Seeing as much as you can
I believe, and I’ve told anybody who will listen to me, that an architect should see as many things that are designed or have designs, whether they’re natural, paintings, sculpture, graphics, architecture. He should see as much as he can. He should spend as much time in a museum looking at great art as looking at buildings. My elementary theory is that our brain, a computer, absorbs all this whether we’re aware of it or not. When you get down to doing some work, the more you see, the more this computer may throw out. You don’t say, “I want to do the cathedral at Chartres.” You’ll just subconsciously have more choices than you would if your computer was half-empty because you didn’t see anything but architecture.