...I have no weapons, I'm absolutely unarmed and vulnerable
to the world, money, clients, everyone. The only thing that interests
me in this profession, aside of the professional aspects, is the human
...In my experience the architectural product depends very little
on one's good intent or abilities. In the world of money, which
is foreign to me, the power of money always seems to work against
high quality. If there is no civilized reception for architectural
issues, then they are reduced to mere material and financial problems
on the part of the client. Because you have to understand something
of ideological value in order to be able to make sacrifices for
it. And the problem is that it is precisely this understanding
which is lacking. I think architects will have an easier job once
the clients' intelligence and education is raised to a higher level.
...I work whenever I am not with my family or out running. My
strange lifestyle developed when my children were small and I refused
to waste the daytime, God's light, with cooking, but I had to take
care of my family. I always enjoyed playing with the children,
so I got used to working at night. I feel fine. As a woman and
as a person, this is the amplitude of my existence. One minute
I fall into despair and cry, the next minute my joy is limitless.
...Luckily, in our profession we often meet people who are a lot
like we are, who think like we do, who are just as natural as we are,
and who do their work with the same love we do. There are four of us
in the studio, we have been together since 1976, which was when we
finished college. What is valuable to me, what do the others consider
valuable - this is what we talk about, and we're friends too. Our children
grew up side by side.
.It's obvious, that these fast, spectacular, showy so-called
results are recognized and widely accepted as values, but these
mean nothing to me. One doesn't pay attention to these.
...I don't feel that I'm missing out on anything. It would be
nice to go to a few places, just to have a look around. If anything
that's what I miss, throwing a sack over my shoulder and just
going wherever I please. I miss that.
...The past few years I have definitely felt that the profession
is less respected. Not that it was ever held in high esteem,
but I feel that architectural design just isn't as important
anymore. I always feel that I just can't work any more than I
do, but then I always do. I feel that today one has to struggle
and suffer more. The earth was never solid, but it's as if it
were more unsure today.