101. “My father was a politician, and a very important politician, and one of the leaders of the Iraqi Democratic Party, who believed in progress.”
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102. “When women do succeed, the press, even the industry press, spend far too much time talking about how we dress, what shoes we’re wearing, who we’re meant to be seeing. That’s pretty sad for women, especially when it’s written by women who really should know better.”
103. “I am quite sensitive to politics, because you know, as an Arab, an Iraqi, all your life, you are very conscious of it.”
104. “In hospital, people should be able to have time to themselves.”
105. “You don’t always have to show art in what’s called a white box; you can have a kind of complexity within an exhibit which actually respects the art as well.”
106. “For many years, I hated nature. As a student, I refused to put a plant anywhere – a living plant, that is. Dead plants were OK.”
107. “The spirit of adventure to embrace the new and the incredible belief in the power of invention attracted me to the Russian avant-garde.”
108. “It is insufficient for architecture today to directly implement an existing building typology; it instead requires architects to carefully examine the whole area with new interventions and programmatic typologies.”
109. “In Iraq, many of my female friends were architects and professionals with a lot of power during the 1980s while all the men were at war in Iran.”
110. “Contrary to popular view, I’ve never been patronized in the Middle East. Men maybe treat women differently, but they do not treat them with disrespect. They don’t hate women. It’s a very different kind of mentality.”
111. “I made a decision when I was in school that I’d have a lot of male friends.”
112. “I don’t particularly like showing furniture on pedestals, but for whatever reasons you always have to in museums.”
113. “I will always have two regrets. I don’t have a presence in London, and I would have liked to have done more work in the Middle East.”
114. “I find industrial cities exciting. I like their toughness.”
115. “I really love Miami, but I don’t think the architecture matches the city. It’s a bit too commercial.”
116. “The commission process in America and England is different. In America, they do it through an interview process, and it’s really based on whether they like you or not. I mean, it’s nothing to do with whether you do the best scheme or the worst scheme.”
117. “There are so many great galleries and museums in London, but they can be very crowded during the day.”
118. “I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality.”
119. “I think that in life you don’t need too much; you need friends, you need to do what you like doing.”
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