"No wonder the film industry started in the desert in California where, like all desert dwellers, they dream their buildings, rather than design them."
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."Arthur Erickson on Steve Jobs
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."Arthur Erickson on Walt Disney
"The artist in me cries out for design."Arthur Erickson on Robert Frost
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."Arthur Erickson on Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy."Arthur Erickson on Erma Bombeck
"With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption."
"Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us."
"Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart."
"The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line."
"Today's developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise."