my first major construction project has been a simple decision. It will underpin not only my values for environmentally friendly architecture, but also embrace my career in entertainment — Brad Pitt

Architecture and design quote Good design is as little design as possible.
Good design is as little design as possible.

I think architecture becomes interesting when it has a double character, that is, when it is as simple as possible but, at the same time as complex as possible — Tadao Ando

Architecture was my way of expressing my ideals: to be simple, to create a world equal to everyone, to look at people with optimism, that everyone has a gift. I don’t want anything but general happiness. Why is that bad? — Oscar Niemeyer

Architectural Design Quotes

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Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture. — Peter York

A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body. — Christian Dior

One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again. — Renzo Piano

Architecture and design quote Design is where science and art break even.
Design is where science and art break even.

A modern building should derive its architectural significance solely from the vigour and consequence of its own organic proportions. It must be true to itself, logically transparent, and virginal of lies or trivialities. — Walter Gropius

If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. — Frank Lloyd Wright

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To create, one must first question everything. — Eileen Gray

Architecture and design quote Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everythi
Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.

It wasn't that I had any great dream of being an architect. I just wanted to make things. Whether it was furniture, painting, interior design, or architecture. I just wanted to create something. — Tadao Ando

Cities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city building and city design. — Jane Jacobs

Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own earth — Frank Lloyd Wright

Good ideas come from everywhere. It's more important to recognize a good idea than to author it. — Jeanne Gang

Architecture And Art Quotes

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I have tried to get close to the frontier between architecture and sculpture and to understand architecture as an art. — Santiago Calatrava

Architecture is the art of reconciliation between ourselves andthe world, and this mediation takes place through the senses — Juhani Pallasmaa

Beauty or beast, the modern skyscraper is a major force with a strong magnetic field. It draws into its physical being all of the factors that propel and characterize modern civilization. The skyscraper is the point where art and the city meet. — Ada Louise Huxtable

Architecture and design quote Design is thinking made visual.
Design is thinking made visual.

Art should be created for life, not for the museum — Jean Nouvel

When I see beautiful clothes, I want to keep them, preserve them... Clothes, like architecture and art, reflect an era. — Azzedine Alaia

The dance is the mother of the arts. Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture in space. But the dance lives at once in time and space. — Curt Sachs

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

In art or architecture your project is only done when you say it's done. If you want to rip it apart at the eleventh hour and start all over again, you never finish. I was one of those crazy creatures. — Maya Lin

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

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture. — Salvador Dali

Design And Art Quotes

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He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist — Francis of Assisi

The Jiu Jitsu I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. — Helio Gracie

The artist constructs a new symbol with his brush. This symbol is not a recognizable form of anything which is already finished, already made, already existing in the world - it is a symbol of a new world, which is being built upon and which exists by way of people. — El Lissitzky

For me fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related both to me and to my body. I see it as an expression of identity combined with desire, moods and a cultural setting. — Iris van Herpen

The business and design of the Royal Society is: To improve the knowledge of naturall things, and all useful Arts, Manufactures, Mechanic practices, Engines and Inventions by Experiments-(not meddling with Divinity, Metaphysics, Moralls, Politicks, Grammar, Rhetoric or Logick). — Robert Hooke

You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt... or in front of a piece of graphic design. — Stefan Sagmeister

I never design a building before I've seen the site and met the people who will be using it. — Frank Lloyd Wright

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

The designer of today re-establishes the long-lost contact between art and the public, between living people and art as a living thing. — Bruno Munari

Having no purpose is the function of art, so somebody else can look at it and ask a question. Design is different - you're supposed to understand what's going on. You can be delighted by it, intrigued by it, but you're supposed to know it's a hot dog stand. — Paula Scher

Interior Design Quotes

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You create your own decoration. You choose your color, you choose your mood. ... If you are depressed, you put some bright yellow and suddenly you are happy. — Philippe Starck

Beige is atmosphere. It's bisque, it's ivory, it's cream, it's stone, it's toast, it's cappuccino. It;s well, it's magic. — Albert Hadley

I am going to design, in a great hurry, and I believe to build a station after my own fancy; that is, with engineering roofs, etc. etc. It is at Paddington, in cutting, and admitting of no exterior, all interior and all roofed in. — Isambard Kingdom Brunel

I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life. — Elsie De Wolfe

One sits more comfortably on a colour that one likes. — Verner Panton

I'm an artist, a designer, a craftsman, interior designer, half-architect. There's no one name that fits me very well. — Dale Chihuly

The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting. — Verner Panton

Luxury starts where functionality ends and where the true value is personal and so has no price or reason. — Marcel Wanders

There seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted momentarily out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe. — Dorothy Draper

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There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful. — William Morris

Great Architecture Quotes

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

There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons. — Edwin Lutyens

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space. — Philip Johnson

Great architecture has only two natural enemies: water and stupid men. — Richard Nickel

My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we - architects - can effect the quality of life of the people. — Richard Rogers

I truly believe that the great heroes that create the history of architecture are people who take risks and write to tell about it. — Peter Eisenman

The decorator of Las Colimas must have been a great admirer of both early Aztec and late Taco Bell architectural styles. — Ilona Andrews

To practice space is thus to repeat the joyful and silent experience of childhood; it is, in a place, to be other and to move toward the other...Kandinsky dreamed of: 'a great city built according to all the rules of architecture and then suddenly shaken by a force that defies all calculation. — Michel De Certeau

Architecture has its political Use; publick Buildings being the Ornament of a Country; it establishes a Nation, draws People and Commerce; makes the People love their native Country, which Passion is the Original of all great Actions in a Common-wealth.... Architecture aims at Eternity. — Christopher Wren

It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have... insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled. — John Ruskin

Beautiful Architecture Quotes

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Architecture is a small piece of this human equation, but for those of us who practice it, we believe in its potential to make a difference, to enlighten and to enrich the human experience, to penetrate the barriers of misunderstandin g and provide a beautiful context for life's drama. — Frank Gehry

There is a deep human need for beauty and if you ignore that need in architecture your buildings will not last — Roger Scruton

I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don't work on it directly. Beauty in architecture is driven by practicality. This is what you learn from studying the old townscapes of the Swiss farmers. — Peter Zumthor

...Nature builds up her refined and invisible architecture, with a delicacy eluding our conception, yet with a symmetry and beauty which we are never weary of admiring. — John Herschel

If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it. — Frank Lloyd Wright

In alarming proportions the following words have disappeared from architectural publications: beauty, inspiration, magic, sorcery, enchantment, and also serenity, mystery, silence, privacy, astonishment. All of these have found a loving home in my soul. — Luis Barragan

Architecture is for the young. If our teenagers don't get architecture - if they are not inspired, (then) we won't have the architecture that we must have if this country is going to be beautiful. — Frank Lloyd Wright

Good architecture is still the difficult, conscientious, creative, expressive planning for that elusive synthesis that is a near-contradiction in terms: efficiency and beauty. — Ada Louise Huxtable

The first principle of architectural beauty is that the essential lines of a construction be determined by a perfect appropriateness to its use. — Gustave Eiffel

My weakness ... is architecture. I think of my work as ephemeral architecture, dedicated to the beauty of the female body. — Christian Dior

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More Architecture And Design Quotes

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Architecture is not about designing somehting from a free, fanciful idea. It is about discovering and establishing one's own principle, some kind of regularity - finding an individual formula to apply to one's buildings. — Shigeru Ban

To go back to architecture, whats organic about architecture as a field, unlike product design, is this whole issue of holism and of monumentality is really our realm. Like, we have to design things which are coherent as a single object, but also break down into small rooms and have an identity of both the big scale and the small scale. — Greg Lynn

Home is where you hang your hangover. — James Crumley

A profound design process eventually makes the patron, the architect, and every occasional visitor in the building a slightly better human being. — Juhani Pallasmaa

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 never derived its force from stability of culture, but rather from the expression of those moments when that sense of stability slipped. — Mark Wigley

Architecture is not all about the design of the building and nothing else, it is also about the cultural setting and the ambience, the whole affair. — Michael Graves

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

And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture. — Arne Jacobsen

In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose. — Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

London is one of the most civilised places in the world for the procedure of making architecture and urban design. — Renzo Piano

You can't make an architect. But you can open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it. — Frank Lloyd Wright

The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good. — Richard Saul Wurman

We live in a time of renaissance ... cities are coming back to life, after a long neglect. — Daniel Libeskind

Here, then, is what I wanted to tell you of my architecture. I created it with courage and idealism, but also with an awareness of the fact that what is important is life, friends and attempting to make this unjust world a better place in which to live. — Oscar Niemeyer

Any work of architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake. — Luis Barragan

Architecture is a dangerous mix of power and importance. — Rem Koolhaas

Architectural and product designs have a narrative capacity - you can start to tell a story about them and imagine a lot of things. — Michael Graves

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

I have always accepted and respected all other schools of architecture, from the chill and elemental structures of Mies van der Rohe to the imagination and delirium of Gaudi. I must design what pleases me in a way that is naturally linked to my roots and the country of my origin. — Oscar Niemeyer

The greatest architectural illusion is not Baroque fancy or Victorian flamboyant, but minimalism. — Kevin McCloud

The remarkable social impact and economic success of the Internet is in many ways directly attributable to the architectural characteristics that were part of its design. The Internet was designed with no gatekeepers over new content or services. — Vinton Cerf

Architecture has to be greater than just architecture. It has to address social values, as well as technical and aesthetic values. On top of that, the one true gift that an architect has is his or her imagination. We take something ordinary and elevate it to something extraordinary. — Samuel Mockbee

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