Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
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.
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.
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.