"Art is very tricky because it's what you do for yourself. It's much harder for me to make those works than the monuments or the architecture."
"We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us."Maya Lin on Winston Churchill
"Whatever good things we build end up building us."Maya Lin on Jim Rohn
"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."Maya Lin on Ayn Rand
"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom."Maya Lin on Ayn Rand
"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age."Maya Lin on Frank Lloyd Wright
"Some of your teachers are actually closer in age to you than you think."
"I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me."
"Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have."
"Even though I build buildings and I pursue my architecture, I pursue it as an artist. I deliberately keep a tiny studio. I don't want to be an architectural firm. I want to remain an artist."
"I probably spent the first 20 years of my life wanting to be as American as possible. Through my 20s, and into my 30s, I began to become aware of how so much of my art and architecture has a decidedly Eastern character."