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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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 principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
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.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.