Design That Shapes Lives

As an architect, I am often asked about why I am now focused on IT and programming. Actually, they are really quite similar....

"The practice of architecture is the most delightful of all pursuits."

Philip Johnson

"Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program."

Linus Torvalds

"My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we - architects - can effect the quality of life of the people."

Richard Rogers

"I think that it's extraordinarily important that we in computer science keep fun in computing. When it started out it was an awful lot of fun. But then we began to feel as if we really were responsible for the error-free, perfect use of these machines. I don't think we are. I think we're responsible for stretching them, setting them off in new directions and keeping fun in the house."

Alan J. Perlis

"Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall. The sunlight did not know what it was before it hit a wall."

Louis Kahn

"The computer programmer is a creator of universes for which he alone is the lawgiver. No playwright, no stage director, no emperor, however powerful, has ever exercised such absolute authority to arrange a stage or field of battle and to command such unswervingly dutiful actors or troops."

Joseph Weizenbaum

"Form follows function."

Louis Sullivan

"The most important property of a program is whether it accomplishes the intention of its user."

C.A.R. Hoare

"Less is more."

Mies Van Der Rohe

"One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code."

Ken Thompson