"I believe that good architecture should reflect a holistic appreciation of reality. Reality, it is held, has a hierarchy of awarness levels within which there exists both outer and inner dimensions. The outer (ecological) dimension relates to a finite world of limited energy-income from the sun, of fixed energy reserves. The inner, (cultural) dimension relates to human kind, who have an infinite, hidden reseve 0f energy --the spirit-- that can often transcend the limited context of this phenomenal world."
Nader Ardalan Contemporary Architects, 1987, p. 44.
Kassarjian, J. B. and Nader Ardalan. 1982. The Center for Management Studies, Tehran. In Higher-Education Facilities. Margaret Bentley Sevcenko, (ed). Cambridge, Massachusetts : Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.