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On teaching architecture

"There are certain things that are teachable, and there are many things that are not teachable. For instance, you could probably not really teach design. You can clarify what other people thought about design and what it implies, but you can’t teach people to be talented. It’s an innate thing. People are born architects or they’re not born architects. I’ve seen very intelligent people who will never be architects, no matter how much they try..."
Kaplan, Michael. "Interview with Paul Rudolph." University of Tennessee Journal of Architecture 16 (1995): p. 3.

Reaction to Architecture

"Everyone in his own way is affected by his environment. The chords that are struck in people are not necessarily the ones which the architect anticipates. It seems to me the better the building, the more variety of chords that are struck."
Soo, Lydia, and Robert Ousterhout. "On the Destruction of Paul Rudolph's Christian Science Building: The Vicissitudes of Functionalism." Inland Architect 31 (March/April 1987): 69.

Reflecting on the Art and Architecture Building, Yale University.

"I've never worked on a building that affected me as much as that one does. I'd like to think that, in spite of everything, it says something about the nature of architecture."
Crosbie, Michael J. "Paul Rudolph on Yale's A & A: His First Interview on His Most Famous Work." Architecture: The AIA Journal 77 (November 1988): p. 105.

From "Paul Rudolph: Lower Manhattan Expressway"

"One characteristic of the twentieth century is that nothing is ever completed, nothing is ever fixed. We don't think of things being complete within themselves...So the whole idea of the uncompleted building which is going to be expanded in unknown ways is an obsession."
Kilian, Steven, et al. "Paul Rudolph: Lower Manhattan Expressway" New York: The Drawing center, 2010. p. 18.

On the Landmark Award to Paul Rudolph's Former Residence at Beekman Place, New York

  “The juxtaposition of modern and traditional forms creates a dialogue between the old and the new, and makes this building one of the most provocative landmarks in New York City. The Rudolph penthouse also is the City’s only landmark whose significance stems from a 1970s intervention.” Robert B. Tierney, Chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, November 16, 2010.


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