I have seen the future of historic preservation and it is Midcentury Modern.

Vince Michael, PhD

To me, modernism is not a style but a lifestyle choice: A choice to be more aware of your surroundings, to be more optimistic about the future, and to be intellectually stimulated by where you live.


Orange is the happiest color

Frank Sinatra

What counts more than style is whether architecture improves our experience of the built world

Ada Louise Huxtable

A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured.

Louis Kahn

Good design is not about form following function. It is function with cultural content.

Carl Magnussen

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.

Mies van der Rohe

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.

Frank Gehry

A building is not just a place to be but a way to be.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Nature is always right outside our door as a reference and touch point. We should use it far more than we do.

Maggie Macnab

I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.

Luis Barragán

In the face of the economic plight, it is our task to become pioneers of simplicity, that is, to find a simple form for all of life’s necessities, which is at the same time respectable and genuine.

Oskar Schlemmer

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

Winston Churchill

Good architecture is like a good therapy session, a good marriage, a good poem – gently and almost invisibly allowing you to be you, as flawed and as beautiful as you are.

Robert Sullivan

Even a brick wants to be something.
A brick wants to be something.
It aspires.
Even a common, ordinary brick… wants to be something more than it is.
It wants to be something better than it is.

Louis Kahn

No architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

John Ruskin

People who build their own home tend to be very courageous. These people are curious about life. They’re thinking about what it means to live in a house, rather than just buying a commodity and making it work.

Tom Kundig

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.

Zaha Hadid

Light must always win.

Maurice Smith

In Jack Nasar’s research on American’s taste in homes, only one group preferred the modernist house: architects.

Winifred Gallagher

Architecture is like fashion, cuisine, or love, the elaboration of something essential to existence. It embellishes shelter…

Rowan Moore

Preservation by appreciation. That’s what I am all about.