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Louis Kahn
Born (1901-02-20)February 20, 1901
Pärnu, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire[1]
Died March 17, 1974(1974-03-17) (aged 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Awards AIA Gold Medal
RIBA Gold Medal
Buildings Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban
Yale University Art Gallery
Salk Institute
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Phillips Exeter Academy Library
Kimbell Art Museum
Projects Center of Philadelphia, Urban and Traffic Study

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.
The street is a room by agreement.
Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.
Louis Kahn
Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.
Louis Kahn
The first thing that an architect must do is to sense that every building you build is a world of its own, and that this world of its own serves an institution.
Louis Kahn
Architecture struck me between the eye and the eyeball.
A room is not a room without natural light.
In a small room one does not say what one would in a large room.
I try to create homes, not houses.
If people want to see Beaux-Arts, it's fine with me. I'm interested in good architecture as anybody else.
Louis Kahn
Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.
Louis Kahn
What does a house want to be?
A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.
Louis Kahn
You say to a brick, 'What do you want, brick?' And brick says to you, 'I like an arch.' And you say to brick, 'Look, I want one, too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.' And then you say: 'What do you think of that, brick?' Brick says: 'I like an arch.'
Louis Kahn
How precious a book is in light of the offering, in the light of the one who has the privilege of this offering. The library tells you of this offering.
Louis Kahn
Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.
Louis Kahn
Every building must have... its own soul.
Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.