Quote of Note | Rafael Viñoly

“This is a profession that generates an enormous amount of arrogance. Architects feel empowered to give opinions about politics and sociology and philosophy without knowing much about it. Kind of in the same way that they think they can design furniture or fashion or utensils for dining. I think architects tend to believe that they can almost do anything, which is a wonderful characteristic, but in some cases you just fall flat. Theatrical design is just a completely different vocabulary. It’s a very, very difficult thing to do well.”

-Architect Rafael Viñoly, who with Mimi Lien has designed the sets for the Richard Strauss opera Die Liebe der Danae at New York’s Bard College, in an interview with The New York Observer