Architecture Quotes

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


All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.- Frank Lloyd Wright


When we build, let us think that we build for ever. - John Ruskin


Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building. Thomas Fuller
A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.- Guillaume Apollinaire


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


Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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


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


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

Form ever follows function. - Louis Henry Sullivan


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


The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge


The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture. -Salvador Dalí


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


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


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 (1819-1900) English art critic.

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. - Le Corbusier

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

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

There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through - Dan Rice

Architecture is a social act and the material theater of human activity.- Spiro Kostof

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.- Coco Chanel

Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul - Ernest Dimnet

An architect is the drawer of dreams.- Grace McGarvie

Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music- Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.- Laurie Anderson

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

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

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

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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

This building is like a book. Its architecture is the binding, its text is in the glass and sculpture.- Malcolm Miller

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

Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man has a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over- Ernest Hemingway

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

Our architecture reflects truly as a mirror.- Louis Henri Sullivan

Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture- Frank Lloyd Wright

The architectural profession gave the public 50 years of modern architecture and the public’s response has been 10 years of the greatest wave of historical preservation in the history of man.- George E. Hartman

Architecture is politics.- Mitchell Kapor

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.- Lord Byron

Architecture is the work of nations- John Ruskin

In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well building has three conditions: Commodity, Firmness and Delight.- Henry Watton

I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead. [On his college registration experience]- G. K. Chesterton

I think Miss Monroe’s architecture is extremely good architecture.- Frank Lloyd Wright

Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world. (1939)- Frank Lloyd Wright

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.- J. Russell Lynes

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 style of architecture.- Ernest Hemingway

Buildings don’t exist to be pinned, like brooches, on the front of bigger structures to which they bear only the most distant of relationships.- Paul Goldberger

A man that has a taste of music, painting, or architecture, is like one that has another sense, when compared with such as have no relish of those arts- Joseph Addison

[It is] the most hideous waterfront structure ever inflicted on a city by a combination of architectural conceit and official bad taste. the Cathedral of Asphalt.- Robert Moses

True education is concerned not only with practical goals but also with values. Our aims assure of us of our material life, our values make possible our spiritual life.- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The long path from material through function to creative work has only one goal: to create order out of the desperate confusion of our time. We must have order, allocating to each thing it’s proper place and giving to each thing is due according to it’s nature.- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

And just as we acquaint ourselves with materials, just as we must understand functions, so we must become familiar with the psychological and spiritual factors of our day. No cultural activity is possible otherwise; for we are dependent on the spirit of our time.- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen- Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture is a continuing dialogue between generations which creates an environment across time. - Vincent Scully

Why can’t we have those curves and arches that express feeling in design? What is wrong with them? Why has everything got to be vertical, straight, unbending, only at right angles – and functional?- Charles, Prince of Wales

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.- Charles, Prince of Wales

To be an architect is to possess an individual voice speaking a generally understood language of form.- Robert A. M. Stern

In architecture the pride of man, his triumph over gravitation, his will to power, assume a visible form. Architecture is a sort of oratory of power by means of forms.- Friedrich Nietzsche

The materials of city planning are sky, space, trees, steel and cement in that order and in that hierarchy.- Le Corbusier

Buildings should be good neighbours.- Paul Thiry

Pictures deface walls oftener than they decorate them.- Frank Lloyd Wright

Life is rich, always changing, always challenging, and we architects have the task of transmitting into wood, concrete, glass and steel, of transforming human aspirations into habitable and meaningful space.- Arthur Erickson

A building is a string of events belonging together.- Chris Fawcett

Good architecture is like a piece of beautifully composed music crystallized in space that elevates our spirits beyond the limitation of time.- Tao Ho

Architecture (is) a theatre stage setting where the leading actors are the people, and to dramatically direct the dialogue between these people and space is the technique of designing.- Kisho Kurokawa

I saw the bathroom fixtures as a kind of American Trinity.- Claes Oldenberg

Perspective is worth 80 I.Q. points.- Alan Kay

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.- Mies van der Rohe

When you look on one of your contemporary ‘good copies’ of historical remains, ask yourself the question: Not what style, but in what civilization is this building? And the absurdity, vulgarity, anachronism and solecism of the modern structure will be revealed to you in a most startling fashion.- Louis H. Sullivan

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

No architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.- John Ruskin

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.- Constantin Brancusi

The flowering of geometry.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Society needs a good image of itself. That is the job of the architect.- Walter Gropius

Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together.- Mies van der Rohe

An arch never sleeps.- Hindu proverb

An architect never sleeps.- Brent Thompson

Develop an infallible technique and then place yourself at the mercy of inspiration.- Ralph Rapson

The reality of the building does not consist in the roof and walls, but in the space within to be lived in.- Lao-Tzu

Good architecture lets nature in.- Mario Pei

Architecture should be dedicated to keeping the outside out and the inside in.- Leonard Baskin

Early in life I had to choose between arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.- Frank Lloyd Wright

No house should ever be on a hill, or on anything. It should be of the hill. Hill and house should live together, each the happier for the other.- Frank Lloyd Wright

How can we expect our students to become bold and fearless in thought and action if we encase them in sentimental shrines feigning a culture which has long since disappeared?- Walter Gropius

The house does not frame the view: it projects the beholder into it.- Harwell Hamilton Harris

Architecture is space structured to serve man and to move him.- Etienne Gaboury

Take nothing for granted as beautiful or ugly, but take every building to pieces, and challenge every feature. Learn to distinguish the curious from the beautiful. Get the habit of analysis – analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind. ‘Think simples’ as my old master used to say – meaning to reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.- Frank Lloyd Wright

Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.- Eero Saarinen

In speculative buildings, which is most of our business, there are really only three chances to make architecture: the lobby or entrance sequence, the top and the elevator cab.- Chao-Ming Wu

A house is a machine for living.- Buckminster Fuller

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

The White House was designed by Hoban, a noted Irish-American architect, and I have no doubt that he believed by incorporating several features of the Dublin style he would make it more homelike for any President of Irish descent. It was a long wait, but I appreciate his efforts.- John F. Kennedy

Genius is personal, decided by fate, but it expresses itself by means of system. There is no work of art without system.- Le Corbusier

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

I call architecture ‘petrified music’.- Goethe

Form ever follows function.- Louis H. Sullivan

The purpose of a structure is to meet our needs, the purpose of architecture is to thrill us.- Brent Thompson