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I don't consider myself a star or a celebrity. I'm a simple guy who works a lot.
Sometimes I have to accept a job I don't really want. Hardly anybody comes up to you with a commission; it's all competitions these days.
We want our buildings to work like a machine that will create a pleasurable environment.
I find if my body feels well and I exercise regularly, I think better, work better and feel better.
Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You've got to be prepared in everything you do.
America has always imported history.
For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job.
I'm just a nice and easy person.
IBM has a very solid business image.
In Europe, they're more demanding, the ones that rent the build ings.
The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture.
Critics are entitled to have an opinion, but how can they judge how comfortable a building is? No critic is smart enough to judge how a building will perform over time.
German and English firms operate internationally, while French firms do not. The only place where they all have work is in China. Anybody can sell himself in China!
I used to buy nice clothes and drive a nice car when I couldn't afford it. But I spent all my money doing it, and now I don't have to. I like nice things. I like to travel in a certain style. I like to live in a nice place.
Most architects say: I want to use this type of glass, even if it's too reflective or doesn't let enough light in. However, the use of a certain type of glass might change the comfort level.
You'd never think of taking a cab if you had to walk a mile down Chicago's Michigan Avenue. But in a bad city you take a cab just to go around the corner.
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