” It is good to learn from the ancients. I’m a bit of an ancient myself. They had a lot of time to think about architecture and landscape. “


” Modern architecture needed to be part of an evolutionary, not a revolutionary, process. “


” A lasting architecture has to have roots. “


” I think the artistic side of architecture was natural to me. My mother was an artist and a poet. “


” I’ve never left China. My family’s been there for 600 years. But my architecture is not consciously Chinese in any sense. I’m a western architect. “


” I came, I studied architecture in America, so my technical background’s completely western. But my seventeen years, the formative years of one’s life, and I can’t say that the Chineseness in me is not there. “


” To me, form doesn’t always follow function. Form has a life of its own, and at times, it may be the motivating force in design. When you’re dealing with form as a sculptor, you feel that you are quite free in attempting to mould and shape things you want to do, but in architecture, it’s much more difficult because it has to have a function. “


” The essence of architecture is form and space, and light is the essential element to the key to architectural design, probably more important than anything. Technology and materials are secondary. “


” In northern architecture – the cathedrals of Europe and all the little churches – the details, the carving of stone, become necessary because the light is not there to help you very much. You have to enrich surfaces. The desert reduces form to its simplest nature. There is no need for gargoyles or flying buttresses in the desert. “


” Architecture must not do violence to space or its neighbors. “



All 10 I. M. Pei Quotes about Architecture in picture


It is good to learn from the ancients. I
Modern architecture needed to be part of an evolutionary, not a revolutionary, process.


A lasting architecture has to have roots.
I think the artistic side of architecture was natural to me. My mother was an artist and a poet.
I
I came, I studied architecture in America, so my technical background
To me, form doesn
The essence of architecture is form and space, and light is the essential element to the key to architectural design, probably more important than anything. Technology and materials are secondary.
In northern architecture - the cathedrals of Europe and all the little churches - the details, the carving of stone, become necessary because the light is not there to help you very much. You have to enrich surfaces. The desert reduces form to its simplest nature. There is no need for gargoyles or flying buttresses in the desert.
Architecture must not do violence to space or its neighbors.