To me, the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. To be able to do what you want to do is incredible freedom.
To fly we have to have resistance.
When I was building the Vietnam Memorial, I never once asked the veterans what it was like in the war, because from my point of view, you don't pry into other people's business.
I went through withdrawal when I got out of graduate school. It's what you learn, what you think. That's all that counts.
We were unusually brought up; there was no gender differentiation. I was never thought of as any less than my brother.
My goal is to strip things down so that you need just the right amount of words or shape to convey what you need to convey. I like editing. I like it very tight.
Even though I build buildings and I pursue my architecture, I pursue it as an artist. I deliberately keep a tiny studio. I don't want to be an architectural firm. I want to remain an artist.
Math, it's a puzzle to me. I love figuring out puzzles.
I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me.
I probably have fundamentally antisocial tendencies. I never took one extracurricular activity. I just failed utterly at that level. Part of me still rebels against that.
The definition of a modern approach to war is the acknowledgement of individual lives lost.
It's only in hindsight that you realize what indeed your childhood was really like.
The process I go through in the art and the architecture, I actually want it to be almost childlike. Sometimes I think it's magical.
I loved school. I studied like crazy. I was a Class A nerd.
Growing up, I thought I was white. It didn't occur to me I was Asian-American until I was studying abroad in Denmark and there was a little bit of prejudice.
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