Cesar Pelli

23Cesar Pelli Quotes

Argentinian Architect born on October 12, 1926,

César Pelli is an Argentine American architect known for designing some of the world's tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects listed Pelli among the ten most influential living American architects. His many awards include the 1995 AIA Gold Medal which recognizes a body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Perhaps his most famous work are the Petronas Twin Towers, which were for a time the world's tallest buildings. He also designed the World Financial Center complex in downtown Manhattan... (source)

I realize that having a style would be very beneficial for my practice from a marketing standpoint, but I can't do it. I believe my responsibilities as an architect are to design the most appropriate building for the place. Each place has a distinct culture and function, which for me requires an appropriate answer. view quote

I see my buildings as pieces of cities, and in my designs I try to make them into responsible and contributing citizens. view quote

Architecture adds dimensions to my life that would be impossible to acquire if I retired. The beautiful thing about architecture is that every project is brand new. I am forced to renew myself with every project. Isn't that wonderful? view quote

I've always loved three-sided patios. Courtyard plans are very common, but it's rare that it has one side open. view quote

My buildings are like my children, so I cannot have favorites. view quote

The Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration will be a building that will connect the excitement of science to the surrounding streets, river and highway. These forms are ambitious and dynamic. They appear to reach out beyond their physical limits. view quote

I always look forward to the next project. That is one of the wonderful things about architecture - you always can hope for another project to design. view quote

When I finished high school, I was 16, and in Argentina you have to choose a career right after high school. There is no such thing as a liberal arts education. view quote

The World Trade Center was for me not only out of scale vertically, but it was also out of scale in plan. It occupied several blocks that were all massed together. view quote

One of America's strengths has always been its openness to the new: both new ideas and new people. view quote

I'm particularly interested in the public role that all buildings play. I believe that we architects should try to go beyond our basic obligations to the public, and our opportunities to do so are many. view quote

When I started designing in school, I discovered that I had a knack for it. I fell completely in love with architecture, and I remain in love with it. view quote

I would have loved to be the designer of the Capitol of the United States. I would love to do some important major public building. view quote

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