If We Talked About Architecture Like We Talk About Writing

architectureThis post was brought to you on behalf of Nicole Tuttle for her birthday from Rich and Felix.

“Where do you get your ideas for buildings?”

“Oh, I could never do what you do — you know, get up in the morning and go to my job and do my job there.”

“Sometimes I feel like I have a building in me.”

“What’s your favorite building to re-look at?”

“Oh, I’d love to design an office complex, but I’m just so busy.”

“Is this skyscraper autobiographical?”

“This particular building really surprised me. I mean, I designed it, and I approved it, and I oversaw the construction of it, but it still really surprised me. My buildings are always surprising me.”

“Do you have a designing process, or do you just sort of build it all at once?”

“Architect like a motherfucker.”

“How many floors is a good building supposed to be, roughly?”

“Designing a building is such a wild, messy process. It’s amazing that any buildings get built at all, but somehow the crazy cosmic dance continues.”

“Will you sign my house?”

“But I’d like to talk about the parts of the building I didn’t build.”

“Who would you cast in a film adaptation of your building?”

“Do you do most of your building during the day or when you find an inspiration?”

“Build anything. Build everywhere. You’re going to build a lot of structurally unsound buildings that collapse and kill hundreds before you’re able to build something that can withstand an earthquake.”

“I have a building idea for you; it’s totally fully formed in my mind already, but I just don’t have the time to build it myself. Can I tell you about it for your next building?”

“Draft drunk. Construct sober.”

“If you don’t have time to look at buildings, you don’t have time to design buildings. It’s as simple as that.”

“What made you decide to put such a graphic sex scene on the ninth floor?”

“Do you ever have days where you just can’t plan a courtyard?”

“Does your wife ever look at your buildings before you’re finished?”

“I’m a new architect, and I’m wondering if you have any advice on finding construction contracts.”

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