Amusing Architect’s Quotes


“I understand that, today, some developers are asking architects to design eye-catching, iconic buildings. Fortunately, I’ve not had that kind of client so far.” Fumihiko Maki (not a Marbella architect!!!)

“Less is a bore.” Robert Venturi (dour yes but also not a Marbella architect)

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

“A camel is a horse designed by committee.” Sir Alec Issigonis

“Good architecture is like a good therapy session, a good marriage, a good poem – gently and almost invisibly allowing you to be you, as flawed and as beautiful as you are.” Robert Sullivan

“Architecture is the art of how to waste space.” Philip Johnson

“Very often the opinion of the clients must be disregarded in their own interest.” John M. Johnson can we say that on the website? people might think we mean it………nah go on leave it in!

“For me, design is like choosing what I’m going to wear for the day – only much more complicated and not really the same at all.” Robynne Raye

“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

“I call architecture frozen music.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Generally speaking, I think that if you do anything with commitment and passion, it will come good.” Kevin McCloud

“Try Not to Become a Man of Success. Rather Become a Man of Value.” Albert Einstein

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

“Your home should be about enriching the daily experience”. Kevin McCloud

“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” Winston Churchill

“Imagine you are building a new house and you take your dream to an architect. It is his or her job to take that loose bag of ingredients, that half written recipe, whip light and air into it, spoon it into different, enticing shapes and then gently bake it into an exquisite, lighter-than-air syllabub,. That’s what you pay them for. Not that you’ll ever notice because an architect will deliver so much more value for money in your design ( storage, clever circulation, beauty, imagination) it’s as though their services come entirely for free. What’s it to be then? In my left hand, a lemon and a box of eggs. In my right, a delicious concoction of sweetness to transport the soul. I know which I’d choose.” Kevin McCloud
“The thing that I champion is sustainability. My terror is that suddenly we see it as a luxury not an essential. That’s a danger.” Kevin McCloud

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