Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.