One of the most important and sometimes subtle things to share with an architect is your own vision, tastes and preferences. This is where an idea book is invaluable. Whether you compile a low-tech scrapbook of photos and images from magazines or use one of several internet or app methods, sharing images of what you like and don’t can help an architect to get in tune with what you want.
It follows that the balance we approve of in architecture, and which we anoint with the word 'beautiful', alludes to a state that, on a psychological level, we can describe as mental health or happiness.
― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness