Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most famous American [building] architects of all time, worked on over 500 structures and left a few notes of wisdom for us to consider. While the comparison between software and building architecture breaks down pretty quickly, the quotes below apply to both disciplines.
- A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.
- All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.
- An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
- Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
- Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
- Get the habit of analysis - analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.
- Less is only more where more is no good.
- The architect must be a prophet... a prophet in the true sense of the term... if he can't see at least ten years ahead don't call him an architect.
- The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.
- The truth is more important than the facts.
- "Think simple" as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.