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.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.