Crazy Architect Quotes Inspire Me: Top 20 Badass Quotes

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Crazy Architect Quotes Inspire Me: Top 20 Badass Quotes

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Crazy Architect Quotes Inspire Me: Top 20 Badass Quotes


After studying quotes from Architects and posting about them on social media, I have put together 20 of the most popular. These crazy architect quotes inspire me.

These wise words have all come from architects who I have admired and respected most of my life. Outrageous, sometimes humorous, and inspiring, these quotes have influenced me in some way or another. Maybe they will inspire you too. Don’t miss No. 1.  Enjoy.

No. 20:


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

-Sir Norman Foster, British Architect




“Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeve.”

-Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architect (1867-1959)




“Less is a bore”

-Robert Charles Venturi Jr. (1925-2018) American Architect




“I believe the way people live can be directed a little by Architecture.”

-Tadao Ando, Japanese Architect





“Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.” 

-Remment Lucas Koolhaas




“I prefer drawings to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies.”

-Le Corbusier, Swiss Architect (1887-1965)




“A room is not a room without natural light”

-Louis Kahn (1901-1974), American Architect




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

-Yoshio Taniguchi, Japanese Architect




“Architecture is a very dangerous job. If a writer makes a bad book, eh, people don’t read it. But if you make bad architecture, you impose ugliness on a place for a hundred years.”

-Renzo Piano, Italian Architect




“Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand.”

-Toyo Ito, Japanese Architect




“If architects weren’t arrogant, they wouldn’t be architects. I don’t know a modest good architect.”

-Philip Johnson (1906-2005), American Architect

No. 9:


“Architecture begins where engineering ends,”

-Walter Gropius, German Architect (1883-1969)


No. 8:


“I got everything from someone. Nobody can be original.”

-Philip Johnson (1906-2005), American Architect


No. 7:


“Look, architecture has a lot of places to hide behind, a lot of excuses. ‘The client made me do this.’ ‘The city made me do this.’ ‘Oh, the budget.’ I don’t believe that anymore.”

-Frank Gehry, American Architect


No. 6:


“My work is not about “form follows function,” but “form follows beauty” or, even better, “form follows feminine”.

-Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian Architect (1907-2012)


No. 5:


“Architecture should make us feel different, if not, engineering should be enough.”

-Daniel Libeskind, Polish-American Architect


No. 4:


“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 (1906-2005), American Architect


No. 3:


“98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit.”

-Frank Gehry, American Architect


No. 2:


“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?”

-Zaha Hadid British / Iraqi architect, (1950-2016)




“There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners”

– Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926) Catalan Architect


Who’s the Top Badass?

Antonio Gaudi is most famous for the masterpiece Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. If you think he was talented at architecture from an early age, then think again. Failing a lot of his modules, when they finally gave Gaudi his degree in 1878 the director of Barcelona Architecture School scoffed,

“We have given this academic title either to a fool or a genius. Time will show.”

Antonio Gaudí seemed obsessed with organic and geometric forms of nature and studied them profoundly.

Who’s your favourite?

Russell M. Henderson (AKA Architect Russell) is a Chartered Architect has worked and studied in 5 continents and currently works in Tanzania, East Africa.

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