I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?

Philip Johnson

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.

Philip Johnson

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.

Philip Johnson

All architects want to live beyond their deaths.

Philip Johnson

I like to be buttoned onto tradition. The thing is to improve it, twist it and mold it; to make something new of it; not to deny it. The riches of history can be plucked at any point.

Philip Johnson

Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space.

Philip Johnson

I wish someone would ask me to design a cathedral.

Philip Johnson

To me, the drive for monumentality is as inbred as the desire for food and sex, regardless of how we denigrate it. Monuments differ in different periods. Each age has its own.

Philip Johnson

Architecture is art, nothing else.

Philip Johnson