Designers are very fickle. I never wanted to be a victim of that. You’re in one minute, out the next.
The primary factor is proportions.
The proper study of mankind is the science of design.
The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.
When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.
I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.
I’ve never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn’t made money with it.
If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.
The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.
Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Architecture tends to consume everything else, it has become one’s entire life.
As a designer, the mission with which we have been charged is simple: providing space at the right cost.
Harry von Zell
Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns.
Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.
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.
Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.
The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.