#MondayMotivation with 5 Favorite Architectural Quotes from Donna Gaines


Good Morning! Are you looking for a few pieces of architectural gold to get your week started? If so, we have a few insights for you! Donna may no longer be in the office every day, but she is still a part of our Gaines International world. As such, we have some of her favorite quotes listed below. And keep an eye out on the following Mondays of this month, as we may just have more on the way! Without further delay, here are her first 5 favorite quotes, with commentary, from Donna Gaines:

1. “Form Follows Function”: Louis Henry Sullivan is a Principle associated with modernist architecture and industrial design in the 20th century. He felt the shape of the building should be primarily based upon it’s intended function.

2. “Every good architect is necessarily a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day and his age”:  Frank Lloyd Wright is one of my favorite architects who designed hundreds of buildings and homes which inspired prairie style architecture in the 1900’s -1920’s.  Prairie style architecture plans have broad, gently sloping sheltering roofs with prominent low chimneys, typically two stories or more and have boxed shapes with a horizontal emphasis.

3. “Good ideas come from everywhere. It’s more important to recognize a good idea than author it”: Jeanne Gang.  Jeanne is a Mac Arthur Fellow & founder of Studio Gang a Chicago/New York design firm. Jeanne Gang is one of my favorite architects. Her balanced approach and humility  are recognized in her diverse ecologically driven design projects.

4. “I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build”:  Ayn Rand –this is a great quote that is simple and shows her purpose very succinctly.

5. “Less is more and God is in the Details”:  Meis Van der Rohe was a minimalistic designer that called his buildings skin and bones architecture.   There are many buildings in Chicago that reflect this approach, beautiful and clean architecture. Click here to read more about Meis Van der Rohe’s work in Chicago.

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