The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
I have an all-Japanese design team, and none of them speak English. So it's often funny and surprising how my ideas end up lost in translation.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
A part of my kind of design and inspiration ethos is that I carry around a leather notebook and I sketch in it, doodle in it, write notes in it, and I put pictures in it.