"You have to see a building to comprehend it. Photographs cannot convey the experience, nor film."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Arthur Erickson on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Arthur Erickson on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Arthur Erickson on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Arthur Erickson on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Arthur Erickson on Mark Twain
"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."