If there s anything architects like doing more than designing buildings, it s talking about architecture. Whether musing about their inspirations (a blank sheet of paper, the sun hitting the side of a building), expanding on each other s thoughts (on materials, collaboration, clients, and constraints), or dishing out a clever quip, architects make good copy.
The Architect Says is a colorful compendium of quotations from more than one hundred of history s most opinionated design minds. Paired on page spreads like guests at a dinner party (an architect of today might sit next to a contemporary or someone from the eighteenth century) these sets of quotes convey a remarkable depth and diversity of thinking. Alternately wise and amusing, this elegant gem of a book makes the perfect gift for architects, students, and anyone curious about the ideas and personalities that have helped shape our built world.
"A pocketbook of inspiration.... Coming across unexpected quotes or ones that hit a nerve makes a flip through the book great. A couple of my favorites includes Jan Kaplicky: 'It's not a sign of creativity to have sixty-five ideas for one problem. It's just a waste of energy.' and Frank Gehry: 'I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.' These and other quotes make the book a great gift."