What's the meaning of architecture? It can be understood based on an ideological basis or influenced by a period in time. Certain styles are often admired or criticised retrospectively, defined as an ideal, or announced as an aspiration to strive for change. Over time, celebrated architects have defined their own manifestos and statements about the definition of architecture. Here are a few of our favourites.

National Maritime Museum © Morley Von Sternberg

Every building has, at its heart, a generating idea, which must express itself through every part and in every detail – Denys Lasdun

To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history, but to articulate it. - Daniel Libeskind

Marble Saloon, © Will Pryce

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. - Julia Morgan 

Less is more, less is a bore. – Robert Venturi

Yr Ysgwrn © Paul McMullin

Architecture is a dangerous mix of power and importance. - Rem Koolhaas

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. – Mies van der Rohe

Cardigan Castle

In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose. - Augustus W. N. Pugin

I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing. - Tadao Ando

Clifton Cathedral © Phil Boorman

We do not create the work. I believe we, in fact, are discoverers. – Glenn Murcutt 

Architecture is really about wellbeing. I think that people want to feel good in a space … On the one hand it's about shelter, but it's also about pleasure. - Zaha Hadid

St Fagans © Phil Boorman

A profound design process eventually makes the patron, the architect, and every occasional visitor in the building a slightly better human being. - Juhani Pallasmaa

Architecture is a learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. – Le Corbusier

By Jess McCulloch