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10 Quotes that Prove Architects are Basically Grumpy Cat

10 Quotes that Prove Architects are Basically Grumpy Cat

In memory of Grumpy Cat, who went to kitty heaven earlier this year, here’s a compilation of quotes that prove architects are basically Grumpy Cat.

architect quote, Frank Gehry, architecture, architect, building, grumpy cat
98% of what gets built today is sh**. – Frank Gehry

“98% of what gets built today is sh**. There’s no sense of design nor respect for humanity or anything. They’re bad buildings and that’s it.” – Frank Gehry.

Fun fact: One of Frank Gehry’s most famous works as an architect is his own private Santa Monica residence.

Frank Lloyd Wright, quote, architect quote, less is more, design, grumpy cat
Less is only more where more is no good. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Fun fact: Wright was extremely prolific: he designed over 1,000 different structures and completed 532 of them.

Le Corbusier, quote, drawing, architecture, grumpy cat
I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies. – Le Corbusier

Fun fact: Le Corbusier also designed furniture, leading to this delightful quote: ”Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois.”

Zaha Hadid, architect, quote, easy life, architecture, grumpy cat
If You Want an Easy Life, Don’t Be an Architect. – Zaha Hadid

Fun fact: Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize and designed the Guangzhou Opera House and Broad Art Musuem in Los Angeles.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, quote, architect quote, architecture, goals, grumpy cat
I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Fun fact: A man of five names, he went by “Mies.”

Jean Nouvel, building, famous, architect, quote, architecture, grumpy cat
My buildings are more famous than me. – Jean Nouvel

Fun fact: He is correct. #goals

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Luis Barragan, serenity, architecture, quote, architect, grumpy cat
Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake. – Luis Barragan

Fun fact: All of Barragan’s completed projects are located in his native Mexico. Serenity. Now.

Massimo Vignelli, fight, ugliness, grumpy cat, cookie monster, architect, quote
Fight against the ugliness. – Massimo Vignelli

Fun fact: Vignelli designed the famed New York City Subway map.

Ludwig Mies ven der Rohe, build, architect, quote, grumpy cat, architecture
Build! Don’t talk. – Ludwig Mies ven der Rohe

Fun fact: Mies was really good at pithy quotes.

Frank Gehry, architect, quote, grumpy cat
I don’t know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do. – Frank Gehry

Fun fact: Frank Gehry is 90 years old and still lives in Santa Monica in the famous house that he built, where he presently does not give a shingle about your feelings. Carry on good sir. Carry on.


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Eugene Lee

Zaha designed the Broad Art Museum at Michigan St University. Diller Scofidio design the Broad Museum in LA.