As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that's always in style is color.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.