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When the Americans are behind you, they’re behind you 100%, and this gives you real confidence as an architect. They expect you to lead a…
Often, architects work too hard trying to make their buildings look different. It’s like we’re actors let loose on a stage, all speaking our parts…
It used to be presumed that if you weren’t at your desk working, you weren’t working, But we said, ‘Why can’t we make a workplace…
A building is no good if someone’s got to explain to you why it’s good. You can’t say you don’t know enough about architecture –…
I have always worked a bit with fashion people. I worked with Issey Miyake for a while, then Dolce & Gabbana; now we’re working with…
We see buildings in Britain mostly as freestanding objects. They are not meant to have a dialogue with anything around them, or with history, or…
The quality of the Neues Museum’s construction is extraordinary even by German standards, and people can smell that quality. The concept would not have been…
It’s unfortunate that a certain type of stripped-down classicism became the in-house architectural language for 20th-century fascism. Can an architectural language recover from such an…
In Britain, we’ve tended to replace the kind of architectural culture valued in much of Europe with an in-flight magazine lifestyle – all branding, marketing…
I like to be surrounded by books. My wife Evelyn has a Ph.D. in comparative literature, so we have a lot of her Spanish and…
It is difficult to separate oneself from one’s design moralities.
Most architects work in studios largely divorced from academia, as if ideas, criticism and historical research were irrelevant.
I don’t think architecture is radical. How can something that takes years and costs millions be radical?
I do very little industrial design. I’m asked a lot, but I certainly don’t see myself as an industrial designer.
You don’t restore ‘The Last Supper’ by filling in the missing bits – you preserve. You accept the material that has somehow survived.
Seeing architecture differently from the way you see the rest of life is a bit weird. I believe one should be consistent in all that…
I do quite like Gehry’s Guggenheim. But where in Bilbao it’s seen as an outgrowth of years of investment in urban design and engineering, in…
I spent more than ten years working on the Neues Museum. It was a wonderful experience, an example of real collaboration between architects, conservationists, curators,…
I’m suspicious of the idea of architects acting like business executives, brand managers, or purveyors of luxury goods.
I suppose I’m trying to build an architecture that’s as timeless as possible, although we’re all creatures of our age.
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