"…the plan should instantly show the relative importance and use of the various apartments, access to these should be of the easiest, and true architectonic feeling obtained by the whole by allowing the nature of the site and its position with regard to the compass, the character of the materials used in the building, and the habits of the people to use it, together with the personal temperament of the designer shown in this use of mass, line, proportion, light and shade etc, to express themselves fully. When these matters are attended to, how seldom, practically never, does it happen that one plan will suit two clients and two sites, and how the question of style settles itself. It is not a matter of “I wonder what style I shall do this in.” The above set of circumstances determines the style."
— William Gummer - from The Study of Architecture, a presentation to the Auckland Architectural Students Association (now the AAA
) in 1914. As quoted in Cameron Moore’s “The Design Philosophy of Gummer and Ford”
in Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 30, Open
, edited by Alexandra Brown and Andrew Leach (Gold Coast, Qld: SAHANZ, 2013), vol. 2, p 487-497. (via fraserarchitecture