A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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.