"You don't know what the Chinese expect in the way of beauty. The presentation is just a farce. You come into a room filled with 50 people and they don't talk to you. There's very little interaction."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Helmut Jahn on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Helmut Jahn on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Helmut Jahn on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Helmut Jahn on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Helmut Jahn on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"A city building, you experience when you walk a suburban building, you experience when you drive."
"Every building is a prototype. No two are alike."
"I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away."
"It's my goal to make a building as immaterial as possible. Architecture is a very material thing. It takes a lot of resources, so why not eliminate what you don't need as long as you're able to achieve the same result?"
"The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture."