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Frank Gehry's Quotes

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Born: 1929-02-28
Profession: Architect
Nation: American
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Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.

Tags: Architecture, Place, Time

For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did. And I get the sweats. I go in and start working, I'm not sure where I'm going. If I knew where I was going I wouldn't do it.

Tags: Insecurity, Work, Working

You've got to bumble forward into the unknown.

Tags: Forward, Unknown

Look, architecture has a lot of places to hide behind, a lot of excuses. 'The client made me do this.' 'The city made me do this.' 'Oh, the budget.' I don't believe that anymore.

Tags: Behind, City, Excuses

For me, every day is a new thing.

Tags: Inside, Work

Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it's a way of - for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.

Tags: Happen, Together, Work

And I realized, when I'd come in to the meetings with these corrugated metal and chain link stuff, and people would just look at me like I'd just landed from Mars. But I couldn't do anything else. That was my response to the people and the time.

Tags: Else, Stuff, Time

Some people may say my curved panels look like sails. Well, I am a sailor, so I guess I probably do use that metaphor in my work - though not consciously.

Tags: May, Though, Work

When I was a kid, my father didn't really have much hope for me. He thought I was a dreamer; he didn't think I would amount to anything. My mother also.

Tags: Father, Hope, Mother

An architect is given a program, budget, place, and schedule. Sometimes the end product rises to art - or at least people call it that.

Tags: Art, End, Sometimes

Most of our cities built since the war are bland. They're modernist, they're cold, and now architects want to go back to that.

Tags: Cold, Since, War

My buildings are all on budget.

Tags: Budget, Buildings

There is a backlash against me and everyone who has done buildings that have movement and feeling.

Tags: Done, Everyone, Feeling

Well, I've always just - I've never really gone out looking for work. I always waited for it to sort of hit me on the head.

Tags: Head, Looking, Work

I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did, and I get the sweats, I go in and start working, I'm not sure where I'm going.

Tags: Insecurity, Start, Working

Drawn by warm nostalgic feelings for the place and by two sweet little words: 'Open Bar.'

Tags: Feelings, Place, Words

Grown men have been seen fleeing after reading the menu posted outside.

Tags: After, Men, Reading

Kristin Brown looks as though she could have been mailed first-class to New York for about a dollar and a half.

Tags: Half, She, Though

Pressed caviar has the consistency of chilled tar.

Tags: Caviar, Chilled, Pressed

Scrooge pushed past Mary number 1 and Joseph number 2 in the wings without so much as an 'excuse me'. Typical.

Tags: Number, Past, Wings