As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.
A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you're going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it's not a product; it's an understanding of human nature.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.