- Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.
If you seek a monument, gaze around.: inscription in St Paul's Cathedral, London, attributed to the son of Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723), its architect
- In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it's modern architecture.
Guardian 20 February 1979 1929– British journalist: in
- We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us. 1874–1965 British Conservative statesman, Prime Minister 1940–5, 1951–5: in the House of Commons, 28 October 1943
- Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.
What We Live By (1932) pt. 2, ch. 12 French priest, writer, and lecturer:
- He builded better than he knew;—
The conscious stone to beauty grew.
1803–82 American philosopher and poet: ‘The Problem’ (1847)
- Light (God's eldest daughter) is a principal beauty in a building.
The Holy State and the Profane State bk. 3 ‘Of Building’ 1608–61 English preacher and historian:
- Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
New York Times 27 December 1964 1906–2005 American architect:
- A house is a machine for living in.
Vers une architecture (1923); see Tolstoy 1887–1965 French architect:
- There will never be great architects or great architecture without great patrons.
Country Life 8 May 1915 1869–1944 English architect: in
- God is in the details.
New York Times 19 August 1969 1886–1969 German-born architect and designer: in
- A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture. Nearly everything that encloses space on a scale sufficient for a human being to move in is a building; the term architecture applies only to buildings designed with a view to aesthetic appeal.
An Outline of European Architecture (1943) 1902–83 German-born architectural historian:
- Little boxes on the hillside…
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.
on the tract houses in the hills to the south of San Francisco 1900–78 American songwriter: ‘Little Boxes’ (1962 song)
- 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.
Lectures on Architecture and Painting (1854) Lectures 1 and 2 (addenda) 1819–1900 English art and social critic:
- When we build, let us think that we build for ever.
Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849) ‘The Lamp of Memory’ sect. 10 1819–1900 English art and social critic:
- Architecture in general is frozen music.
Philosophie der Kunst (1809) 1775–1854 German philosopher:
- Form follows function.
The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered (1896) 1856–1924 American architect:
- Less is a bore.
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966) ch. 2; see Mies van der Rohe 1925– American architect:
- Now these should be so carried out that account is taken of strength, utility, grace.
bc Roman architect and military engineer: On Architecture bk. 1, ch. 3, sect. 2; see Wotton fl. 1st century
- You think philosophy is difficult enough but I can tell you it is nothing to the difficulty of being a good architect.
on designing his sister's house
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Personal Recollections (1981) ch. 6 1889–1951 Austrian-born philosopher: said in 1930, M O'C. Drury ‘Conversations with Wittgenstein’ in Rush Rhees (ed.)
- Well building hath three conditions. Commodity, firmness, and delight.
Elements of Architecture (1624) pt. 1; see Vitruvius 1568–1639 English poet and diplomat:
- Architecture has its political use; public buildings being the ornament of a country; it establishes a nation, draws people and commerce; makes the people love their native country…Architecture aims at eternity.
Parentalia; or Memoirs of the Family of the Wrens (1750) 1632–1723 English architect and astronomer: ‘Of Architecture’ (written 1666) in Christopher Wren (1675–1747)
- The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines—so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings.
New York Times 4 October 1953, sect. 6 1867–1959 American architect: in