A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
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.
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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.